The first stuff This Heat recorded in their Cold Storage studios,in a disused meat factory, was their Demo tape, “Reference”. In late 1976 and early 1977, the first versions of those familiar classics came into fruition. Some parts of these tunes can even be identified as parts of the finished tracks on the first album,notably the opening section of 'Horizontal Hold'; but after that it takes some very different routes to the tune we know and love.
There's the only studio version of 'Aerial Photography', a very raw 'Rimp ramp Romp', and a tune that appears nowhere else in This Heat recorded history; “The Rough and the Smooth”,which is pretty horrible! Even This Heat weren't perfect,but wise enough to bin this song off, yet unwise enough to send 'Rimp Ramp Romp' with it, which I think is one of their best tunes!?
Only “The Fall of Saigon” seems to be fully formed,well maybe 'A Diet of Worms' too I suppose?
This is the demo tape that got them a slot on the John Peel show in'77.
Not the best quality,but an interesting insight into the early Heat.
|4||–||A Diet Of Worms|
|6||–||The Rough And The Smooth|
|7||–||Rimp Ramp Romp|
|8||–||The Fall Of Saigon|