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Fishbone Albums

Fishbone

U.S. LP - Columbia PC 40032, released 1985

U.S. LP - Columbia B6C 40032, released 1985

Canada LP - Columbia CEP 40032, released 1985

Japan LP - CBS/Sony 20AP 3069, released 1985

UK LP - CBS 26529, released 1985

U.S. LP - Asbestos ASB 099, released 2014

The world was not ready for Fishbone's debut.  This thing came out of nowhere.  I think this is one of the single most influential releases of the decade as far as ska was concerned.  It went a long way toward shaping the third wave ska scene, and that was with only three ska tracks on the whole record.  Of course, those three songs are all legendary.  The other three songs...less legendary.  Still fun, though.  I mean, how can you go wrong with a song called, "Voyage to the Land of the Freeze-Dried Godzilla Farts?"  No, really.  That's what "V.T.T.L.O.T.F.D.G.F." stands for.  I promise.  I am not creative enough to have made that up.

There were (at least) two U.S. versions of this record.  I have found Japanese and Canadian versions of it as well.  There may be more.  There should at least be a European version out there as well, especially considering there were UK singles for two of the songs on it.  In 2014, Asbestos Records re-pressed this one, adding the version of "Skankin' to the Beat" from the "Say Anything..." soundtrack.  This version was released for Record Store Day - there were 1000 copies total: 100 on blue vinyl and 900 on red.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Columbia PC 40032 10-12 Stable
Columbia B6C 40032 10-12 Stable
Columbia CEP 40032 15-18 Stable
CBS 20AP 3069 15-18 Stable
CBS 26529 15-18 Stable
Asbestos ASB099 - Blue (100) 25-35 Volatile
Asbestos ASB099 - Red (900) 15-25 Stable
PC 40032
B6C 40032
CEP 40032 (Canada)
20AP 3069 (Japan)
CBS 26529 (UK)
Sleeve Full sleeve
Japan Pressing: Full sleeve w/ obi

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In Your Face

U.S. LP - Columbia BFC 40333/C 40333, released 1986

Canada LP - Columbia FC 40333, released 1986

Australia LP - CBS 450073 1, released 1986 - UNCONFIRMED

Japan LP - CBS/Sony 28AP 3250, released 1986

In Your Face was a very good album.  It did not catch people off guard quite as much as the first album did.  I have been trying to put into words what makes this album difficult to listen to now, and I think I have finally done it.  The songs on here are great, but the band became so much better at playing them over time that the studio versions paled in comparison to the live ones at their peaks.  "Give It Up" is the most glaring example of this, but it applies to most of the album.  If you have ever heard a good live version of "Give It Up", you know what I am talking about.  The live version makes the studio recording sound as though it is a 45 being played at 33.  Anyway, it's still a classic album, but I always gravitate toward live performances when I want to hear these songs.

The exact story with the U.S. versions of In Your Face is still a bit hazy to me.  Each U.S. copy I have seen has the catalogue number BFC 40333 on the sleeve, but the labels on the record say C 40333.  There may be a version that has the C 40333 number on the sleeve.  Not sure at this point.  I have also found Japanese and Canadian versions of this record, and I have seen an Australian one listed.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Columbia BFC 40333/C 40333 5-10 Down
Columbia FC 40333 (Canada) 10-12 Down
CBS 28AP 3250 (Japan) 15-18 Stable
C 40333
FC 40333 (Canada)
28AP 3250 (Japan)
Sleeve Full sleeve
Japan Pressing: Full sleeve w/ fish-shaped sticker affixed

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Truth and Soul

U.S. LP - Columbia FC 40891/C 40891, released 1988

Canada LP - Columbia FC 40891, released 1988

UK LP - Epic 451173 1, released 1988

Netherlands LP - CBS 451173 1, released 1988

The Fishbone that is best known by the world began with the Truth and Soul album.  Fishbone was definitely at the top of their game for this one.  True ska-funk-rasta-punk at its best.  There are many versions of this one out there.  Just as with In Your Face, the standard U.S. issue has one catalogue number on the sleeve (FC 40891) and another on the labels (C 40891).  I am not sure whether there is a sleeve with the C 40891 number on it.  There is a Canadian version with the same number as the U.S. one, as well as UK and Dutch pressings.  I would be surprised if there were not others.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Columbia FC 40891/C 40891 10-15 Stable
Columbia FC 40891 (Canada) 12-15 Stable
Epic 451173 1 (UK) 15-20 Stable
CBS 451173 1 (Netherlands) 10-15 Stable
C 40891
FC 40891 (Canada)
CBS 451173 1 (Netherlands)
Sleeve Full sleeve

