This is my solo piano demo of Don't Bang The Drum, recorded in March 1985 at Park Gates Studio, England.
The song had a complicated genesis.
I gave the original version of the lyric - written autumn 1984 - to keyboard player Karl Wallinger. Karl set it to music in a sassy 60s retro style, with most of the melodies that would end up in the final version ("Well, here we are..." etc), but with a different groove and some different chords. I built on this, removing some lyrics, adapting the melodies to suit my own voice, and changing/adding some chords. That's what you hear on this demo.
Three months later the album version was recorded, following the blueprint of the demo, but with full sound and a new intro, written by myself, featuring Roddy Lorimer's trumpet.
(I spent two days recording piano /vocal demos like this of most the songs I'd written for the album - around 25 of them, both finished and unfinished. All the demos have the same piano/vocal sound and intensity as this version of Don't Bang The Drum, and include Be My Enemy, Custer's Blues, Medicine Jack, Spirit, Winter Blows, The Waves, Sleek White Schooner, Beverly Penn, The Pan Within, The Whole Of The Moon and others that have never made it to an album in any form. Maybe one day I'll talk to EMI about putting them out as an album.)
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