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.
The international pressings have all remained inexpensive. The U.S. pressings have gotten a lot pricier lately. Original U.S. copies have gone up by an average of $15-20, despite a LOT of them on the market. Red Asbestos re-presses have been getting more expensive as well. A blue one has not sold in a long time, so the value here is a guess (and is probably low, to be honest).
|Version||Value ($)||Scarcity||Price Trending|
|Columbia PC 40032 (U.S.)||20-30||1||Up|
|Columbia B6C 40032 (U.S.)||20-30||1||Up|
|Columbia CEP 40032 (Canada)||15-20||4||Stable|
|CBS 20AP 3069 (Japan)||15-20||2||Stable|
|CBS 26529 (UK)||8-12||5||Stable|
|Asbestos ASB099 - Blue (100)||50-60||8||Up / Volatile|
|Asbestos ASB099 - Red (900)||30-40||4||Up|
|Sleeve||Japan Pressing: Full sleeve w/ obi|
This page was last updated on February 20, 2022.