Sometimes I ever so slightly regret that I decided to expand upon the basic idea of this blog and moved on from the official studio recordings to all the other recordings as well, such as the early demos. You see, I hold myself to a certain standard and in a way pride on that standard – these are all in public viewing and if people read more than one entry then they’re obviously at least vaguely interested, and therefore their interest should be catered to as well as possible. There’s been entries in the past that I’ve found hard to write about but I always had thoughts and opinions about the songs and in time those opinions transferred into words on a screen. But then you’ve got songs like these early demos: proto-Manics at their very youngest, inexperienced and unskilled. Practice songs that never saw a light of day as fully recorded songs for obvious reasons. Some are better than others: they have some sort of intriguing angle from a fan perspective or they’re simply comedic in their young silliness.
Then there’s cases like Love in a Make-Up Bag where you could listen to the song for hours and not be able to come up with anything. Not that I have, because I’m not enough of a masochist. The most interesting thing in it is the title which not only sounds a bit off considering the band’s general title standards but also somewhat intriguing due to the band’s flirtations with femininity and the female angle in lyrics at their early days. It all ends there though. The singing is incomprehensible so you can’t make heads or tails about the actual lyrics and the music is the sort of bog-standard rock thing pretty much every single rock band starts out with in their basement on their third rehearsal and then ignores for the rest of their career.
Which is probably what would have happened with this if some nosy fans weren’t able to get a hold of it and spread it, causing one blogger to then pretend to write about it while really going through every shortcut and sideway possible because there’s not a damn word one can come up with such a generic demo.