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"Although he was weary from all the running around, Marty couldn't sleep. He continued to think of the shoddy treatment he had gotten at the hands of the section committee and began to wonder if he would ever get anywhere in the recording business. After twenty minutes, he got up and walked to the desk near his bed. He picked up the submissions form with R & G RECORDS on the letterhead, read it over, and put it in the accompanying envelope along with his demo cassette. / It's worth a try, he thought. Just send it. / And then another darker side of him hesitated. Send it for what? Another rejection? Spend postage just so he could live with hope for another few weeks before his bubble burst once more? / Shrugging, he dropped the cassette and letter into the waste basket, and fell back into bed. His mind, occupied with depressing thoughts, eventually released him into a deep sleep that ended shortly before midnight."
—From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, pages 42 and 43)
"Next to the full-length mirror [in Marty's bedroom] was a waste can with a familiar object projecting from it — the submissions form to the record company. He [Marty] had tossed it there in despair the night — or was it thirty years? — before. Now this act seemed as juvenile as the George McFly of 1955. Pulling a demo tape from his top drawer, he put it and the form into a mailing envelope. / "Why not?" he said. "My music has been wowing them for three decades. I'm a cinch to win." "
—From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 242)

R & G Records was a record company to which Jennifer Parker tried to convince Marty McFly to send a demo tape cassette of his music after his band, The Pinheads, failed their audition for Battle of the Bands on October 25, 1985.


That night, Marty put the submissions form and the cassette for R & G Records into a yellow envelope ready for mailing, but changed his mind and threw it in the waste basket before going to bed.

However, following his return from 1955 to what turned out to be an altered and improved present, a more confident Marty decided to send the cassette to R & G Records after all, and his brother Dave offered to mail it from the office where he now worked.

Behind the scenes[]

  • The scene where Marty was at the desk in his room after dinner, putting his band's tape cassette into a yellow envelope for mailing, but changing his mind and throwing it in the waste basket before going to bed, was cut from the movie, but reinstated by George Gipe for the novelization. This explains the yellow envelope Marty was holding, and was prepared to mail, when he discovered that his living room had changed after returning to 1985.
  • On page 43 of the novelization (see first Quote above), Marty puts his submissions form "in the accompanying envelope along with his demo cassette", but then changes his mind and throws them in the waste basket. However, on page 242 (see second Quote above), Marty is described as "pulling a demo tape from his top drawer" and putting it "and the form into a mailing envelope" — which means Marty now has two envelopes and two cassettes. It would appear that George Gipe forgot all about the first envelope and demo cassette when he got near the end of the book...!
  • Another unfortunate continuity error towards the end of the novelization concerns the waste receptacle in Marty's room where he tosses the envelope. On page 43, it is a "basket" (see first Quote above), but on page 242 it has mysteriously become a "can" (see second Quote above).