Early Radiohead Demo Tape From Late 80s Is Up For Auction

Early Radiohead Demo Tape From Late 80s Is Up For Auction

Posted 19 Jan 2021
Radiohead. Photo by Gie Knaeps/Getty Images. 

A six-track demo tape featuring unheard tracks from On A Friday, the school band that would go on to become Radiohead in 1991, is set to go under the hammer next week.  The tape, titled Gripe is expected to go for around $3000 at Omega Auctions, who describe it as “an incredible piece of Radiohead early recording history.” 

The group – brothers Jonny and Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway and Thom Yorke – first came together in the late 80s at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire and named themselves after the day of the week when they met for rehearsal.

Tom Yorke designed the cassette cover and inlay card that says “Gripe + 3 trax at beginning." The unheard tunes are prefaced with "Before the ones overleaf are the following (most recent recordings 1989) Promise Me (Thom), Body(?) in a box (Colin/Thom), These are the Chains (Thom).” The other three songs on the demo are “Happy Song,” “To Be A Brilliant Light” and “Sinking Ship.”

Radiohead demo tape. 

The auction ends on January 26th – check out the listing here!

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