Oy. Where to start with this one...one of the most famous 7"s from the Sub Pop era, Mudhoney's debut Sub Pop single exists in almost too many incarnations to discuss. The first pressing was of 800 on reddish-brown vinyl (see pic), with an additional 200 on black vinyl, most of which were used for promotional purposes (these are probably translucent black, but I have not seen one up close). These copies all had no picture sleeves and had the classic toilet labels, which had a light blue-green tint to them. In addition, there were a few other colors of vinyl (10-15 each) that came with toilet labels. Many have now surfaced. I've seen yellow, blue, clear, red, orange, and several mixed colors. There may be more. There are several stories floating around about these, one of which is that they were a gift from the pressing plant for being late with the order. I don't know for certain. What I do know is that these are all preposterously valuable.
Second pressing: Touch Me I'm Sick was later re-released with a picture sleeve. It was released this way during the period in which Erika Records was pressing all of Sub Pop's color vinyl releases on a huge variety of colors. As a result, there are many colors of this one out there. This was actually a completely different version of the record, with distinct matrix codes. All subsequent versions were from the same mold. The back of the sleeve has "Second Edition" printed on it. Sorry about some of those images...some were scanned with the sleeves behind them. I cleaned them up, and the transparent ones look a little odd.
Third pressing: After the color vinyl parade, a third pressing of the single came out with the same picture sleeve, but on black vinyl with Sub Pop's mid-90's era black labels. The back of the sleeve has "Third Edition" printed on it. This one isn't worth much.
Fourth pressing (3b): Sometime in 2006, Sub Pop threw us a curveball. They released a version of this single with "third edition" picture sleeves, but on black vinyl with toilet labels. This is where it gets screwy. The toilet labels are slightly different from the original ones. These had either a blue background color, much darker than the original, or a white background. Very interesting to see...I paid way too much for one of these when it first showed up on the market. Oh well, at least I wasn't the guy who dropped $500 on one...
|Version||Approximate Value ($)||Price Trending|
|SP18 1st Pressing: Reddish-brown vinyl (800)||125-175||Up|
|SP18 1st Pressing: Black (200)||125-200||Volatile|
|SP18 1st Pressing: Rarer Colors (yellow, blue/purple, clear, red, orange, any mixes of the above)||450-600||Stable|
|SP18 2nd Pressing: Green||10-15||Stable|
|SP18 2nd Pressing: Purple||15-20||Down|
|SP18 2nd Pressing: Purple Marble||20-25||Stable|
|SP18 2nd Pressing: Pink||15-20||Stable|
|SP18 2nd Pressing: Pink Marble||15-20||Stable|
|SP18 2nd Pressing: Blue Marble||15-20||Stable|
|SP18 2nd Pressing: Light Blue w/ Marbling||15-20||Stable|
|SP18 2nd Pressing: Brown||20-30||Down|
|SP18 2nd Pressing: Black||5||Stable|
|SP18 3rd Pressing: Black||2-4||Stable|
|SP18 4th Pressing: Black, Blue Toilet Label||5||Stable|
|SP18 4th Pressing: Black, White Toilet Label||5||Stable|
|Sleeve||1st pressing: Plain white paper
2nd-4th Pressings: Paper foldover
|Test Pressing||1st pressing: Black vinyl, large hole, plain white labels
4th Pressing: Black vinyl, small hole, yellow Erika labels
|Credits||James: Called my attention to the red 1st press
Ryan: Orange 1st press image
Costa: Green, brown 2nd pressing images, 3rd press image
Stan Ballard: Most of the other 2nd pressing images
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