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simple minds: 6 tracks
tracks
1. Act Of Love [Demo](4:18)
2. European Son [Demo](4:06)
3. Cocteau Twins [Demo](3:51)
4. Chelsea Girl [Demo](6:17)
5. Did You Ever? [Demo](2:33)
6. Pleasantly Disturbed [Demo](8:14)


recording date
11th-12th May 1978


line-up
Simple Minds #5


producer
Lex McEwan and Simple Minds #5


studio
CaVa


additional information
When people talk about the Life In A Day demos, or the first Simple Minds demo tape, then this is normally the tape they’re referring to.

This demo tape was part of the legendary backlash against Life In A Day - many felt the album lost the edge of these raw recordings.

These demos were recorded to get press and record company interest, with cassette copies being widely circulated. Despite that, they weren’t bootlegged. One copy landed on Bruce Findlay's desk, but he had fulfilled Zoom's plans for that year and didn't see any reason for taking the band on.

Tony Donald had just departed, so Derek Forbes temporarily filled the role of bass - he wanted to return to lead guitar after playing bass in The Subhumans. However, his guitar was stolen whilst recording these demos, so Derek Forbes asked to stay on as the band’s bass player.

It cost £226 to record.

Lex McEwan was Brian Young's engineer. Lex left the studio a year later to become a surfer in Cornwall.

Some biographers mention a song called Doo Be Doo - this was the original title of Did You Ever?.

On some later cassette copies, the band replaced European Son with the earlier demo of Wasteland.

These demos were eventually released on The Early Years 1977-1978 CD compilation.

The image of the demo tape box was taken from The Early Years 1977-1978, on which the graphics designers have superimposed a graphic of Jim.






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