Radiohead As Young Dudes

Youtube user klootme has given the internet some rough tracks the band scratched out in its pre-fame infancy. The band recorded these, allegedly for their 1986 demo tape, before they had tucked into their Talking Heads lyric sheets for their present name and when they were called On A Friday. There is a sax solo involved. The website Pop Tart Mission has klootme’s background blurb:

History behind the tape is that my husband was at school with the band and partied with them (before Jonny joined them!). Phil was at Uni with us both in Liverpool. The demo was given to my husband at 17 in school. We used to go and see them play in Oxford and was friends with them. They were fairly inactive from 1987 -1990 as a band. But when everyone had finished Uni they got back together and tried to make a go of it. They went to the States…we went backpacking to India for 6 months. Six months later we retured from India…saw Colin with a binbag full of laundry at the lauderette…..”so much for the States” we laughed…….” I remember seeing them in Oxford where me and my husband made up an audience of 6!

Hear them:

“Everybody Knows”

“Girl (In The Purple Dress)”

(via SKOA)

Comments (16)
  1. Hang in there, guys. It gets better.

  2. Wow, they’ve hardly changed at all

  3. oh hii Roxy Music

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    • if you actually read the article you would know this was back when they were called ‘On A Friday’

      • Dan here is what you’d call a Bendsist. He’s saying you can effectively disregard anything Radiohead (or On A Friday) did before 1995, as it doesn’t even approach the genius of the subsequent music. By the same logic, you could say that Radiohead didn’t exist before 1997, or 2000. I’d argue he’s right.

  5. The legend of Raz Peterson is born.

  6. The original title for “Girl (In The Purple Dress)” was “If People Hear This Years From Now, They Will Laugh and Vomit Simultaneously at How Putrid We Sound.” It’s true, I read it at AllMusic.

  7. I think the picture says it all

  8. I can definitely see how this band eventually made King of Limbs (not.)

  9. hehe, 1st one not as awful as i’d assumed, all the ‘on a friday’ stuff is horrid, but that 1st one def. shows the seeds of future greatness. track 2 not so much. still funny to hear, they were still babies though.

  10. I think these may be the band’s best two songs ever.

  11. I kind of like the first track. It’s generic, but it’s better than most of Pablo Honey.

  12. Sounds much better if you play both tracks at once.

  13. Sounds like an early U2 album on a warped cassette

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