John Henry Demos

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John Henry Demos
Collection by They Might Be Giants
First released December 10, 2018
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Tracks 19
Label Idlewild Recordings Length 50:54


John Henry Demos is a limited release collection of demos from They Might Be Giants' fifth album, John Henry. It was originally released as an Instant Fan Club exclusive download in 2012, before being publicly rereleased on CD and vinyl (as an LP with a 7") in 2018.

The collection consists of full-band studio demos of every song from John Henry presented in album order, with the exception of Stomp Box (which did not have a demo recorded).

Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Subliminal (Demo) 2:38

 

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2 Snail Shell (Demo) 3:20

 

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3 Sleeping In The Flowers (Demo) 3:46

 

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4 Unrelated Thing (Demo) 2:28

 

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5 AKA Driver (Demo) 3:09

 

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6 I Should Be Allowed To Think (Demo) 2:27

 

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7 Extra Savoir-Faire (Demo) 2:51

 

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8 Why Must I Be Sad? (Demo) 3:57

 

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9 Spy (Original Version) 2:30

 

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10 O, Do Not Forsake Me (Richard Reagan Demo) 2:37

 

11 No One Knows My Plan (Demo) 2:19

 

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12 Dirt Bike (Demo) 1:55

 

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13 Destination Moon (Demo) 2:24

 

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14 A Self Called Nowhere (Demo) 3:13

 

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15 Meet James Ensor (Demo) 1:39

 

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16 Thermostat (Demo) 2:05

 

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17 Window (Demo) 0:59

 

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18 Out Of Jail (Demo) 2:18

 

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19 The End Of The Tour (Demo) 3:05

 

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Leaked demo tape[edit | edit source]

In the 1990s, a leaked cassette tape circulated with demo versions of eight John Henry-era songs, recorded in 1993. With the exception of "Ondine" (a b-side from the era), these recordings were all eventually included in the official John Henry Demos release in 2012 (and many were officially available earlier in Podcast 27A in 2007).

Track listing[edit | edit source]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 No One Knows My Plan (Demo) 2:19

 

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2 Sleeping In The Flowers (Demo) 3:46

 

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3 A Self Called Nowhere (Demo) 3:13

 

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4 Meet James Ensor (Demo) 1:39

 

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5 Thermostat (Demo) 2:05

 

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6 Ondine (Demo) 2:24

 

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7 Why Must I Be Sad? (Demo) 3:57

 

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8 Dirt Bike (Demo) 1:55

 

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Other demos from the John Henry sessions[edit | edit source]