1985 Promotional Demo Tape

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They Might Be Giants released several demo tapes in 1985, one of which (commonly referred to as the "1985 Demo Tape") functioned as an prototype album, sold by the Johns. The rest seem to have been intended strictly as promotional tools, often with handwritten labels, and are listed below in order of their discovery by fans.

Tape 1[edit]

1985 Promotional Demo Tape #1 demo tape cover

1985 Promotional Demo Tape #1 back cover
1985 Promotional Demo Tape #1
Demo tape by They Might Be Giants
First released 1985
Release details / collectors: Show | Hide
Tracks 3 (intentional) / 8 (total) Last demo tape Wiggle Diskette
Label TMBG Music Length 15:01 Next demo tape 1985 Demo Tape


Description[edit]

This is a tape that was discovered in 2001 by a curator for the Warhol Museum. It was possibly archived by Andy Warhol himself, but, according to Linnell, "we had friends who worked at the Warhol Institute before he died, so it may be something that came from someone other than him." It seems to be a tape of demos which has been partially recorded over, presumably by John or John, with some recordings that were used to back them as a duo in their early live performances.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head (Demo 2) 2:05

 

N/A
2 Youth Culture Killed My Dog (1985 Demo) 2:58

 

N/A
3 Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes (Promotional Demo Tape Version) 1:55

 

N/A
4 Boat Of Car (Rhythm Section Instrumental) 0:25

 

N/A
5 Alienation's For The Rich (Rhythm Section Instrumental) 2:25

 

N/A
6 You'll Miss Me (Rhythm Section Instrumental) 1:47

 

N/A
7 Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes (Rhythm Section Instrumental) 1:55

 

N/A
8 The Famous Polka (Rhythm Section Instrumental) 1:31

 

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  • Note: These are the tracks actually on the cassette. However, included on a business card-sized card that came with the tape was the tracklisting for the 1984 Promotional Demo Tape.

Tape 2[edit]

1985 Promotional Demo Tape #2 demo cover
1985 Promotional Demo Tape #2
Demo by They Might Be Giants
First released 1985
Release details / collectors: Show | Hide
Tracks 4 Last demo Wiggle Diskette
Label TMBG Music Length 8:19 Next demo 1985 Demo Tape



Description[edit]

Called a "They Might Be Giants Album Sampler" in the liner notes, this cassette features a unique recording of Youth Culture Killed My Dog. Two copies of this tape have been found without a J card. The cover image comes from a circa 2000 eBay auction.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 (Put Your Hand Inside The) Puppet Head 2:10

 

N/A
2 Rabid Child 1:31

 

3 Number Three (1985 Demo) 1:41

 

N/A
4 Youth Culture Killed My Dog (1985 Promotional Demo) 2:57

 

N/A
N/A

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Tape 3[edit]

1985 Promotional Demo Tape #3 demo cover
1985 Promotional Demo Tape #3
Demo by They Might Be Giants
First released 1985
Release details / collectors: Show | Hide
Tracks 4 Last demo Wiggle Diskette
Label TMBG Music Length 9:30 Next demo 1985 Demo Tape


Cassette

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Everything Right Is Wrong 2:25

 

N/A
2 You Kill Me 1:57

 

N/A
3 Cowtown 2:23

 

N/A
4 Rhythm Section Want Ad 2:45

 

N/A

Tape 4[edit]

1985 Promotional Demo Tape #4 demo cover
1985 Promotional Demo Tape #4
Demo by They Might Be Giants
First released 1985
Release details / collectors: Show | Hide
Tracks 3 Last demo Wiggle Diskette
Label TMBG Music Length 5:39 Next demo 1985 Demo Tape


Cassette

Description[edit]

This tape is unique to the the Darinka Archive at the Fales Library at NYU. It contains Nothing's Going to Change My Clothes, a unique version of She Was A Hotel Detective based off of the 1985 demo tape version but without the “ooh” vocals at the beginning and a noise solo in the bridge, and I'm Deaf which is nearly identical to the 1985 demo tape version except for the last 20 seconds of the song, where the drum machine level is lowered and continues through to the end of the vocals. The drums then return to full volume and continue with the pattern for an additional 4 seconds beyond the demo tape version. A footnote provided on the J-card reads "(features a real response of one Dial-A-Song caller)".

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Nothing's Going to Change My Clothes 1:55

 

N/A
2 She Was A Hotel Detective 2:19

 

N/A
3 I'm Deaf 1:25

 

N/A


Tape 5[edit]

1985 Promotional Demo Tape #5 demo cover
1985 Promotional Demo Tape #5
Demo by They Might Be Giants
First released 1985
Release details / collectors: Show | Hide
Tracks 3 Last demo Wiggle Diskette
Label TMBG Music Length 6:49 Next demo 1985 Demo Tape



Cassette

Description[edit]

This tape was sold in an eBay auction in July of 1999.


Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Youth Culture Killed My Dog (1985 Demo) 2:58

 

N/A
2 (Put Your Hand Inside The) Puppet Head 2:10

 

N/A
3 Number Three (1985 Demo) 1:41

 

N/A