Imagine what it was like for 4AD chief Ivo Watts-Russell the first time he listened to the Red House Painters' demo tapes. Demos, by nature, are rudimentary things, often suggesting promise but rarely realising it. Most demos are excruciatingly bad - the kind of unlistenable things you play for bemused friends so they, too, can wonder why the potential musician ever bothered in the first place. Red House Painters were luckier.Read more
by MARTIN ASTON
I still have the C100 Memorex cassette that he gave me. There are two San Francisco phone numbers (one “day”, one “eve”) and the name “Mark”...