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Tuscadero - Albums and Singles

Tuscadero was spectacular.  That's all there is to it.  Four talented musicians, two female singers whose voices worked well together, clever lyrics, loud guitars when necessary...they should have gone much farther.  There was nothing like Missy really belting a song out.  They had two albums, an EP, and a handful of singles, mostly on Teenbeat, all released between 1994 and 1998.  Once they started side projects, you could see the end was near.  Their last show was their 6th anniversary show in DC in 1999.  I was there.  So was that weird guy with the stuffed gummy bear who always went to these things.  Tuscadero really did attract a lot of freaky people.  They even wrote a song about that...

Mt. Pleasant b/w Nancy Drew 7"

Teenbeat 139, released 1994

Tuscadero's first single.  Both tracks became crowd favorites.  It was years before I first came across a pink copy of this record.  According to the revamped, full-disclosure Teenbeat Records discography, there were only 200 pink marble copies made.  I have seen a few for sale, but long stretches of time can pass between sightings, so if you want one of these, I would recommend grabbing it if you see it for sale. 

The black one looks black at first, but when you hold it up to the light, it is actually a transparent brown with a reddish tint to it (see images below).  There were apparently three pressings of the black vinyl version, in quantities of 800, 500, and 100.  The only (potential) discernible difference between the black pressings is the Teenbeat catalogue that came with the first press.

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Teenbeat 139 Pink Marble (200) 8-12 Stable
Teenbeat 139 Black (1,400) 5 Stable
Backlit Black
Sleeve Paper foldover

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Angel in a Half Shirt b/w Poster Boy 7"

Teenbeat 149, released 1994

Single #2.  Different versions of these two tracks were later released on the Step Into My Wiggle Room EP.  The title track is fun to see done live.  I think I only saw them play it once, upon a fan's request...they agreed to play it if the guy agreed to wear one of their Tuscadero baby-tees.  He was a big guy.  It was grim.  This record is on translucent black vinyl.  Teenbeat says there were three pressings (2,200 copies total).  Pretty easy to find.

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Teenbeat 149 Translucent Black (2,200) 5 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover

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The Pink Album

Teenbeat 159, released 1994

Elektra 61918-2, released 1996 (CD)

Hmm...where to begin with this album?  The first pressing was discarded entirely, destroyed at the band's request, as they were unhappy with how it turned out.  I had heard rumors of this story, but it was confirmed when Mark Robinson reworked the Teenbeat discography page.  Despite that explanation, it was still a little unclear whether there had ever been any vinyl made for that discarded pressing.  There were definitely sleeves made for the first run, as they were used for the second pressing.  These sleeves did not reflect the fact that the album had been remixed by Geoff Turner, and so, instead of redoing the artwork, they added a brief audio track to the very end of the album to give Turner his props.  Mark says on the Teenbeat page that he thought that the vinyl had been done for the first press and then released along with the second press CDs.  I do not think that this was the case, as the earliest vinyl pressing that I have heard contains the Geoff Turner audio thank you track.  What we do know is the earliest vinyl pressing was on black vinyl, limited to 1,500 copies.

The third pressing of the Pink Album was CD only - it corrected the credits and left out the audio thank you track (along with the cricket sounds at the end of "Crayola"). 

The artwork was then changed for the fourth edition, which was distributed by Matador.  This was the only other vinyl pressing of the album - it was also pressed in a quantity of 1,500.  You can easily tell the difference between the two vinyl pressings.  On the vinyl: the early pressings have pink labels.  They are white on the later one.  The early pressings have the aforementioned Geoff Turner track at the end.  On the sleeves, the front looks the same for both versions.  The back is completely different between the two (see pics below).  The later sleeve mentions Geoff Turner and says, "Manufactured and Distributed by Matador," right above the Teenbeat logo.  The earlier sleeves do not.  There were two more Teenbeat editions, both of which were only in CD form.

But wait...there's more!  The band signed to Elektra, which decided to put out their own version of the Pink Album.  So...they re-recorded some and remixed most of it again.  The Elektra version does sound really good, I have to say.  There was never a vinyl version of the Elektra release.

