Skin Deep – Demo

Skin Deep
1987 Independent
Tempe, Arizona, USA

Mitzi Melville – Vocals
Theodore Munk (Ted Worthless) – Guitar
Marc Oxborrow – Bass
Dave Baker – Drums

  1. Buffalo
  2. No Clear Skies
  3. Jah (and Our Theory Of The Universe)
  4. Pretty
  5. Cajun Spiced Potatoes
  6. Butterfly
  7. Instrumental
  8. Which Needle Is Mine, Mon?

So while cruising the interwebs looking for info for the CUE, I stumbled across the website for the Right Reverend Theodore Munk, also known as Ted Worthless of No Laughing Matter fame. He had some mp3s of old bands up there, so I thought would add them to the website. The first up is Skin Deep, a band that existed around 1987 (about the same as No Laughing Matter). The sound here is kind of garagy, trippy form of alternative rock not too far off from NLM. Dave Baker was also the drummer on the first NLM demo as well. The recording quality these songs really isn’t that bad considering this was on a 4-track cassette deck. Interesting from a historical perspective as well.


Divine Right – Tongues of Fire

Divine Right
Tongues of Fire
1987 (no label)
Rensselaer, New York, USA

Kevin Brandow – All vocals and instruments
Bob Alvaro – Rhythm guitar on “Silent Victory”

Side 1:

  1. Tongues of Fire
  2. On Guard
  3. Far Far Away

Side 2:

  1. One Way
  2. Mystery Uncovered
  3. Silent Victory
  4. Lightning

Divine Right got some attention for releasing a compilation CD called …So Far in 1991. I had originally thought that So Far was a complete demo compilation, but now I see that only the songs “Tongues of Fire” and “Lightning” from this demo made it on to that CD. Guitarist Kevin Brandow is also known for joining Petra later on and recording music with them that… sounded nothing like this. Anyways, this demo is heavy metal that seems part commercial metal, part neoclassical metal, part traditional/power metal. I also didn’t realize that all music and vocals were performed by Kevin on this demo except for rhythm guitars on one song. Pretty impressive, as this didn’t sound like a one-person band project. Not that those are always bad, but you can usually tell.

No Laughing Matter – Live Bootleg Skate Concert

No Laughing Matter
Live Bootleg Skate Concert
1987 Worthless Records (WR-026)
Mesa, Arizona, USA

Scott Roman – Vox, synth
Ted Worthless – Guitar
Joe Domikaitis – Bass
Nate Stiffer – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Thermodynamics
  2. Wildest Dreams
  3. Alone With You
  4. We Can’t
  5. The Great Harlot
  6. The Call

Side 2:

  1. Chosen
  2. Closer Than a Heartbeat
  3. Speed-Killer
  4. Psychotic Wallpaper
  5. All God’s Children

So this is an underground recording of a live concert by No Laughing Matter. Most of the songs on here appear on other demo tapes except for “Closer Than a Heartbeat” and “Speed-Killer.” There seem to be two versions of this: one that is clearer (but still a bit muffled) but recorded on a hand-written DIY tape, and another that is harder to hear, but on a tape that has labels that were typed up and made to look professional. The second one cuts off the end of the last song on side one as well. So I went with the first one, of course. I also had a hard time figuring out how to break this down, because there is sometimes a lot of talking between the songs. It seems that the free download of this semo online just went with keeping both sides as one track. I tried to see if I could break the banter between tracks to group with songs before and after, but that didn’t work too well. So I just made all the between-song banter into their own tracks (not listed above, of course).

X-Terra – Demo

1987 (no label)
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Clint Reed – Vocals, guitar
Anne Kachline – Vocals, bass
Bob Kachline – Drums

  1. Rockin’ for Jesus
  2. The Sky is Red

As far as I can tell, this is the first demo by X-Terra, the heavy metal trio with one dude doing guitars and vocals and the husband/wife team holding down the rhythm section. The first track is kind of a bluesy/Southern-rockish track with Clint on lead vocals, while the second track is more of a metal ballad with Anne and Clint on lead vocals. The band was still going strong as of 2017, so they must be doing something right. While they were straight forward hard rock/metal on this release, they did go in a more groove metal direction in the future.

Den S – Demo (original version)

Den S
Demo (original version)
1987 Bad Quality Tapes
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Dennis Childers – All vocals and instruments

  1. Nowheresville
  2. Small Talk
  3. Lovely Lies

I was just wonder what the difference between the remixed/expanded version of this demo and the original itself, when what do I find in the tape stack? So, you can see the original song order and three songs on the first version. What is the difference with these songs and the later ones? They are mostly similar, just having slight changes in some instruments here and there, and the intro to “Nowheresville” is different in structure (but not too much). But overall, there are still basically the same songs.

Spectra – Demo

1987 (no label)
Rubidoux, California, USA

Martin DeBourge – Screaming vocals, basic bass
Bob “Bobby” Wasson – Guitars
Joe “Joey” Doherty – Second guitar
Rick “Ricky” Doucette – Drums

  1. Forever
  2. Lost N Lonely

The name sounded metal, and sure enough – this is a metal band. Somewhat high-pitched vocals that I almost mistook for female vocals. Two songs with no j-card doesn’t really let you know much about the band, but they seemed to play and write competently. The second songs starts off and ends like a ballad, but it really hits a metal stride in the middle. If you dig around online enough, you can find these songs, as well as an old MySpace page for the band with pictures. That is where I got some of the details above. It appears that Martin DeBourge was the lead singer for the first Torman Maxt album as well.

The Doug Edgar Project – The Doug Edgar Project

The Doug Edgar Project
The Doug Edgar Project
1987 (no label)
Victoria, British Columbia, USA

Doug Edgar

Side 1:

  1. Holdin’ on to You
  2. No Matter What

Side 2:

  1. I Remember
  2. You Must be the Answer

I’m not sure who Doug Edgar is, but he was able to put together a good tape of quality classic rock/80s hard rock. But the question is – was this tape all Doug, Doug sharing the work with others, or Doug not doing much but assembling an excellent band around himself? Anyways, there is a classic rock sensibility to the songs, but the keyboards and electronic drums have a distinct 80s feel. Also the occasional classic / hard rock riff shines through.

Missing Information: who played what on this?