Any RIM student worth their weight in pizza dough can tell you that sending out unsolicited demo tapes will be a fruitless endeavor. Besides the fact that every nutjob and his mom thinks that he's a got a hit song in him, there's a whole lot of potential copyright malarky that a music business takes on when they start opening those hand-scrawled, padded envelopes from places unknown. You have a better chance of pulling an Airheads and landing a record deal.
Needless to say, this doesn't stop people from sending 'em or stop folks from listenin'--there's always that needle/haystack thing. The WowDemoBlog specializes in the hay end of the musical spectrum, but really more like the little pieces of hay that poke out of dried horse poop. The site's awesome "Mind-Melting Demo Disasters" really exemplify all the reasons why the democratization of recording technology might have been a bad Idea. Take this version of "Walkin' After Midnight": It's, fuck, I dunno. It's...it's a well-intentioned train wreck, but a gruesome, horrifying train wreck nonetheless. It's a disaster on so many levels, but I can't stop listening to it. Same goes for this song, which takes a bumper-sticker-fishing joke and stretches it out for four long, cringe-inducing minutes.
Kudos to the brave cats that came up with the site and "stay off that phone while I drive that train."