Artwork: the tape has cover art by Thom of an ink penned alien complete with distorted
and stretched head, and the slogan "Work Sucks" in a speech bubble.
Total running time: 17m 08s
Notes: it's not from the original master, but the quality is pretty good. The sound is less clear and sharp compared to the two previous demos. There is some hiss and slight fluctuations in higher frequencies, just like what you notice on any cassette, even in official ones !!!.
These demos are not MP3 sourced, as can be seen in the image of the Frequency Analysis and Spectral View done with Cool Edit Pro. Protocol for the SHN to FLAC transfer is included.
The Manic Hedgehog demo tape is the title of Radiohead's third demo tape, released in October 1991 on audio cassette. The record was named after an Oxford record shop.
It was distributed around Oxford for £3 when the band was still known as On a Friday, and received favourable reviews from a local music magazine 'Curfew'.
The tape has cover art by Yorke of an ink penned alien complete with distorted and stretched head, and the slogan "Work Sucks" in a speech bubble.
The members of Radiohead all attended Abingdon School, a boys-only public school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.Yorke and Colin Greenwood were in the same year, O'Brien and Selway were one year above and Jonny Greenwood two years below. In 1986, they formed the band "On a Friday", the name referring to the band's usual rehearsal day in the school's music room. On a Friday played their first gig at Oxford's Jericho Tavern in late 1986.Jonny Greenwood joined as a keyboard player but soon became the lead guitarist.
Although Phil Selway, Thom Yorke, Colin Greenwood, and Ed O'Brien had left Abingdon by 1987 to attend university, the band continued to rehearse often on weekends and holidays. In 1991, when all the members except Jonny had completed their university degrees, On a Friday regrouped, but briefly changed their name to "Shindig." The band recorded demos, including the Manic Hedgehog demo tape, performed live around Oxford and appeared on the cover of a local music magazine Curfew. Although Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley had an active indie scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it centred around shoegazing bands such as Ride and Slowdive. On a Friday were never seen as fitting this trend and later commented that they had missed it by the time they returned from university.
As On a Friday's number of live performances increased, record labels and producers became interested.[Chris Hufford, the co-owner of Oxford's Courtyard Studios, attended an early On a Friday concert at the Jericho Tavern.[Impressed by the band, he and his partner Bryce Edge produced a demo tape and became On a Friday's managers. As of May 2007, Hufford and Edge remain Radiohead's managers. The band signed a six-album recording contract with EMI in late 1991, following a chance meeting between Colin Greenwood and label representative Keith Wozencroft at the record shop where Greenwood worked. At the request of the label, the band changed their name to Radiohead, inspired by the title of a song on Talking Heads' True Stories album.
I Can't is different from the later version on the album Pablo Honey, whilst it was played throughout 91 & 92, it was the first song from Pablo Honey to be dropped from the live set.
Nothing Touches Me was a live favourite at the time, dealing with the subject matter of a prisoner who is also a talented painter. It is in the style of the 'alternative' rock dominant in 91. Allegedly, this song played a major role in helping Radiohead get a record deal, but never appeared on any album.
Thinking about You is different from the later version on the album Pablo Honey, here a britpop style thrash, with Thom Yorke's vocals muted due to sound equipment problems. This song was later lifted and taken onto Drill, and further still, to Itch.
Phillipa Chicken was a favourite of EMI, Radiohead's later record company, until the band decided to drop it. Its most notable feature is its stream of consciousness lyrics, and its bassline has been compared to that of The Beatles's Ticket to Ride.
You is powerful rock, with many time changes, and remains considered one of the better songs from their early period. The lyrics are generally regarded as poor, with references to a loved one as the 'sun and moon and stars' showing little of the talent shown in later works. However, it was later re-recorded several times and was taken through to Pablo Honey."
01 I Can't
02 Nothing Touches Me
03 Thinking About You
04 Phillipa Chicken
Original seeded to unknown tracker by ROTH June 12t 2002.
Uploaded to Zomb by JellyBelly on March 18th 2007(who edited the info, added the artwork and Frequency Analysis/Spectral View).
Uploaded to Mind-Warp PaVilion by goa on December 13th 2007.
This is another Wacko Brothers torrent.
(use these to check file integrity, and also if you are unsure whether you already have the same files or not - the prints remain the same even if file names and tags are edited, so if you have the same files, the fingerprints will match)
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02 Nothing Touches Me.flac:f8e07841c091c04f517915a4f17396e0
03 Thinking About You.flac:f11a2da012898a316403682c92d685cf
04 Phillipa Chicken.flac:cae7043059281e798e8058bd54580cec