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SP527 The White Stripes

Party of Special Things To Do b/w China Pig/Ashtray Heart

Sub Pop SP527, released December 2000

Sub Pop Singles Club V2 #33

1300 copies on split red & white vinyl...aaaaaand suddenly Sub Pop mattered again.  Thank you very much, John Peel.  You know how it works...no matter how knowledgeable we like to think we are as collectors, at the end of the day, the UK drives the market.  This record showed up with some regularity on John Peel's radio show, and its value subsequently took off.  Between 2001 and 2002, the value skyrocketed.  I sold my first copy when I was unemployed in the summer of 2002 for over $150.  The value leveled off around the $350 mark, and has came down a bit at the end of 2008 with the weakening of the global economy and the British Pound. I don't love this record.  I think the White Stripes have their moments, but this wasn't one of them.  This record also began the very cool-looking trend of split vinyl colors (they did this earlier with the Love as Laughter single, but this started the half & half trend). This one was half red and half white.  Looks great.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP527 Red & White Split (1300) 250-275
Attached Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Thick-stock paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, generic yellow Erika Records labels
Credits STOUTR: Sleeve, insert, red & white vinyl images
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