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Fishbone

Columbia PC 40032, released 1985

Columbia B6C 40032 (U.S.)

Columbia CEP 40032 (Canada)

CBS/Sony 20AP 3069 (Japan)

CBS 26529 (UK)

CBS QCL-22199 (Philippines)

Asbestos ASB 099, released 2014

The world was not ready for Fishbone's debut. This thing came out of nowhere. I think this is one of the single most influential releases of the decade as far as ska was concerned. It went a long way toward shaping the third wave ska scene, and that was with only three ska tracks on the whole record. Of course, those three songs are all legendary. The other three songs...less legendary. Still fun, though. I mean, how can you go wrong with a song called, "Voyage to the Land of the Freeze-Dried Godzilla Farts?" No, really. That's what "V.T.T.L.O.T.F.D.G.F." stands for. I promise. I am not creative enough to have made that up.

There were (at least) two U.S. catalogue numbers for this record, with some minor label variations for each. There are also Japanese, Canadian, and UK versions that are not too tough to find. I learned that there was also a Phillipines pressing - I have never seen a copy in person, but I have been able to confirm its existence and catalogue number. If you find one of these, email me.

In 2014, Asbestos Records re-pressed this one, adding the version of "Skankin' to the Beat" from the "Say Anything..." soundtrack. This version was released for Record Store Day in 2014 - there were 1000 copies total: 100 on blue vinyl and 900 on red. They were sealed and randomly distributed, so the blue ones were hard to get from the start.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia PC 40032 10-12 1 Stable
Columbia B6C 40032 10-12 1 Stable
Columbia CEP 40032 (Canada) 12-15 4 Stable
CBS 20AP 3069 (Japan) 12-15 2 Stable
CBS 26529 (UK) 10-12 5 Stable
Asbestos ASB099 - Blue (100) 25-35 8 Volatile
Asbestos ASB099 - Red (900) 20-30 4 Up
PC 40032
B6C 40032
CEP 40032 (Canada)
20AP 3069 (Japan)
CBS 26529 (UK)
ASB099 (Test Press)
ASB099 (Blue Vinyl)
ASB099 (Red Vinyl)
Sleeve Japan Pressing: Full sleeve w/ obi

This page was last updated on November 6, 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: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 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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