The demo Radiohead made while they were still in school is up for auction

Almost three decades ago, the band that would become Radiohead was messing about at a school in Abington in Oxfordshire, trying to find their voice. They were called On a Friday back then because that was the only day of the week everyone could get together to rehearse.

Sometime in the early 90s, after the band had changed their name, and was about to break through worldwide, they gave a cassette of demos to a friend. The seller, who wants to remain anonymous, hung onto it as far as he could, but now is putting it up for sale.

The tape features six tracks, three of which never became official Radiohead songs: “Promise Me,” “Boy in a Box,” and “These Chains.” Thom Yorke did all the doodling and artwork. Note that at the time this demo was recorded, the band still had two female saxophone players in the lineup. That would put the recording date somewhere around 1987-88.

The cassette will go up for sale as part of a Punk and Indie Auction conducted online by Omega Auctions on January 26,

(Thanks to Max for the tip!)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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