Vague – Rough Mix Demo

Vague
Rough Mix Demo
1990 (no label)

  1. Close My Eyes [rough mix]
  2. 2 Lonely People [very rough mix]
  3. Will You Stay [acoustic snatch mix]

My guess is that this is a collection of songs for the same New Talent Showcase at Cornerstone that other bands were making tapes for as well. Vague is known for being the band that evolved into The Wayside. “Close My Eyes” and “2 Lonely People” are basically just rougher mixes of the same songs that later appeared on A Glimpse of Deep Symbolism. The song “Will You Stay” is a slightly different version of the song that appeared on Collage. I don’t know if it was planned for A Glimpse of Deep Symbolism and then dropped or what. Vague was a bit more Alternative rock than The Wayside, but still very good at it.

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Vague – A Glimpse of Deep Symbolism

Vague
A Glimpse of Deep Symbolism
1990 (no label)
Wheaton, Illinois, USA

John Thompson – Vocals, guitars
Jen Williamson – Backing vocals, lead vocals
Michelle Thomason – Backing vocals
Rob Anstee – Keyboards
Joe Disanto – Bass, hair
John Buzzard Mezzano – Drums
Gary Smith – Sax

Randy Kerkman – Lead guitar on “2 Lonely People,” Rhythm guitar and bass on “Close My Eyes,” and acoustic on “Were You There,”
Bruce Franklin – Lead guitar on “Close My Eyes”

  1. 2 Lonely People
  2. Close My Eyes
  3. If You Would
  4. Were You There

Vague was an early band led by John J. Thompson (and maybe Michele as well? Is Thomason a typo or maiden name?) of True Tunes fame before they changed to The Wayside (Ron and John were both in The Wayside later on as well). While some songs like “2 Lonely People” do demonstrate the Americana Rock later perfected in The Wayside, there is also a louder alternative rock guitar rocker moment with “Close My Eyes.” Overall, this demo showcases a good range of alternative music in only four songs. There were also some interesting guests on this album – Bruce Franklin of Trouble and Randy Kerkman of Mission of Mercy/Yonderboy.