Jackal demo tape


Back in this post, I mentioned that I’d bought a demo tape by an obscure, forgotten metal band called Jackal. Today I finally got around to recording the tape into MP3’s, then turning those into movies and putting them on Youtube.

As I mentioned before, the design of the logo looks very 80’s, and the music sounds a bit thrashy, or NWOBHM. I can’t find any reference to this particular band anywhere else on the internet, so I might as well be the one to get the name out there! The demo itself has only four tracks, and looks to have been made on the cheap. the insert looks like it was produced on an elderly black and white photocopier, and the red has been added by hand.


The back of the insert is blank, containing no information about where the band comes from (I’ll assume Cambridgeshire, for lack of any other information. I bought it in the RSPCA shop in Cambridge, for the amazing price of 10p), when the tape was recorded, or even what the song titles are (so I’ve guessed them!).

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There’s not even markings on the tape to tell you the sides!

So, without further ado, lets listen to the songs themselves! This could be the first time that anybody but me and the band members has heard them in over 20 years…


“Fallen Angels”

“Promised Land”

“Human Nature”


The miscs

Just a bunch of other photos from my phone…


Revised “looking for a Japanese girlfriend” t-shirt design


Odd thing seen at Camcon

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Things that people made for my work’s charity Halloween party.


Soho Bullit! Right next door to a good Japanese book shop, which is called, er, “Ultimate Dry Cleaning”.

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Suddenly, and for no reason, these thumbnails have started to be stretched vertically. Anway, a gingerbread house somebody at work made for Christmas. Check out the second photo!


Third hibernating butterfly to wake up too early. This one I kept in my cabinet with a flower it could eat pollen from, but it died anyway.


Decorative lamp I got my granny

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The last sunset of the year (2013!) was wonderful. Taken with two different cameras…


There’s a monthly manga meetup in London, which I went to a few times last year. This year I hope to go more regularly. I had to kill time (it’s on a Sunday, everything shuts hours beforehand), so went to the Embankment, first time I’ve been there, actually.

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Czech big apple cookie thing

Actually I had this closer in time to the “perfume flavoured” Russian sweets than now. But Could never be bothered to get the photos off my phone. Anyway it’s layers of very thin biscuity stuff with dried apple-ey tasting stuff inside. It’s actually kind of like apple Go Ahead! bars, only with more of it, and no brown sugar.

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Who I once was

We had a family lockup, but with impending financial trouble have emptied it to sell / use stuff, and save money on renting it. Unfortunately we lost the key for one of the cabinets, and have turned the place upside down looking for it. I didn’t find it on top of my wardrobe, but I did find most of my old college work, and the doodles I’d done on it. There’s actually surprisingly few doodles – don’t tell me I was actually paying attention!

Anyway, I thought I’d scan in the most amusing doodles and upload them to Facebook, but as facebook shrinks them, I’ll also put them on here. As you can see, I was an anarchist at the time, and wrote a lot of hilariously embarrassing political messages. College was a pretty traumatic time for me. Mainly because the one I went to was full of GCSE-failing chavs who were doing either bricklaying or leisure and tourism, and mainly because it was 2001 and people were scummy then. But also it was because I had all these ultra-leftist beliefs, which would today be labelled “SJW”. My pronouncements on the evils of capitalism and the tories alienated most of my friends, or potential friends. I was also pretty shy and looked ridiculous (even more so than now XD).

Strangely, while I was often talking about overthrowing the government, calling people sexist for saying girls were sexy, and glorifying the antics of 80’s leftist protesters who kicked Nicky Crane’s head in (I didn’t know what happened to him afterwards, the only thing I’d heard about him came from a pirated Oi Polloi mp3), I never made a peep about gay rights, and only ever told a couple of people I was bi. So we can add cowardice to my many failings.

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