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A Record Collector's Guide

Sicko

Sicko might not appear to fit with the rest of the bands featured on this site.  If that's what you're thinking, well...you may be right.  I don't care.  I like them, and have for many years now, so I am putting them on here.  Sicko really did perfect the art of the pop-punk sound.  They had some fantastic releases while they were active, and some highly collectible ones as well.

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For a Longer and Better Life - A Compilation 7"

Top Drawer TDRU-1, released 1992

Includes the Sicko song "fB Song"

The inaugural Top Drawer release was also the first Sicko appearance. This was not coincidental. The label was run by Ean from Sicko. The other bands featured on this comp were Bone Cellar, Shag, and Sore Jackson. This record was once very difficult to find, but has seemingly become faily easy these days.

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TDRU-1 Black 5-8 4 Down
Sleeve Paper Foldover

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Count Me Out/Broken String b/w Kathy's Dance/fB Song

eMpTy MT-209, released 1993

Four songs of pop-punk fun. eMpTy Records. Translucent black vinyl, easy to find.

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MT-209 Translucent Black 3-5 1 Stable
Sleeve Paper Foldover

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Mr. T Experience/Sicko Split 7"

Together Tonight b/w 80 Dollars

Top Drawer TDRU-3, released 1992

PopKid PKD004

eMpTy MTR-372, released 1998

Steal Tewntythree MT-476, released 2000

Another solid single - this one had several different versions. It was originally released on Top Drawer. I am not sure how many copies were originally pressed. However, 100 of those copies were on green vinyl...and these are an absolute beast to find. It took me five years to get one and I have only seen it sold twicein total. The green copies have hand-numbered sleeves. 50 additional copies were licensed to PopKid Records. These had the same sleeves as the Top Drawer release, with the addition of the PopKid logo stamped on the backs (see below). They also came with PopKid catalogue inserts.

In 1998, the single was re-released on eMpTy records on translucent black vinyl. Another version came out in 2000, and this one was weird. It was labeled "Steal Tewntythree Bootleg," and it is just the eMpTy version with a couple of stickers added to the label and the back of the sleeve. It may or may not actually be a bootleg...whoever added it to Discogs called it "Partially Unofficial." It has its own eMpTy catalogue number, though (MT-476).

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TRDU-3 Translucent Black 3-5 3 Down
TRDU-3 Green 40-50 9 Volatile
PKD004 Translucent Black 10-15 9 Down
MTR-372 Translucent Black 3-5 1 Stable
Steal Twentythree MT-476 Black 5-8 3 Stable
Top Drawer Insert
Pop Kid Stamp
Pop Kid Insert
Pop Kid Insert
Top Drawer
Top Drawer
eMpTy
Steal Twentythree
Sleeve Paper Foldover

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You Can Feel the Love in this Room LP

eMpTy MT-268, released 1994

Sicko's first album is very good. They got better. It was released by eMpTy on black vinyl. Still a pretty easy and inexpensive find. The vinyl contains an alternate version of the track "Pain in the Ass" (not listed on the sleeve). This version of the song can only be found here.

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MT-268 Black 10-12 2 Stable

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eMpTy Records Sampler Vol. 1 CD

eMpTy, released 1994

Includes the Sicko tracks "Kathy's Dance" and "Along the Way"

This comp was the only place to find "Along the Way" until the A Brief History of Sicko CD came out.

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eMpTy CD 2-4 1 Stable

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Viva la Vinyl LP

Deadbeat DB 05/Campground CR 04, released 1994

Includes the Sicko track "Weight of the Sun"

This comp was the only place to find "Weight of the Sun" until the A Brief History of Sicko CD came out. The original release was released on both white and black vinyl. There was also a black vinyl reissue.

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DB 05/CR 04 White Vinyl 12-15 4 Stable
DB 05/CR 04 Black Vinyl 4-6 1 Down
DB 05/CR 04 Black Vinyl 4-6 1 Down

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13 Soda Punx LP

Top Drawer TDRU-8 CD, released 1995

Munster MR 077 LP

Includes the Sicko track "Pain in the Ass"

Solid compilation released on Top Drawer, with the vinyl rights licensed to Munster.  There is some really good stuff on here in addition to the Sicko track. There's a great cover of the Cars' "Best Friend's Girl" on here done by Cub. I never got the connection between Cub and Sicko, but apparently, the bands were close. Maybe it was the bond from being pacific northwest bands running their own labels outside of the grunge scene. Sicko covered Cub's "Little Star," and Cub covered Sicko's "fB Song" at one point as well (which is...you know...meta). This comp was the only place to find this version of "Pain in the Ass" until the A Brief History of Sicko CD came out. Black vinyl.

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MR 077 Black Vinyl 8-12 3 Stable

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Laugh While You Can Monkey Boy LP

eMpTy MT-306 (CD), released 1995

Munster MR 079 (Spain)

Sicko's second album is on par with the first. eMpTy licensed the vinyl rights to Spain's Munster Records. It has a printed inner sleeve with lyrics on it. Black vinyl.

