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A Record Collector's Guide

Sub Pop Singles: SP251 - SP300

From this point onward, Sub Pop started to really lose some momentum.  For several years, starting in the mid-90s, I was very uninterested in many of the label's releases.  As always, there were a few highlights.  From the collector's perspective, there wasn't much happening.  Almost all of the releases were exclusively on black vinyl. (I think the market research told them that people didn't care about color vinyl; additionally, it was more expensive to press and carried with it risk of pressing delays).  These pressings were largely not difficult for the collector to find.  There are a few exceptions, but not many.  This point also marks the time at which we see the clear cutoff of vinyl I have or have had in my collection.  As a result, I am missing quite a few pictures.  I will fill it out someday.  Maybe.  Please send me any scans you might have to help make this more complete.

SP251 Lou Barlow

I Am Not Mocking You/Survival/Helpless Heartbreak b/w Dirty Mind/Forever Instant

Sub Pop SP251, released December 1993

Sub Pop Singles Club #62

Limited to 1500 copies, all on pink vinyl.  This was it...the end of the first run of the Singles Club.  There is also a hot pink marble variation of this one, which is much harder to find.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP251 Pink Marble (1500) 15-25
SP251 Hot Pink Marble 25-35
Sleeve Full glossy
Credits STOUTR: Hot pink marble image

SP253 Monopoly Queen

Let's Keep It Friendly b/w Monopoly Queen

Sub Pop SP253, released February 1994

Lisa Suckdog.  Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP253 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP255 Ripe

Something Fierce b/w The Eggplant Family

Sub Pop SP255, released April 1994

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP255 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP257 Velocity Girl

Sorry Again b/w Marzipan

Sub Pop SP257, released May 1994

Not their best work, but solid.  This single came out to coincide with the release of their second album, íSimpatico!  Great album.  Black vinyl, custom labels.  Very easy to find.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP257 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

The following record marked a very sad point in Sub Pop history...the (temporary) demise of the yellow Sub Pop label.  It was phased out for a while in favor of the black labels you see below, on which each had an olive green ring around the border and silver print.  There are a couple of other releases with yellow labels below, but this was the beginning of the black label.  After several years, they resurrected the yellow labels (either for the beginning of Singles Club V2 or shortly beforehand), but from roughly 1994-1998, it was all black labels.

SP258 Von Ryan's Express

Ghetto Pose b/w Lucky Sevens

Sub Pop SP258, released August 1994

Very loud.  Not much else to say about this one.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP258 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP262 Hardship Post

Slick Talkin' Jack b/w If I...

Sub Pop SP262, released September 1994

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP262 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP263 Pond

Moth b/w You Don't Quite Get It Do You But You're Thinking Hard

Sub Pop SP263, released April 1994

The A side of this one is one of my all-time favorites to be released on the Sub Pop label.  Definitely the best song Pond ever wrote.  B-side is forgettable, but not bad.  Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP263 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP264 Swell

Summer Songs

This is How It Starts b/w Too Many Days w/o Thinking

Sub Pop SP264, released June 1994

Black vinyl, custom labels.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP264 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP266 Eric's Trip

The Gordon Street Haunting

I'm So Near Here/Lightly Feeling b/w Never Grow/Departure Song/Your Always Right

Sub Pop SP266, released May 1994

Eric's Trip strikes back.  This one is actually very difficult to find.  Sub Pop's discography page says it was a Canada-only release.  The value fluctuates wildly.  It can go for a lot (Eric's Trip fans are kind of psycho...), but can be had for $15 or so if you have good timing.  Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP266 Black 15-30
Sleeve Full glossy

SP267 Sebadoh

Skull (Remix) b/w Punching Myself in the Face Repeatedly Publicly/Sing Something/Plate 'O' Hatred

Sub Pop SP267, released August 1994

Hey look - Sebadoh!  Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP267 Black 5-8
Sleeve Full glossy

SP271 5ive Style

Waiting on the Eclipse b/w Where the Rio de Rosa Flows

Sub Pop SP271, released September 1994

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP271 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP272 Red Red Meat

Idiot Son b/w Gauze

Sub Pop SP272, released 1994

Sub Pop SP139/343 - 10" (Germany)

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP272 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP274 Poison 13

Love Me/Warsaw b/w What a Way To Die/Strychnine

Sub Pop SP274, released October 1994

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP274 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP275 Elastica