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Fishbone

Netherlands LP - CBS 465517 1, released 1989

This record was only released in Europe...it combines the In Your Face LP with the It's a Wonderful Life EP, and pairs them with spiffy new artwork.  Not terribly rare.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
CBS 465517 1 10-15 Stable
Sleeve Full sleeve

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The Reality of My Surroundings

U.S. 2xLP - Columbia C2 46142/C 47864, released 1991

UK 2xLP - Epic 467615 1, released 1991

Netherlands 2xLP - CBS 467615 1, released 1991

Probably the most successful of Fishbone's albums, this 1991 effort set off a chain of mainstream appearances, including a prominent slot in the inaugural Lollapalooza lineup.  This album has some really strong tracks on it, but, for some reason, I never want to listen to them all at once.  I think this was when the members of the band started to write songs that really branched out into each's individual style, and the sum of those different parts did not necessarily add up to a single, cohesive product.  This record also marked the addition of guitarist John Bigham to the band, which introduced a heavier sound.  There is at least one U.S. vinyl version of this album, along with Dutch and UK pressings.  The U.S. one, like some prior releases, has different catalogue numbers on the sleeve and vinyl: C2 46142 on the sleeve, C 47864 on the vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Columbia C2 46142/C 47864 10-25 Volatile
Epic 467415 1 (UK) 10-25 Volatile
CBS 467415 1 (Netherlands) 10-25 Volatile
C 47864 Side A
C 47864 Side C
Sleeve Full gatefold sleeve

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Give a Monkey a Brain...and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe

UK LP + 7" - Columbia 473875 1 (LP) + 659462 7 (7"), released 1993

Brazil LP - Columbia 177.342/1-473875, released 1993

Believe it or not, this was the album that finally made me a Fishbone fan.  I had been aware of them for some time, but a good friend of mine made me sit down and listen to everything they had done, starting with this one (which was new at the time).  This album, like the one before, contains some really good songs...they just don't all fit together.  The album marked a real transition from all of the different sounds Fishbone had exhibited in the past into that of an alternative rock band.   I am still a big fan of this album.  However, with my deeper knowledge of the band, I now realize it was a departure from what they had been.  The UK version is split into an LP plus a 7" for no apparent reason.  The 7" contains the tracks "No Fear" and "Nutt Megalomaniac".  The Brazilian version of this record is one of the most difficult Fishbone items to track down.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Columbia 473875 1 LP + 7" (UK) 20-40 Volatile
Columbia 177.342/1-473875 (Brazil) 30-50 Volatile
473875 1 (LP)
659462 7 (7")
177.342/1-473875 (Brazil)
Sleeve Full sleeve

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Singles

Sony SRCS 6884 CD (Japan), released 1993

The Singles CD was a Japan-only release...which was fortunate for me, as that is where I lived at that point.  It is exactly what it claims to be...a compendium of different versions of tracks that had previously come out on singles.  The live tracks on here come from a fantastic 1991 Japan performance.  I have heard the full show, and it contains some of my favorite versions of Fishbone tracks.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SRCS 6884 CD 10-15 Down

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Chim Chim's Badass Revenge

Rowdy 75444-37010-2 CD, released 1996

I love the concept of this album: Chim Chim (the monkey from Speed Racer), through government experiments, becomes super intelligent and a global star.  He is turned into an astronaut, and when he is shot into space, he turns around and blows up the world.  Totally unnecessary.  That's what makes it great.  The album left a little to be desired, in my opinion.  I should like it more than I do.  I attended the show at which half of the album was recorded.  I took a pretty good beating in the crowd at that show.  Anyway, the highlight of this album for me is actually a song that they wrote when the band had just gotten together years before: "Alcoholic."  It had never been officially released until this came out.   The version on Chim Chim was recorded live, and it is tight.  This album was their first ever outside of the Columbia sphere of influence.  CD only.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
75444-37010-2 CD 5-10 Stable

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Fishbone 101: Nuttasaurusmeg Fossil Fuelin' the Fonkay

Columbia/Legacy C2K 65009 2xCD, released 1996

Columbia COL 485112 2 2xCD, released 1996 (Europe)

Sony SRCS 9250-1 2xCD, released 1996 (Japan)

