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Posted 2014/08/07 at 18:29 | By: Gregg | Tags: Artwork, Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse, New Material, Pat Graham

If you're not a member of the Interstate-8 message board, you may have missed the following that surfaced about two weeks ago.

Board member Idioteque was able to acquire two cassettes of largely unheard material. This is a rare opportunity to glimpse into the otherwise largely unknown early history of the band.

The first cassette is titled "Sad Sappy Sucker Chokin On A Mouthful Of Lost Thoughts". This is the original Sad Sappy Sucker tape. Pat Graham has posted a partial track list in the last year, and his does differ slightly from this one, but in name only.

The tape is about 80 minutes long and consists of 39 tracks. Of the 39, 28 are new unheard songs. The rest make up quite a few of the Dial-A-Song tracks from the commercial release of Sad Sappy Sucker, and the rest finally give us official titles to the "Chris Early" demo tape.

The second cassette is titled "A Mouthful Of Lost Thoughts" and is simply a collection of 10 tracks from the first. The second side is blank.

Both cassettes appear to be handmade by Isaac, in a similar fashion to the "Tube-Fruit, All Smiles And Chocolate" and "Uncle Bunny Faces'" tapes that were discovered a few years ago. These new tapes also seem to pre-date those two tapes, as 1. Eric and Jeremiah are not credited at all, and 2. the commercial release of Sad Sappy Sucker notes that the Dial-A-Song tracks were recorded over 1994 and 1995, putting these two new tapes somewhere in that range.

The tracks are mainly Isaac performing solo, but some tracks do feature the following players: Colin, Zeb, Sam, James, Calvin, Trevor and Dan G. We're presuming that Sam and James are both Sam Jayne and James Bertram, who were both members of Lync. That Calvin could be Calvin Johnson and Dan G could be Dann Gallucci.

As mentioned, all tracks found here make up songs on "Demos Given To Chris Early By Eric Judy", which up until now has always consisted of fan titles. So it's good to have some clarity here.

Hunt around in the thread for further discussion from Board members on the findings, as well as a link to download the first tape. Otherwise take a listen to the originally fan titled "This Is Real Life" (a favourite among collectors), which we now know to actually be two songs "Inanimate Know-How" and "Don't Know Direction".

Source: New Tapes: SSS / A mouthful of lost thoughts

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