An untitled demo cassette featuring 11 tracks that Muse recorded at Coombeshead Studios in Newton Abbot between November 1996 and January 1997. The only song released from these sessions was "Balloonatic", on the 1997 compilation Helping You Back to Work volume 1.
Samples of the demo tape were shared on Muse fan sites on 8th December 2007 and 24th February 2008. The tape was put up for auction on the 28th of February. A cross-website campaign by members of the Official Muse forum, Muselive.com, MuseWiki and MuseMessenger, spearheaded and bid for by informally elected trustee SpaceDemented, was set up prior to the auction's start. The campaign raised ~£2,500, of which only £740 was needed to win the auction. Digital copies were released on Muselive on the 9th of May, 2008 The bid itself hovered at £410 in the days prior the the bid and £680 on the last day. In the final thirty seconds, it increased by the final £60. The bid ended at 23 minutes to midnight on the 5th of March. A total of 34 bids were made during the auction.
Three sets of digital copies were made, one in a studio and two by FireSka. The first of these latter two was made using Dolby noise reduction built into the tape deck and the second without.
Responding to a question concerning the demo sixth months after the release, Christopher Wolstenholme joked that Stone would not get any more concert tickets. He described the resultant feeling as being akin to parents showing baby photos to a "new friend or girlfriend" and thought £700 had been a "bit of a rip off to be honest".