People are always going on about how you can’t make any money with music, but I’m here to tell you that’s simply not true! Case in point: “Top Rated” eBay seller 619andyp has a set of four Radiohead demo cassettes going for a cool 50 grand.
Of course, when Thom and Co. made these tapes, they weren’t calling themselves Radiohead — they went went by On A Friday, before changing their name to Shindig in 1990 (both names way cooler and more timeless-sounding than Radiohead, don’t you agree? No?). Radiohead hyper-obsessives (aka Radiohead “fans”) will be excited to know that some of the cassettes do include early versions of songs that would later make Pablo Honey (not widely considered Radiohead’s best album).
You’d think that any seller trying to move four old cassettes for fitty large would give a detailed explanation of their provenance, perhaps a certificate of authenticity — but not Andy. His description is short and to the point:
Artist: Radiohead (a.k.a. On A Friday, Shindig)??
Title: First four Radiohead demo cassette tapes
Comments: Greatest band in the world
User pays shipping, You can Buy It Now for $49,999.99. Or you can make an offer. I’d be willing to be he’ll go down to $45K for the right buyer. Or you can just download those suckers gratis. But don’t do that. Piracy supports terrorism.
(Thanks to Tim Curtin for the tip!)
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