Skip to content


ShallowDeep > Music-Salt-Solution > Demos

Salt Solution demos

Salt Solution issued three demo recordings that were (it must be said) of varying recording standard. Here they are in reverse chronological order. With one exception all lyrics were written by Martin Day and are included on each song page.

(Salt Solutions formal releases are detailed on the Releases page.)

The Art of Growing Old Demo

Salt Solution’s final demo cassette titled ‘The Art of Growing Old’ was released 1991 and recorded in their own portable recording studio.

Salt Solution's 'The Art of Growing Old' demo cassette cover 1991
Salt Solution’s ‘The Art of Growing Old’ demo cassette cover 1991
  1. When’s it Gonna Change?
  2. My Mind Has Hands
  3. The Day In Between
  4. The Art of Growing Old

NB: These recordings were later included in 2000’s Arctic Frosties album.


Salt Solution Demo

Salt Solution’s first studio recording was this 1984 Demo cassette.

Salt Solution Demo cassette cover 1984
Salt Solution Demo cassette cover 1984
  1. Who is Mr. X
  2. When’s it Gonna Change
  3. Safe Among the Shadows
  4. The Rich can’t Win

Mervyn Sprocket and the Crankshaft Assembly Demo

Salt Solution was originally named Mervyn Sprocket and the Crankshaft Assembly*. Before the name was changed the band adventurously attempted to record some of their songs in their practice halls direct to 4 track reel-to-reel. The result is this savagely stereo self titled 1983 cassette demo. The versions included here were remixed by the original engineer, and long-time friend, Jim Champ in 2021 (the musicianship hasn’t improved, but the extreme stereo effect is now tamed – a facility we didn’t have back in ’83.

(*The original Mervyn Sprocket name has more recently been reclaimed by Martin Day for his latest work.)

Mervyn Sprocket and the Crankshaft Assembly Demo cassette cover 1983
Mervyn Sprocket and the Crankshaft Assembly Demo cassette cover 1983
  1. Taking His Own
  2. Torn Leather Tearaway
  3. When’s it Gonna Change
  4. ‘E Never ‘urt No-One
  5. Dogslife
  6. Sonbathing
  7. Unwilling Guest
  8. Lonely**
  9. The Rich can’t Win
  10. Safe Among the Shadows

** not a Martin Day lyric but included here for completeness


Press cuttings from 1984 and the release of Salt Solution's single "Your Country Needs You"

Salt Solution pages

Further info

Some of the works from the ‘Arctic Frosties‘ album are also included in the Music section and there is some live performance footage as well as movies featuring Salt Solution songs.