Two rare demo recordings of what is thought to be an early incarnation of todays Radiohead line-up have recently appeared on YouTube. In the early days of Radiohead, before they were known as Radiohead of course, and minus guitarist Johnny Greenwood, the indie pioneers were known as On a Friday.
Girl (In The Purple Dress)
In October 2011 YouTuber klootme uploaded two tracks, “Girl (In the Purple Dress)” and “Everybody Knows” and also explained origins of the demo tracks:
“History behind the tape is that my husband was at school with the band and partied with them (before Jonny joined them!). Phil was at Uni with us both in Liverpool. The demo was given to my husband at 17 in school. We used to go and see them play in Oxford and was friends with them. They were fairly inactive from 1987 -1990 as a band. But when everyone had finished Uni they got back together and tried to make a go of it.”
You can find more information about the track list and photos from the demo over on the blog: Poptart, What’s Our Mission?.
I personally love these rare tracks and you can really hear elements of both early Radiohead (Pablo Honey) and later Radiohead. It’s great to hear Thom Yorke’s young voice and some interesting saxophone solos!