THIRD ALBUM DEMOS [?]
Dates: Late 1986
Players: Flea, Hillel Slovak, Jack Irons, Anthony Kiedis
Recorded at: Unknown
Produced by: Unknown
Engineered by: Unknown
Mixed by: Unknown
Released on: Unreleased
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Me And My Friends
Party On Your Pussy
It's unclear exactly what these recordings are, nor is it clear when they were recorded. When they leaked to the internet is also unknown. Here's the unconfirmed information we've been able to uncover:
The band recorded mostly-instrumental demos of Backwoods, Behind the Sun, Party On Your Pussy and an early version of Me and My Friends (plus four unknown tracks) in April 1986, with Keith Levene producing.
In an interview with this site, Michael Beinhorn stated that when he met up with the band in December of 1986, he was given a tape containing Subterranean Homesick Blues, Walkin' On Down The Road and Party On Your Pussy. When we showed him these five tracks, he said the versions of Blues and Pussy were different recordings than the ones he received. The tracks Beinhorn received then have not leaked.
Furthermore, according to Dave Thompson's 1993 book True Men Don't Kill Coyotes, when Beinhorn initially met up with the band he was "furious" at the fact that they only have five completed songs. There are five songs in this collection, however the missing version of Walkin' On Down The Road is unexplained. We believe, though this is unconfirmed, that these five tracks belong to the time after the Keith Levene demos and before Beinhorn's meeting the band. There's a good chance that they were recorded at EMI's studios at Liberty Records on Sunset Boulevard, which they frequented at the time.
The versions of Backwoods, Party On Your Pussy and Me and My Friends heard here very closely match the versions they played live on November 23 and 24, 1986, though Party On Your Pussy has been sped up and refined slightly; none of the demo versions of the song feature Hillel's solo after the breakdown, however the first live version does, and the live version of Me and My Friends has Anthony's completed vocals, whereas the demo is still rough.
Also of note is that the version of Subterranean Homesick Blues heard here is much slower than the demo version cut with Beinhorn, and of course the final version, so one can assume that it comes from before those recordings.
As far as Flea's speech, heard at the beginning of Subterranean - no clue.
Another factor that needs to be considered is that for a brief period, Anthony was kicked out of the band. The rest of them recruited Ron Young of Little Ceaser, and even recorded a few demos with him. Do some of the unknown demos date from his time with the band?
However, we may be incorrect. Any further information would be greatly appreciated.