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MR 079 Black 10-12 2 Stable

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Teenage Kicks 10" / 10" + 7" / LP

Custodial CR 03 10" / 10" + 7", released 1995

Liberation 37806-1 LP

Includes the Sicko track "Lady"

This comp was the only place to find "Lady" until the Brief History of Sicko CD came out. Black vinyl. Came with a zine insert - each band did their own page. I have read that there were 1900 copies, 300 of which came with bonus 7"s featuring another six songs. Later, a black vinyl LP came out on Liberation Records featuring still more songs.

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Custodial CR 03 - 10" (1600) 8-10 3 Stable
Custodial CR 03 - 10" + 7" (300) 15-25 6 Stable
Liberation 37806-1 LP 12-15 3 Stable

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Chef Boy R U Dum LP

eMpTy MT-315 (U.S. CD), released 1995

Munster MR 094 (Spain LP)

This was an excellent album. The first two are very good, but this one was the first that Sicko put out that really made me keep going back for repeated listens. Munster had the vinyl rights for this one as well. The Japanese CD version of Chef Boy R U Dum had a bonus track - "80 Dollars" from the Mr. T Experience split single.

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MR 094 Black 8-12 3 Down

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V.M.Live Issue #16 - 3/23/96

V.M.L. V.M.Live-029, released 1996

This was part of V.M.L.'s live series. Sicko's performance was recorded at the Fireside Bowl in Chicago. The label had a policy of pressing enough of these to meet demand so that the price never really rose, so we have no idea how many were actually pressed. It's not too hard to find. Black vinyl.

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V.M.Live-029 Black 5-8 3 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover

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Joe Queer Presents More Bounce To the Ounce 2xLP

Lookout LK 154, released 1997

Includes the Sicko tracks "Escape Velocity" and "Hipster Boyfriend"

2xLP comp with a couple of good Sicko songs on it. "Hipster Boyfriend" subsequently came out on the You Are Not the Boss of Me! LP. However, this was the only place to find "Escape Velocity" until the A Brief History of Sicko CD came out. Black vinyl.

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LK 154 Black Vinyl 12-15 3 Stable

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Three Tea b/w Last Word/Steven

Mutant Pop MP-18, released 1997

Killer KILL 009

There are lots of fun variations of this single. It was originally released by Mutant Pop in 1997. Mutant Pop based the sleeve design on the standard Sub Pop model. The first 516 copies were on clear vinyl. There were also 1000 black copies pressed at this point. The label later (1998) repressed the record with a different sleeve (the second one above). I don't know how many were made in the second run. Killer Records, a Finnish label, released the single as well, on three different colors of vinyl. First, they pressed 100 copies on brown vinyl, which had special hand-numbered sleeves with maroon logo text - these are tough to find and I have not seen one sold since 2015. There were also 300 pink copies and 600 orange released by Killer. These all had sleeves with red text, which were not numbered. The brown copies came with a white paper lyric insert, while the pink and orange copies came with off-white inserts.

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MP-18 Clear (516) 8-10 6 Down
MP-18 Black, 1st Sleeve (994) 4-6 4 Stable
MP-18 Black, 2nd Sleeve (700) 4-6 4 Stable
KILL 009 Brown (100) 15-25 9 Stable
KILL 009 Pink (300) 6-10 6 Stable
KILL 009 Orange (600) 5 4 Stable
Mutant Pop Insert - 1st
Killer Insert - White
Killer Insert - Off-white
Sleeve Thick stock paper foldover

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You Are Not the Boss of Me! LP

eMpTy MTR 359 LP, released 1997

Crackle 003 CD, released 1997 (UK)

Pizza of Death HWCY-5 CD, released 1997 (Japan)

This is easily my favorite Sicko album. It is the most complete album, and the one I keep going back to when I am in the mood to listen to their material. Almost every track on here is worth your time. Released on CD in Japan on A Pizza of Death Records (one of my all-time favorite label names), and in the UK on Crackle. Each of those versions had its own exclusive bonus track. The Japanese version has a cover of the Husking Bee song "8.6", and the UK version has a cover of the Misfits' "Astro Zombies." Both are amazing covers, so track them down if you can. At this point, the prices on both have come way down - you will probably spend more on postage than the CD. Still...worth it. The only vinyl version is the U.S. one on black vinyl - it is not terribly tough to find, but it can be slightly difficult at times.

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MTR 359 Black 15-20 4 Stable
Crackle 003 CD (UK) 5-8 4 Down
Pizza of Death HWCY-5 CD (Japan) 5-8 4 Down

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A Brief History of Sicko CD

Mutant Pop MP-518, released 2000

Neatly wrapping up Sicko's releases was this Mutant Pop CD, released in 2000. It contains a lot of the tracks that the band had released only on singles or compilations, along with a recording of their final show from 1998 in Seattle. It's a great disc, and it brought some closure to the seemingly abrupt end to the band's run. It comes with an extensive set of liner notes, giving you as many details as you could possibly want about the 32 tracks within. This CD has become rather scarce in recent years - it seems to be sold only 1-2 times per year now. The price is low when it is sold, though, so if you keep an eye out, you can probably get one without too much pain.

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MP-518 CD 6-10 6 Stable

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