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Teenbeat 159 - 2nd Pressing Black (1,500) 15-20 Stable
Teenbeat 159 - 4th Pressing Black (1,500) 8-10 Stable
2nd Pressing Sleeve (Back)
4th Pressing Sleeve (Back)

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V/A

Squirrel

Contains the Tuscadero track "Island Girls"

Level Records LVL-005, released 1995

This 7" compilation came out in between albums.  It has one Tuscadero song on it, which never appeared anywhere else (there's a reason...seek out only for collector's purposes).  All on clear vinyl.

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LVL-005 Clear 8-10 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover

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The Mark Robinson Re-Mixes EP

Paper Crown / The Sky is Cold Blue / Pleasure Idle b/w Sweet Sweet Sugar Pops / So Sick of You / I Am King Oil / Your Chocolate Bells

Teenbeat 169, released 1995

Several songs from The Pink Album, as interpreted and remixed by Mark Robinson.  For completeness only.  It's on that same translucent black vinyl as the previous Teenbeat singles of theirs.  Per Teenbeat, there was one pressing of 2,000.  Common.

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Teenbeat 169 Translucent Black 5 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover

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Give Me the Cure CD

Contains the Tuscadero track "Boys Don't Cry"

Radiopaque Recordings/Corduroy Records ROPQ01CD, released 1995

I have to be honest...I cannot stand the Cure.  At this point, it is an lifelong, irrational detestation.  This is a CD-only Cure covers compilation done by a variety of DC bands.  I have another admission...I adore the Tuscadero version of "Boys Don't Cry" from this disc.  I think maybe Robert Smith is the problem.

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ROPQ01CD CD 10-12 Stable

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Step Into My Wiggle Room 12" EP

Teenbeat 179, released 1995

I view this EP in three parts: 1. Holidays R' Hell, one of the best songs ever written by Tuscadero. 2. The two songs from the Angel in a Half Shirt 7". 3. Everything else, most of which sounds like they were screwing around in the studio.  That doesn't mean it isn't worth your time...the first three tracks are just much more worth your time.  Black vinyl.

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Teenbeat 179 Black 8-10 Stable

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Tuscadero/Jet Lag Split 7"

Tuscadero - Tickled Pink b/w Jet Lag - 100% Soap

Duchess 001, released 1996

This was a solid single to tide over fans between albums.  Tickled Pink was eventually released on the My Way or the Highway album.  Black vinyl.

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Duchess 001 Black 5-8 Stable
Sleeve Full glossy

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1997 Teenbeat Sampler

Contains the Tuscadero track "The Teenbeat Song"

Teenbeat 221 CD, released 1997

Teenbeat was releasing these sampler CDs for a few years that contained exclusive tracks.  This one has Tuscadero doing a Teenbeat theme song.  It's fun.  And silly.  What more do you need?  2,996 pressed, all on CD.

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Teenbeat 221 CD 5 Stable

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1998 Teenbeat Sampler

Contains the Tuscadero track "Tonia"

Teenbeat 221 CD, released 1997

This sampler contained an exclusive Tuscadero track, released during the run-up to the release of the band's final full-length album, My Way or the Highway.  It is solid and worth your time.

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Teenbeat 221 CD 5 Stable

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My Way or the Highway

Teenbeat 259 (LP), released 1998

Elektra 62170-2 (CD)

Tuscadero's final album, released on Elektra in 1998.  This is a very good album.  It has some high points and lower points, but is excellent overall.  My only gripe was that the band never played most of the songs I liked most off of this album live.  My theory here is that Missy's voice could only handle performing a handful of songs in a given live performance that required her to seriously belt out lyrics, and that more than 3 or 4 of those in a set would be too taxing.  This is entirely conjecture.  Of course, those were the songs that always really jumped out at me, so naturally, I always wanted to hear more of them.  Anyway...Teenbeat had the rights to the vinyl for this album.  They pressed 1,000 copies, all of which were on black vinyl.

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Teenbeat 259 Black 8-10 Stable

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