Radiohead’s demo tape from their school band days is up for auction

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The cassette features previously unheard material from the band and a label designed by frontman Thom Yorke.

A demo tape recorded by the band that would eventually evolve into Radiohead is up for auction. According to Omega Auctions, where the tape is listed, it dates back to 1987 or 1988 and is called Gripe.

It was recorded back when the group went by the name On A Friday. The band members met while studying at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, and the name was inspired by the day of the week on which they chose to rehearse. Gripe features six tracks, three of which have not been heard before, says Omega Auctions. The previously unheard tracks are named Promise Me, Boy in a Box and These Chains.

The cassette sale forms part of a larger online Punk and Indie Auction taking place on 26 January. The demo tape is predicted to sell for up to £2,000.

It isn’t the only piece of Radiohead memorabilia to go under the hammer in recent months. Late last year, the band auctioned off the bowler hat Yorke wore in the video for track Lotus Flower. The auction’s proceeds were donated to Cahonas Scotland, a charity dedicated towards raising awareness of testicular cancer and encouraging self-checks. 

Take a look at the auction listing here.