The Quiet – This Dreaming

The Quiet
This Dreaming
1987 (no label)
Wellington, New Zealand

Belinda Bradley – Voice
Martin Robinson – Voice
Ashley Lienert – Guitars, bass
Bill Wood – Guitars, bass
Mike Yates – Drums
Perry Bradley – Sax

Side 1:

  1. Catch Your Heart
  2. Radio Silence
  3. With You, With Me

Side 2:

  1. Videophony
  2. News of the World
  3. O Babylon

The Quiet is a slightly alternative band that is mostly straight ahead rock. It’s just kind of jangly-pop enough to make it interesting to the less tribalistic alt fans, kind of like Jacob’s Trouble. The male and female lead vocalists trade off from song to song. Throw in a little bit of saxophone here and there, a bit of reggae, and a few other 80s standards, and you have the sound here. I don’t really know much else about this band beyond this release.

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Double Check – Good to Know

Double Check
Good to Know
1987 (no label)
Weedon, England, United Kingdom

All instruments and voices by Andy and Joy Clark

Side 1:

  1. You Worry Me
  2. Behind the Mask
  3. I Need You
  4. Good to Know

Side 2:

  1. Please Don’t Call My Name
  2. Nobody Else but You
  3. Better
  4. Give Away
  5. Come On Julie

An earlier demo by the husband/wife (or brother and sister?)  team of Andy and Joy Clark. I don’t know how many tapes them ended up putting out, but they were pretty good at it. This is mostly rock with some noticeable new wave / alternative rock leanings – even more so than on their 1989 Shake It Down demo. The more aggressive guitar-based songs like “I Need You” are the ones I gravitate towards more, but they also write some good pop rock tunes as well. Not sure what else there is out there, but I suspect there is probably at least more demo between this one and the other one.

Skin Deep – Demo

Skin Deep
Demo
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

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.