1986 Demo Tape

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1986 Demo Tape
Demo tape by They Might Be Giants
First released 1986
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Tracks 7
Label TMBG Music Length 10:19

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Everything Right Is Wrong Again (1986 Demo) 1:02


2 Which Describes How You're Feeling (Demo) 1:24


3 Don't Let's Start (1986 Demo) 2:39


4 (She Was A) Hotel Detective (1986 Demo) 2:20


5 Chess Piece Face (1986 Demo) 1:38


6 Sally Boy Candy Bar 2:28


7 Nightgown Of The Sullen Moon (Demo) 1:27




  • Very little is known about this "demo", or whether this tape even is a demo or a "counterfeit fake" by a fan. The style of tape used is anachronistically impossible based on the supposed date of the "demo" (being a Maxell brand from a style first seen in 1992 with the MX-90),and has been actively 'weathered' to remove all traces of the tapes history. In addition, the quality of the labelling - lacking the full band name and with imprecise labelling, seems implausible as a genuine release.
  • The tracks are scattered around the tape, with a substantial amount of blank space in between many tracks, indicating that there might have been more that have since been erased.
  • The versions of Everything Right Is Wrong Again, (She Was A) Hotel Detective and Chess Piece Face (which are unique to this demo tape) are all very similar to the versions that are found on the The Pink Album.
  • The track Sally Boy Candy Bar appears to have been dubbed over by an unknown source.