Stream (and Download!) a Super-Early REM Demo Cassette

Before anyone knew (or cared) who REM was, they recorded a demo on April 15, 1981. On the 400 cassettes copies they made up were six tracks, including the earliest version of “Radio Free Europe.”  The tapes made their way to various record labels, college radio stations, music writers and clubs.  

A copy of that tape has surfaced.  It’s also been cleaned up and made available for streaming and for downloading.  There’s more to be found here, too.

SIDE A — Auto Reverse: Slicing Up Eyeballs Mixtape (October 2011) by Slicing Up Eyeballs

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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