circus tents - demo tape 1991 - root beer swilling skate punk!!

during the mid to late 90s i spent most of my time (when i wasn't traveling) in northern california.  in davis, california, to be precise.  i had a radio show at community free-form alternative radio KDVS, as well as helping run Food Not Bombs with my pal Punk Roge, and a little side-job washing dishes for some spending cash.  after Food Not Bombs, sunday afternoons were usually spent poring over records and tapes at any of the local thrift stores.  it was one of these such sunday afternoons that i plucked this cassette out of the sea of cheeseball hair metal and corny new wave offerings that were usually par for the course.  i was already familiar with the band, having had a copy of their only vinyl outing, the hard up EP, which i may be their only other output, period.  someone please correct me if i'm wrong!!  i would surely like to hear more.  every song here is pretty much a winner, topics range from rootbeer (LESS FILLING, TASTES GREAT!), skateboarding, cops, girls, insecurities, etc.  basically anthems for being punk and young.  think bay area hardcore meets RKL...


from the posthumous circus tents myspace:
Old Skate Rock Band from Grass Valley, Ca from 1989 to 1993 (or something like that).After the Circus Tents broke up, Matt and Chad went on to start up The Force, Jon played in Cigar, and Scot did the Wimpy Heroes with Matt and later played in Superuin. Jon now plays in Ra Ra Rabbit. Matt now plays in Viva Hate.


circus tents - demo tape 1991 [cassette rip]
mp3 320kbps VBR [46.33 MB]

01 skateboarding in grass valley
02 why the fuck?
03 to protect and to serve
04 criticized
05 colonel pickering
06 trust
07 root beer
08 can you hear me?
09 worthless
10 go away
11 raid dave's house
12 four count

enjoy, and as always, please leave a comment.


Leah said...

This is simply awesome. Thank you for sharing! I love every band Matt Wedgley has been in. (Well, except Wimpy Heroes which I haven't heard yet.) Unfortunately, I never got the chance to see any of his bands yet (Too young and live in Alabama), so it's a good thing you posted this. It really makes up for it... :)

jimmybuttons said...

glad you liked it!! i'm going to have to look into wimpy heroes!! thanx for reading!

AdamBomb said...

I love hearing obscure demos from the late eighties and early nineties, so this was way cool for me. Thanks for this and the other great stuff you posted. Check out my blog if you get the chance:


jay adams said...

this is a great tape... need an mp3 version of this...

jimmybuttons said...


the download works from rapidshare, if you haven't gotten it yet.

cobra said...

Wow this is really cool. Now I can download my own first band. Haha.
Thanks for remembering us.
Big Jon