Eddie Vedder Demos

I haven’t found any local Tampa music. To be honest, I got up this morning, ate breakfast, and then went to the beach. In an hour or so, I’m going to eat dinner and go drinking. So... I haven’t really even been looking for local music.

I like finding and sharing local music when I travel. I know those posts don’t get the hits like when I post recordings of John Lennon (allegedly) speeding like a freight train, but this is about having fun and finding new music. If I were here to turn a profit, well, first I probably wouldn’t be able to afford an Internet connection, but I would also try more often to post stuff that would draw millions of hits. Have you heard the latest about LiLo?
Moving on....

While not catering to the masses, I have found some Eddie Vedder demo recordings. I ran across these about a month ago, and, per usual, didn’t keep track of where they came from. Some obscure site somewhere, I imagine.

I don’t know much about these recordings, unfortunately. This note came with the file: “This tape was sent by Eddie to the guy who lived downstairs from he and Beth in San Diego when he moved to Seattle. A collective group of fans...purchased this from Eddie's neighbor/friend.”

The tape is from the 1988 time period, a couple of years before Eddie joined Pearl Jam.

The site Cathedral Stone has a little additional background information about this demo tape, as well as the original version Eddie recorded.
Unfortunately, neither demo tape drew any response from the recording industry. To Eddie it was a letdown, but not a setback. He knew his demo tapes would be a long shot (recording quality problems and no band). Eddie was initially prepared for the worse, and had a thought out game plan to achieve his eventual success. At that time he knew it was time for plan B. It was time to find himself a band in which he could practice, play, record, and most importantly draw music industry attention. He now had a couple of demo tapes in hand to present to potential band members in the search for his new band. That was it. Eddie was ready to move on to the next step, and he was enthusiastic. It was almost time for some Bad Radio.
And if you go to the I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blog, you will find that Heather posted some Bad Radio quite a while ago (but the links were still active when I checked). There are also some sweet PJ demo recordings in that post.

Update: I wrote the preceding last night, then discovered that I had apparently cleared my cache, thus erasing the saved passwords (or something). Being out of town, I had no access to the master list of passwords, which is carefully kept on a piece of scratch paper somewhere at home. So I had to e-mail my host’s support team to get my password. Anyway, here’s the music I tried to post yesterday. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going out drinking again tonight.

One Step Up (Bruce Springsteen cover).mp3
Believe You Me.mp3
Reggae Woman.mp3

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At 8:19 PM , Blogger Nazz Nomad said...

hey- you heading to the old cuban area in tampa (ybor city?) there is a great brewpub there- you can get a huge sampler tray with like 14 different beers on it.

At 11:09 PM , Blogger Adam said...

Check oout Skipper's Smokehouse for the local music and good food in Tampa...and Jannus landing in St. Pete...

At 9:06 AM , Blogger aikin said...

Nazz - yeah, I was at that brewhouse in Ybor last night. I didn't have the sampler plate, but I did have a couple of decent beers.

Adam - dammit! I'm leaving Tampa today. I'll have to check those places next time I'm here


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