Another big release that came out during the Murmurs sabbatical. Thoughts on the demos put out with the Automatic for the People 25th Annivesary?
Mike’s Pop Song - Interesting that this never saw the light of day. Doesn’t fit with Automatic, but seems stronger (perhaps with some lyrical tweaks) than songs on other 90s/00s albums.
Cello Scud - Sweetness Follows is one of my favorites and I like the feedback on the album version, but there is something really nice about the stripped back demo too, particularly with the solo organ during the second part of the chorus.
Bill’s Acoustic - Wish they had done something with this. Nice sound.
Arabic Feedback - Interesting sound.
Howler Monkey - I prefer the electric guitar in this vs. Ignoreland.
Pakiderm - I’ve never cared for New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 and wished it wasn’t on AFTP, but it was interesting to hear this played out.
Afterthought - Also known as New Orleans Instrumental No. 2…never minded this as an outtake.
6-8 Passion - Neat to hear an early version of Try Not to Breathe. They were correct to build it up with more instrumental and vocals for the album cut.
Hey Love - Interesting to hear this as a more organic cut. Doesn’t quite have the unique mood of the album cut with the 10cc touch.
Devil Rides Backwards - Too bad Stipe didn’t do more with this. The instrumental was fairly minimalist, but there was a lot of potential. I like the random piano chords sprinkled throughout.