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A Record Collector's Guide

Team Dresch - Albums and Singles

Team Dresch...definitely one of those bands I found through the true lost art form in the digital age: the compilation.  Let's see...I think it went like this...I got into Tiger Trap through a friend of mine, and in my obsessive tendency to track down every song done by a band, I picked up the Julep compilation on Yo-Yo.  This led me to a song by Tattle Tale that I liked.  Tattle Tale and Go Sailor had tracks on another Yo-Yo comp, Periscope...which also contained a song by Team Dresch.  I liked it.  I thought it was very solid.  Then, while I was back in Tokyo the following summer, I came across their "Personal Best" cd in a used cd store, and that, as they say, was all she wrote.  I was hooked pretty quickly, and the band's very small number of releases has only gotten more appealing over time.  Team Dresch was an excellent mix of talents.  All have gone on to do very good other things: Kaia's solo stuff, the Butchies, Davies vs. Dresch, the Infinite X's...all have great moments.  However, when all were together, it was an even better combination of voices, powerful music, and energy.

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Rock Stars Kill LP + Bonus 7"

Kill Rocks Stars KRS-221, released 1994

Contains the Team Dresch Song "Seven"

The early recording by Team Dresch was probably overshadowed by some of the (at that time) heavier hitters on this now legendary compilation.  Solid first effort.  Black vinyl LP + bonus black vinyl 7".  The Team Dresch song is on the LP.

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KRS-221 Black 9

Hand Grenade/Endtime Relay b/w Molasses in January

Kill Rock Stars KRS-227, released 1994

This was one hell of a debut single.  I think "Hand Grenade" is one of the best songs Team Dresch ever recorded.  An all around favorite of mine.  Kill Rock Stars.  Black vinyl.

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KRS-227 Black 4 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover

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Personal Best

Chainsaw / Candy-Ass CAR 11, released 1994

Truly excellent album.  Not much more to say there.  This is the one that really hooked me on this band.  Joint release on Chainsaw (Donna Dresch's label) and Candy-Ass (Jody Bleyle's label).  Black vinyl.

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CAR 11 Black 15-20 Stable

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Free to Fight! 2xLP

Candy-Ass CAR 12, released May 1995

Contains the Team Dresch song "Song for Anne Bannon"

This compilation was released as a double LP and as a CD, and came with a self defense guide handbook.  Black vinyl.  Many copies for sale are missing the booklet - one of these can be purchased for about $15.  To find a copy with the booklet intact, you generally have to spend closer to $25-35.

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CAR 12 Black 2xLP 25-35 Stable

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Captain My Captain

Chainsaw / Candy-Ass CAR 18, released 1995

The second and final full-length album released in the short-lived career of Team Dresch.  Melissa York replaced Marci Martinez on drums for this album.

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CAR 18 Black 12-15 Stable

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Team Dresch/Bikini Kill Spring Tour 1996 Split 7"

Team Dresch - Take on Me b/w Bikini Kill - Capri Pants

Banda Bonnot BB024, released 1996

This is the toughest Team Dresch record to find, hands down.  It's not cheap, either...I blame Bikini Kill collectors for that.  500 copies pressed, released in conjunction with the Team Dresch/Bikini Kill 1996 European tour.  The sleeve on every copy of this one I have seen is wrinkled to hell.  I don't know if this is a result of the way they were produced, or if the sleeves all collectively got caught in the rain or something.  The insert is all wrinkly on my copy as well.

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BB024 Black (500) 15-20 Down
Insert
Sleeve Paper full

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V/A

Marigold

Team Dresch - What Can a Lover Do? / F-80 - Casanova b/w Shove - Sock Tan / Dahlia Seed - Standing 8 Count

Marigold MAR-2, released 1996

4-band 7" compilation containing a Team Dresch song that is kind of a throwaway.  It's not bad...just not particularly interesting.  Good for completeness.

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MAR-2 Black 5 Stable
Sleeve Thick-stock paper foldover

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The New Team Dresch v 6.0 Beta 7"

Deattached b/w Venus Lacy

Outpunk out 20, released 1998

Team Dresch returns after a bit of a layoff minus Kaia, who had taken off to pursue her solo career.  You can definitely tell she is missing, but unlike most bands that lose amazing musicians, the material that Team Dresch released from here on in was all very solid.

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out 20 Black 4 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover

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Team Dresch - It's a Conversation b/w Longstocking - Never Nowhere

Sub Pop SP439, released August 1998

Sub Pop Singles Club V2 #5

1300 copies, all on clear orange vinyl.  Very good Team Dresch song here.  It made me happy that Team Dresch and Sub Pop could put something together.  The value of this record has held steady over the better part of the past decade since its release.  I always figured it would appreciate, and it never really did.  Some of these had separate loose inserts in addition to the attached ones.  All were on orange vinyl, though there is some variation in the orange color form one to another - from a light orange to nearly (but not quite) red.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP439 Orange (1300) 12-15
Attached Insert
Loose Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Thick-stock paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, generic yellow Erika Records labels

Team Dresch/Automaticans Split 7"

Team Dresch - Temporary Insurance b/w The Automaticans - Audrey

Mental Monkey, released 2000

The last Team Dresch release...or was it?  The band reunited for some shows in 2007.  I was in living in Switzerland at the time, so, sadly, I have still never seen them play.  They teased us with the proclamation that there would be a new album in 2008.  No word on whether that will actually be the case.  Anyway, the last single here came out on both clear and black vinyl.  Both are fairly easy to find.

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Mental Monkey Clear 4-6 Stable
Mental Monkey Black 4-6 Stable
Sleeve Full glossy

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