11th-12th May 1978
Simple Minds #5
Lex McEwan and Simple Minds #5
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.
Jim hitched down to London with 12 copies to distribute to various record
companies. 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
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
Jim took a pack of twelve cassette copies and hitched to London where
he distributed them to the A&R departments of various record companies.
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.