Rod Stewart was paid in an unusual manner for his demo. He recalled to Uncut:
"When I did it, I hadn't broken through with 'Maggie May
.' I did it for a set of carpets for me car. It was my mate who convinced me to do it. He ran a car showroom, and he said, 'I've got this group come from Australia, but the singer's not very good. Can you do a demo for me?' I said, 'What do I get?' He said, 'Well, I don't have any money. I'll give you a set of carpets.' That was 1969."