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Fishbone Singles

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Columbia 44-05223, released 1985 (U.S.)

Columbia 38 04922 (U.S.)

Columbia CAS 2076 (U.S.)

CBS CE-EP-18047 (Philippines)

Fishbone's debut. I would love to hear the reasoning behind making this song the first Fishbone single. Really? This song? Was the thinking just that since they mentioned a bunch of radio station call letters, it would get airplay? In the modern major label world, this would have been released, and then the label would have instantly pulled its support from the rest of the album. But, this was the music world of 1985. This song was released as a 12" single and in promo form (both 12" and 7"). It should be rare, but is relatively easy to find in all forms. The promo 7" has the same song on both sides, while the non-promo 7", which is a bit harder to find, has V.T.T.L.O.T.F.D.G.F. as a b-side. The promo 12" contains a dance mix, and the official (sorry - that's "ofishal"...no, really, it is...) 12" gives you the dance mix plus a dub mix. There is also a version of the 12" that was released in the Phillipines. That's not an easy one to find (I've been working on it for a while - if you have one, email me).

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia 44-05223 12" 3-5 2 Stable
Columbia 38-04922 7" 6-10 4 Stable
Columbia 38-04922 7" (white label promo) 1-3 1 Stable
Columbia CAS 2076 12" 3-5 2 Stable
CBS CE-EP-18047 12" (Philippines) 20-30 10 ?
44-05223 12"
38-04922 7"
38-04922 7" Promo
CAS 2076 12"
Sleeve U.S. 12" - Plain black
U.S. 7" - plain white
UK 12" - Full paper sleeve

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Party at Ground Zero

Columbia 44 05326, released 1985

CBS TX 6544 12" (UK)

CBS A 6544 7" (UK)

CBS/Sony 12AP 3167 12" (Japan)

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" 3-5 1 Stable
CBS TX 6544 12" (UK) 25-30 6 Stable
CBS A 6544 7" (UK) 8-12 5 Stable
CBS/Sony 12AP 3167 12" (Japan) 15-20 4 Stable
Columbia 44 05326 12"
CBS TX 6544 12"
CBS A 6544 7"
CBS/Sony 12AP 3167 12"
Sleeve U.S. 12" - Full P/S
UK 12" - Full P/S
UK 7" - Full paper P/S
Japan 12" - Full P/S

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When Problems Arise

Columbia 44 05984 12", released 1986

CBS/Sony 12AP 3295 12" (Japan)

CBS 650820 6 12" (Australia)

CBS/Sony XDSP 93082 promo 7" (Japan)

I thought there were far better songs on the In Your Face album that could have become singles. I don't get paid to make these decisions, though. The promo 12"s contained several mixes of the title track. I heard years ago that there was an Australian version on CBS, but, much like with the Australian In Your Face LP, I was unable to confirm its existence until 2018. Very tough find.

Then, there's this other version...a Japanese promo 7" that showed up out of nowhere. I found it in a random discount bin in Tokyo in 2015. I have never seen another. Who knew? The b-side is "A Selection". It's interesting that there was so much promotion for In Your Face in Asia and Australia and so little in Europe.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia 44 05984 12" 2-4 1 Stable
CBS/Sony 12AP 3295 12" (Japan) 15-18 4 Stable
CBS 650820 6 12" (Australia) 20-30 9 ?
CBS/Sony XDSP 93082 promo 7" (Japan) ? 10 ?
Columbia 44 05984
CBS/Sony 12AP 3295 (Japan)
CBS 650820 6 12" (Australia)
CBS/Sony XDSP 93082 promo 7" (Japan)
Sleeve Full P/S (all versions)

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It's a Wonderful Life

Columbia 4C 44097 12", released 1987

CBS 651276 6 12" (Netherlands)

Sony SRCS 5741 CD (Japan)

This was a fun EP. Christmas in the style of Fishbone. The title track is actually based on the events of the movie of the same name. The vinyl is easy to find. The only CD version of the EP came out in Japan. The tracks were also included with those from In Your Face in Europe to form the later Fishbone LP (which, of course, is a different self-titled record from their first EP. I know. They confuse us on purpose). The tracks also later appeared on the Fishbone 101 Anthology.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia 4C 44097 2-4 1 Stable
CBS 651276 6 (Europe) 5-8 1 Stable
Sony SRCS 5741 CD (Japan) 10-12 2 Stable
Columbia 4C 44097
CBS 651276 6
Sleeve Full sleeve

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One Day

CBS 652840 7 7" (Netherlands), released 1988

The One Day 7" only came out in Europe. I did not even know it existed for many years. It can be very difficult to find. It is one of the more difficult of Fishbone's singles to track down, but it is not overly expensive when you find it.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
CBS 652840 7 7" 10-12 6 Stable
Sleeve Full paper P/S

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Freddie's Dead

Columbia 38-08500, released 1988

Columbia 38-08500 promo 7"

CBS 652882 7 7" (Netherlands)

Epic FSH 1 7"(UK)

Columbia 44 08172 promo 12" (U.S.)