Stutter b/w Pussycat

Sub Pop SP275, released August 1994

Sub Pop's brief Brit-pop obsession took hold with the release of this one.  This and the Supergrass single were both fairly valuable for a short period of time, but the bands' popularity died down after a year or two (no new material / UK music fans are fickle), and the values of the singles went with them.  The release of the Helter Shelter box set (all four British band singles in a very limited box) did not help, either.  As collectors, we thought that box set was going to skyrocket in value, due to its scarcity and due to the popularity of the bands involved at the time.  In the end, all it did was dilute the market with extra copies of the British singles.  Oh well.  Interesting packaging for these, though.  Cardboard die-cut sleeve, with a second cardboard internal full sleeve.  Red vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP275 Red 12-15
Inner Sleeve
Sleeve Cardboard die-cut sleeve, with a second cardboard internal full Sleeve

SP276 S*M*A*S*H

Barrabas (Piloted) b/w Turn On the Water

Sub Pop SP276, released November 1994

Sub Pop SP142/348 (Germany)

Brit-pop 7" #2.  Same double sleeve set-up as the Elastica single.  Nice Afghan Whigs cover on the b-side.  Released on both olive green and regular green vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP276 Green 5
SP276 Olive Green 5
Test Pressing
Inner Sleeve
Sleeve Cardboard die-cut sleeve, with a second cardboard internal full Sleeve
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, white labels

SP278 The Grifters

Queen of the Table Waters b/w Return To Cinder

Sub Pop SP278, released November 1994

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP278 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP279 Jessamine

Your Head is So Small It's Like a Little Light b/w Soon the World of Fashion

Sub Pop SP279, released 1993

The era of unnecessary packaging continues!  The most interesting thing about this single is the sleeve.  It is encased in a multi-level cardboard thing with a bolt screwed the middle.  Good times.  Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP279 Black 8-10
Sleeve Multi-level cardboard thing with a bolt screwed the middle

SP280 Supersuckers

On the Couch b/w Nitroglycerine

Sub Pop SP280, released September 1994

Sub Pop SP141/345 (Germany)

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP280 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP281 Supergrass

Lose It b/w Caught By the Fuzz

Sub Pop SP281, released March 1995

Brit-pop single #3. See SP275 above for more of a description of this series.  This one probably received the most hype of the four, and this band definitely ended up having the most staying power.  I was never really into them, though.  Elastica was much better.  Exists on clear yellow and opaque yellow vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP281 Yellow 10-15
SP281 Opaque Yellow 10-15
Inner Sleeve
Sleeve Cardboard die-cut sleeve, with a second cardboard internal full Sleeve

SP282 5ive Style

Kiki's Cookout b/w Hot Box

Sub Pop SP282, released February 1995

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP282 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP283 Shudder To Think

X-French Tee Shirt b/w Shake Your Halo Down

Sub Pop SP283, released November 1994

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP283 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP286 Zumpano

Wraparound Shades b/w Orange Air

Sub Pop SP286, released November 1994

Went on to become the New Pornographers.  Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP286 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP287 The American Psycho Band

Falls Church b/w My War, released March 1995

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP287 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP290 The Denison/Kimball Trio

Landshark b/w Whirlpool

Sub Pop SP290, released May 1995

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP290 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP291 Friends of Dean Martin

Polena b/w Seashells

Sub Pop SP291, released April 1995

This band ended up having to change its name due to copyright infringement.  They went with, "Friends of Dean Martinez." Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP291 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP293 Sportsguitar

Gong Gong b/w Tits

Sub Pop SP293, released February 1995

Swiss indie rock.  Half-naked chick on the sleeve.  What more could you ask for?  Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP293 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP294 Gene

Be My Light, Be My Guide b/w I Can't Help Myself

Sub Pop SP294, released June 1995

The final Brit-pop installment.  I know nothing about this band.  Blue vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP294 Blue 5
Inner Sleeve
Sleeve Cardboard die-cut sleeve, with a second cardboard internal full Sleeve

SP295 Hardship Post

Watchin' You b/w My Sunshine

Sub Pop SP295, released June 1995

This one has a couple of different colors, but I have no idea how rare they are relative to one another.  I may revise the estimated values on these, but I do not believe any of them to be particularly valuable.  Two different types of orange vinyl & black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP295 Light Orange 5
SP295 Dark Orange 5
SP295 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, white labels

SP296 Supersuckers

Born With a Tail b/w Are You Ready?

Sub Pop SP296, released July 1995

This song had two distinct 7"s, roughly 20 catalogue numbers apart...never figured that one out.  This is the rarer of the two, and it comes in an interesting sleeve in the shape of a file folder.  Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP296 Black 12-15
Sleeve File folder manila Sleeve

SP297 Tindersticks

Here b/w Harry's Dilemma

Sub Pop SP297, released May 1995

Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP297 Black 5
Sleeve Full glossy

SP298 Moonsocket

Accept Fear b/w Someone Else's Love

Sub Pop SP298, released July 1995

I know nothing about this single.  Sub Pop says it was mail-order only.  Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP298 Black 8-10
Sleeve Full glossy
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