One of the coolest things to have happened since we started this blog (after Tad’s comment a week or two ago) was when one of the readers, Casey, sent me mp3s of
“New God” and “Tunnel of Love” were the only songs from the 1984 demo to later appear (in different recordings) on Come on Down; the 1985 demo erroneously labels these same recordings as “Personality Meltdown” and “Leech,” respectively. The untitled track, which cuts off after about 20 seconds, appears only on the 1984 demo. The same recordings of “Leech,” “Fear,” “Baby Help Me,” and “33 rps” also appear on both demos (as “33 RPM” [which makes more sense than “33 rps”], “Against the Grain,” “Baby Help Me Forget,” and “New God,” respectively). Finally, an early and radically different version of “10,000 Things” (from the Deep Six compilation) appears here as “Twist.”
The 1985 demo contains a version of “Bazaar” that doesn’t appear on the 1984 demo and differs from the version on Another Pyrrhic Victory. Finally, “Together We’ll Never” sounds to like it came from another source; perhaps this version appeared on the Tasque Force Records “Together We’ll Never”/ “Ain’t Nothing to Do” single (which I never owned), as it’s not the version on Rehab Doll; the mp3 has loads and loads of hiss, as if it were a tenth-generation tape.
I emailed former drummer Alex Vincent to ask about the demos, and he wrote a long response that, for some reason, fails to get delivered into my in box. I’ll post it when I finally receive it.
Also, for the hell of it, I’m throwing in the Melvins’ cover of “Leech,” from Gluey Porch Treatments. The mp3’s tag mislabels the song, but rest assured, it’s the right track."Leeech"
All of the songs can be accessed via .zip file here. Considering the bandwidth used by all of these tracks, I highly recommend that you download the .zip file and not each track individually.