NME has reported that former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce has tweeted out a link to a YouTube video streaming an old demo The Smiths recorded prior to prepping for their debut album.
A fan of The Smiths? An early recording you’ve probably never heard before. youtube.com/watch?v=39qb3Q…
— Mike Joyce (@mikejoycedrums) March 19, 2013
Titled The Pablo Cuckoo Tape, it was supposedly recorded with a cassette player in Joe Moss’ jeans warehouse Crazy Face in Manchester. The account states:
“I was lent the master cassette by a source close to the band who made the recording, let’s call him Pablo Cuckoo in 1997 with a view of trying to put it out as a semi-official release.? As it was recorded before the band had signed to Rough Trade, technically he had the rights to the recording. But a combination of poor sound quality & threats from Warner Bros meant that the idea was shelved.”
The Pablo Cuckoo Tape Track Listing:
01. You’ve Got Everything Now
02. Accept Yourself
03. What Difference Does It Make?
04. Reel Around The Fountain
05. These Things Take Time
06. I Don’t Owe You Anything
07. Hand In Glove
08. Handsome Devil
09. Miserable Lie
Stream the demo below: