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Background Information

1984 was a pre-Queen band that consisted of primarily of Brian May (guitar), Dave Dilloway (bass), John Garnham (guitar/vocals), Richard Thompson (drums), John Sanger (piano), and future Smile lead vocalist Tim Staffell (vocals/harmonica). After some success as a support act for artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, T-Rex, and Pink Floyd, 1984 had a chance to record a professional demo. On March 31, 1967 the six members of 1984 recorded 12 tracks at Thames Television's Broom Lane Studios in Teddington. The group was allowed to test new recording equipment that the studio had just purchased. All tracks were done in one take, a microphone for each source, and mixed in mono. By 1968, Brian had left the band and was shortly followed by Tim. The two later went on to form their next group together, Smile. Note that 1984 did have other band members before and after the Thames Television demo tape. For more information on 1984 check out the Queenpedia.com entry here.

1984: Thames Television Demo Tape

Hold On, I'm Comin' 3:40
Written by Issac Hayes/David Porter
Appears on:
Unreleased
A cover of the 1966 hit by Sam & Dave.

Knock On Wood 2:53
Written by Eddie Floyd/Steve Cropper
Appears on:
Unreleased
A cover of the 1966 hit by Eddie Floyd.

NSU 3:41
Written by Jack Bruce
Appears on:
Unreleased
A cover of the Cream song, which was the B-side to their 1966 hit "I Feel Free".

How Can It Be 3:19
Written by Ronnie Wood
Appears on:
Unreleased
A cover of The Birds song, which was the B-side to their 1965 single "No Good Without You".

Step On Me (Take 1) 3:10
Written by Tim Staffell/Brian May
Appears on:
Unreleased
The only original composition recorded by 1984. The song is pretty close to the later Smile version. Brian's backing vocals are clearly heard, but his guitar is quite low in the mix.

Step On Me (Take 2) 3:19
Written by Tim Staffell/Brian May
Appears on:
Unreleased
This take starts with a count in and is pretty close to Take 1, though there a few new drum fills, and Brian's guitar is much louder in the mix. Take 2 ends with a drum roll.

Purple Haze 4:22
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Appears on:
Unreleased
A cover of the 1967 hit song by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Our Love Is Drifting 3:24
Written by Mark Bloomfield/Elvin Bishop
Appears on:
Unreleased
A cover of the 1965 song by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Remember 2:17
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Appears on:
Unreleased
A cover of the 1967 song by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Sweet Wine 3:34
Written by Ginger Baker/Janet Godfrey
Appears on:
Unreleased
A cover of the 1966 Cream song.

Get Out Of My Life Woman/Satisfaction 7:24
Written by Allen Toussaint - Mick Jagger/Keith Richards
Appears on:
Unreleased
A medley of covers which includes Lee Dorsey's 1966 hit of Allen Toussaint's "Get Out Of My Life Woman" and The Rolling Stones' 1965 hit song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction".

My Girl 2:23
Written by Smokey Robinson/Ronald White
Appears on:
Unreleased
A cover of the The Temptations' 1964/1965 hit single.