A Record Collector's Guide



Party at Ground Zero

Columbia 44 05326, released 1985

CBS TX 6544 12" (UK)

CBS A 6544 7" (UK)

CBS/Sony 12AP 3167 12"

Alright, here we go. Party at Ground Zero is one of the most important ska singles of the post-2Tone era. It was the some of the first real groundwork for the whole third wave of ska. The Toasters were already active in New York, but Fishbone had much more widespread mainstream access to the public. A major label contract will do that for you. Anyway, I love this song. I will always love this song. There was a music video - it was silly. Go look it up on YouTube. I'll wait. The sleeve from the U.S. and Japanese 12"s feature a whole bunch of screen shots from the video. The 12"s contain some interesting remixes of the title track, along with a good alternate version of Skankin' to the Beat (alternate to the version found on the Say Anything... soundtrack). The U.S. version is cheap and easy to find. The Japanese one is also fairly easy, but is a bit more expensive. The UK versions are both relatively difficult to find, and seem to be getting more expensive.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia 44 05326 12" 1-3 1 Down
CBS TX 6544 12" (UK) 20-30 6 Up
CBS A 6544 7" (UK) 10-15 5 Up
CBS/Sony 12AP 3167 12" (Japan) 15-20 3 Stable
Columbia 44 05326
CBS A 6544
CBS/Sony 12AP 3167
Sleeve U.S. 12" - Full P/S
UK 12" - Full P/S
UK 7" - Full paper P/S
Japan 12" - Full P/S

This page was last updated on January 4, 2019.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-200 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-500 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-1000 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

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