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Thread: How far back does Clouds go?

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    How far back does Clouds go?

    I found this video on YouTube of Imagine Dragons performing at a talent show in 2009. The bassist is, I believe, Dave Lemke, but at 6:21 in the video you can see Ben watching!
    This song made me wonder...exactly how far back does Clouds go? The song sounds to be mainly Clouds, but partly with lyrics that sound like they could be alternate lyrics to Clouds, but then part of the song is Speak To Me! Was Clouds written as a demo back before any of the current members besides Dan were in Imagine Dragons? Is this something they put together for the performance, or did the song originally sound like this before it was changed? It's all very intriguing!

    Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at-4_9lGbok

    The person said that they were going to release their debut EP soon! Were they referring to Speak To Me EP?

    I thought it was very appropriate to listen to a version of Clouds today, as it was raining heavily on and off. We had some strange weather today - half the time it was cloudy and pouring rain, the other half sunny and hot, and there were these random strong gusts of winds. I was at a street festival today - the traffic was blocked off, and everyone had tents set up to sell things under, and several of the tents blew over! We had to run to grab the poles and hold them down, and then collapse the tents for the day. You can't say it wasn't eventful!

    What are your thoughts on this?
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    From what I've heard there's a ton of songs they recorded that they have never put on albums. I think speak to me EP came out in 2008- so maybe this was after that EP?


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    Possibly the person was referring to the self-titled EP? That's the part that intrigued me the most. Did Andrew Beck leave before Speak To Me was finished, did Ben join while they were working on Imagine Dragons EP? Was part of Speak To Me written with Andrew Beck and the other part written with Wayne on guitar? Was part of the self-titled EP written with Dave Lemke on bass? When exactly did Ben and Wayne join the band? I know that Dan met Wayne through Andrew Tolman, so maybe Andrew Beck left and Andrew Tolman recommended Wayne? And Wayne knew Ben, so maybe when Dave Lemke left, Wayne recommended Ben, whom he described as "a bit eccentric".
    But which EP were they working on? (This is going to haunt me for years.)
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    Yes me too!! I want to know exactly when they journée the band^^. All of this is really entangled !

    I think they played the demor version of Clouds until fall 2009. Since we don't have much videos of 2009 (What a shame!)... We can't tell for sure !

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    I realize that this is from two months ago, but I figured some things out from what was in the video:

    -the announcer said that they were going to Las Vegas to finish the EP, meaning that it was probably the self-titled EP
    -Wayne was already in the band and Ben was in the audience, so I'm going to guess that Andrew Beck left just after Speak To Me was created and Dave Lemke may have already been planning to leave
    -from this, most likely this is something they put together for this specific performance, if it was after Speak To Me EP (released in 2008, and this is in 2009) and features part of the title track
    -I am fairly certain that the keyboardist in the video is Aurora Florence and that Brittany didn't join until the band moved to Las Vegas
    -Andrew Tolman was friends with Wayne, and so probably asked him to join just after Andrew Beck left

    I also found an article that mentioned Imagine Dragons' performance opening for Kelly Clarkson at Utah's Got Talent as one of the references for the band's Wikipedia page. The band is only mentioned in passing, but for some reason it made everything seem clearer? I can see clearly, I can see clearly...
    Article: Kelly Clarkson rocks UVUphoria, Summerfest crowd | Orem News | heraldextra.com

    It was interesting to read that it may have rained! Fitting that the Dragons would play a version of Clouds! I think that this performance is the original version of Clouds, possibly, and later they rewrote most of the lyrics but left the bridge the same. Or maybe this is a mashup of multiple songs that were never released as well as Speak To Me and Clouds?

    Now I feel really proud of myself for all this theorizing, but I still have questions! Most of them will probably remain unanswered, but I'm going to keep digging!
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