I was so happy when this anthology was released.  Apparently, the early Fishbone demo tape had made its rounds in the L.A. music scene.  I have never lived anywhere near the west coast, so it had never made it to me.  The second disc of this set features those demos, along with some other previously unreleased tracks.  The first disc is basically a compilation of greatest hits from the band's Columbia years.  It's good, but...well, the meat of this release is disc two.  When I got this, I finally had access to studio versions of some tracks that I had heard in live recordings for years (like "Fishbone Is Red Hot, " an end-of-show staple).  Made me smile.  It only came out as a double CD set.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Columbia/Legacy C2K 65009 2xCD 10-15 Stable
Columbia COL 485112 2 2xCD 10-15 Stable
Sony SRCS 9250-1 2xCD 10-15 Stable

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The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx

Hollywood HR-62179-2 CD, released 2000

Edel 0121792HWR CD, released 2000 (Europe)

Hollywood AVCW-13007 CD, released 2000 (Japan)

When this album came out, it followed an extended period of time (four years) that were completely devoid of Fishbone studio material.  The fans were hungry.  That is not to say that the band was inactive, though.  They toured incessantly during those years, and further fine-tuned their live performance.  They reached back into their catalogue of ska songs, which had all but disappeared from their 1993-96 live sets.  Honestly, the 1997-98 period was my favorite time to see Fishbone.  They put together a phenomenal two-hour set that contained basically all of my favorites of their songs, and brought it on with full Fishbone intensity every night.  I once saw them four nights in a row in 1998.  It was supposed to be five, but my body couldn't take it.  Anyway, this album made me happy.  It brought the Fishbone sound back to that which I liked best.  All of Fishbone's efforts have merit.  This one was a really solid effort.  It's probably my favorite thing they have done in the last...ohhh...just about 20 years.  No vinyl - just CD.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Hollywood HR-62179-2 CD 5-10 Stable
Edel 0121792HWR CD 5-10 Stable
Hollywood HR-62179-2 CD 10-15 Stable

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Party at Ground Zero

Sony A 52075 CD, released 2001

This is a greatest hits CD release.  I don't know why we needed another.  It has a more limited track listing than the Greatest Hits disc in the Fishbone 101 set.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
A 52075 CD 5-10 Stable

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Live at the Temple Bar and More

Nuttsactor 5 7237244430525 CD, released 2002

Ter a Terre TAT008 CD, released 2002 (Europe)

Fishbone's first official live album, this CD showcased the newest iteration of the band's sound.  It features all of the new songs they had been working on - they just decided to record them all live.  I gotta be honest - this one doesn't do much for me.  The band went through a major transition period between about 1998 and 2003.  They lost almost all of the remaining original members, and were down to just Angelo and Norwood.  The sound changed.  No vinyl for this one, either.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Nuttsactor 5 7237244430525 CD 10 Stable
Ter a Terre TAT008 CD 10 Stable

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The Essential Fishbone/The Best of Fishbone

Essential: Columbia/Legacy 696998636125 CD, released 2003

Best of: Columbia/Legacy 508498-2 CD, released 2003

Same tracks, but this went by different names in the U.S. and Europe.  Yet another greatest hits collection.  Very similar track listing to disc 1 of Fishbone 101.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
CD 5-10 Stable

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Live in Amsterdam

High Times HTR120 CD + DVD, released 2005

Another live album.  Seems as though Fishbone wanted to give a snapshot of its live sound at its contemporary tightest.   CD/DVD only.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
High Times HTR120 CD/DVD 12-15 Stable

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Still Stuck in Your Throat

Sound in Color SIC 031 CD, released 2007

Ter a Terre TAT-16 CD, released 2007 (Europe)

Pony Canyon PCCY.01836 CD, released 2007 (Japan)

3 Wise 3WR013 CD, released 2007 (Australia)

The first new studio album in quite some time.  This one did not excite me as much as the previous one had.  CD only.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Sound in Color SIC 031 CD 10 Stable
Ter a Terre TAT-16 CD 10-15 Stable
Pony Canyon PCCY.01836 CD 10-15 Stable
3 Wise 3WR013 CD 10-15 Stable

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Live in Bordeaux

DC-Jam 2xLP Picture Disc, released 2009

Live album #3.  This one was released with much more fanfare, though.  It also marks the first piece of Fishbone vinyl to be released in about...wow, 10 years?!?  Really?!?  The first full-length of theirs to appear on vinyl in 16 years.  It came out as a picture disc double LP.  Vendors seem to unnecessarily hike the price on it...but you can still buy it from the band's website.  I read on one site that it was limited to 300 copies.  The artwork on side A is the same as that of side C and the artwork on side B is the same as the artwork on side D.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
2xLP Picture Disc 25-30 Stable
Sleeve Plain plastic gatefold sleeve

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