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 | edit source]

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 14:59 Next demo tape 1985 Demo Tape


Description[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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 | edit source]

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 8:05 Next demo 1985 Demo Tape



Track listing[edit | edit source]

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

 

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2 Rabid Child 1:31

 

3 Number Three (1985 Demo) 1:41

 

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

 

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Tape 3[edit | edit source]

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 9:19 Next demo 1985 Demo Tape


Cassette

Description[edit | edit source]

The tracklisting of this tape is identical to the first four tracks of the 1984 Demo Tape.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

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

 

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2 You Kill Me 1:57

 

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3 Cowtown 2:17

 

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4 Rhythm Section Want Ad 2:40

 

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Tape 4[edit | edit source]

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  ? Next demo 1985 Demo Tape


Description[edit | edit source]

This tape is unique to the Darinka archive at NYU.

The mix of "I'm Def" (labeled "I'm Deaf") may be unique to this tape. It has a long breakdown toward the end in which the familiar sample of the caller is played at greater length and with the other instruments mixed down. A footnote provided on the J-card reads "(features a real response of one Dial-A-Song caller)". The other two songs on the tape are effectively identical to their full-length 1985 demo versions, although they may be different bouncedowns, and so the proportions of voices and instruments in the mix might be very slightly different.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Nothing's Going To Change My Clothes 1:49

 

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2 She Was A Hotel Detective 2:19

 

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3 I'm Deaf 1:25

 

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