bad radio demos

Eddie’s first band, bad radio, was a southern california quartet whose initial focus was Red Hot Chili Peppers covers; they formed in 1986. Eddie’s last show with bad radio was in february of 1990.

These songs are notable in that they offer a glimpse into the incipient stages of Eddie Vedder’s song writing development. It was during his stint with bad radio he penned “betterman”.

goof & gremmie had their first taste of bad radio from a Pearl Jam bootleg that was purchased for an exorbitant $30 from a record store called – we kid you not – “the vinyl solution”. Classy.

twofeetthick has a great write-up of a handful of these songs. click here to go there.

  • Answer [Demo]
  • Believe You Me [Demo]
  • Believe You Me
  • Betterman [Demo]
  • Betterman [Live]
  • Crossroads [Demo]
  • Homeless [Demo]
  • Homeless
  • I’m Alive [Demo]
  • Just a Book [Demo]
  • One Step Up [Demo]
  • One Step Up
  • Reggae Woman
  • Sock ‘O Pussies [Demo]
  • Street Funky Man [Demo]
  • What [Demo]
  • What the Funk [Demo]

 

 

     

    7 Responses to bad radio demos

    1. [...] It’s been a long time since anything “new” has surfaced, but Antiquiet recently came into possession of a direct copy of a tape that Eddie dubbed for a co-worker at his old job at San Diego Petroleum, somewhere in range of late 1989 or early 1990. On it we found thirteen tracks, including a couple entirely “new” recordings (to the PJ fanbase at least), a few familiar ones, and most substantially, far more listenable dubs of both 1989 Bad Radio demos.” [...]

    2. [...] It’s been a long time since anything “new” has surfaced, but Antiquiet recently came into possession of a direct copy of a tape that Eddie dubbed for a co-worker at his old job at San Diego Petroleum, somewhere in range of late 1989 or early 1990. On it we found thirteen tracks, including a couple entirely “new” recordings (to the PJ fanbase at least), a few familiar ones, and most substantially, far more listenable dubs of both 1989 Bad Radio demos. [...]

    3. [...] There’s an early recording of Pearl Jam classic Betterman and covers of Kenny Rogers’ Something Inside So Strong and What A Wonderful World by Sam Cooke. This new collection also has better quality demos from Vedder’s first band Bad Radio. [...]

    4. [...] though can’t now find the specific page; check out the Bad Radio demos page on Gremmie.net. But this find provides a couple of new songs, along with some better-quality versions of already [...]

    5. Matt says:

      These are great. Thanks for putting them up. Very important part of PJ history.

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