Extremely rare 1986 Radiohead demo tape to be auctioned in September

Nine-track cassette features songs that have never appeared on any official Radiohead releases

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An extremely rare Radiohead demo cassette from 1986 is to be sold at auction this September.

The demo cassette features six songs that have never appeared on any official Radiohead releases: 'Fragile Friend', 'Girl (In The Purple Dress)', 'Everybody Knows', 'Mountains (On The Move)', 'Lemming Trail' and 'Lock The Door'.

The nine-track demo cassette is rounded off by remixes of 'Fragile Friend', 'Lemming Trail' and 'Lock The Door'. At the time of recording, Radiohead were still known as On A Friday. Tracks from the demo cassette have appeared online in recent years and you can listen to 'Lemming Trail' at the bottom of this article.

The demo cassette will go to auction at 10.30am on Saturday, September 14 at Omega Auctions in Stockport. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather told NME that he expects the sale price to exceed £1,000 and also clarified the origins of the item.

"It has come directly from an old friend of the band who was at school with them at Abingdon School. We have copies of his school yearbook from 85/86 showing him and all four members of the band," Fairweather explained.

On September 14, Fairweather will also auction off diary pages and hand-written lyrics that belonged to Pete Doherty during the making of 'Up The Bracket' along with one of the singer's paintings. More information is available at the Omega Auctions website.

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