Epic FSHT 1 12" (UK)

Epic FSHP 1 12" Picture Disc (UK)

Columbia XPR 1384 12" promo (UK)

Columbia 12CXP 08172 12" (Canada)

CBS/Sony 12Ep 8025 3" CD (Japan)

This is where things get more challenging. There were tons of versions of the Freddie's Dead single. I'm still finding new ones. Most of them contain various mixes of that song. They are generally pretty easy to find. The UK picture disc is weirdly rare. It is not that expensive if you can find it, but it is much more scarce than any other record on this page. The Japanese CD was a 3" single - that one is quite difficult to find.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia 38-08500 7" 5-8 3 Stable
Columbia 38-08500 promo 7" 2-4 2 Stable
CBS 652882 7 7" (Netherlands) 3-5 1 Stable
Epic FSH 1 7" (UK) 1-3 1 Stable
Columbia 44 08172 12" (U.S.) 1-3 1 Stable
Epic FSHT 1 12" (UK) 2-4 1 Down
Epic FSHP 1 12" Picture Disc (UK) 12-15 5 Stable
Columbia XPR 1384 12" (UK) 2-4 1 Stable
Columbia 12CXP 08172 12" (Canada) 5-8 1 Stable
CBS/Sony 12EP 8025 3" CD (Japan) 20-25 6 Stable
Columbia 38-08500
Columbia 38-08500 Promo
CBS 652882 7
Epic FSH 1
Columbia 44 08172
Columbia 12CXP 08172
XPR 1384
Epic FSHP 1
Epic FSHT 1
Epic FSHT 1 Test Press
Sleeve U.S. 7"s - Plain Paper Label Sleeve
UK 7" - Full P/S
U.S. 12" - Plain black sleeve
UK 12" - Full Thick-stock paper P/S
UK 12" Picture Disc - Plain plastic sleeve
Canada 12" - Plain CBS Sleeve

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Change b/w It's a Wonderful Life

CBS 653119 7 7" (Netherlands), released 1988

The "Change" 7" is generally a pretty tough one to find, but it is usually not that expensive when it does appear. There were a whole bunch of singles for the Truth and Soul album. Like the "One Day" 7", this single was never released outside of Europe.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
CBS 653119 7 7" 4-6 5 Down
Sleeve Full paper P/S

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Ma & Pa

Epic FSH 2 7", released 1989 (UK)

CBS 654746 7 7" (Netherlands)

Epic FSH T2 12" (UK)

Ma & Pa - whenever Fishbone did ska, good things happened. This one came out as a UK single in both 12" and 7" forms. There was also a Dutch 7".

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Epic FSH 2 7" 3-5 2 Stable
CBS 654746 7 7" 4-6 2 Stable
Epic FSH T2 12" 2-4 1 Stable
Epic FSH 2 7"
CBS 654746 7 7"
Epic FSH T2 12"
Sleeve UK 7" - Full Paper P/S
Dutch 7" - Full Paper P/S
UK 12" - Full Cardboard P/S

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Interchords

Columbia CAS 1416 S1 promo LP, released 1989

I always thought this promotional EP should be worth more than it has been. Live versions of half of the tracks from Truth and Soul with interview clips interspersed, all exclusive to this record. Plus, it can take some effort to find. Yet, it has never sold for very much. It is a good one to hear, and features a sound that was very specific to the Fishbone of this time period.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia CAS 1416 S1 10-15 5 Stable
Sleeve Plain black die-cut sleeve

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He's a Flyguy

Arista AS1-9806 7", released 1989

Arista ADP-9812 12"

Curtis Mayfield and Fishbone - a natural match. This song came about as part of the I'm Gonna Git You Sucka soundtrack. It was one of the final new Curtis Mayfield releases before his tragic stage accident in 1990. The single came out in both 7" and promo 12" form.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Arista AS1-9806 7" 4-6 3 Stable
Arista ADP-9812 12" 8-10 2 Stable
Arista AS1-9806
Arista ADP-9812
Sleeve 7" - Full Paper P/S
12" - White Cardboard Sleeve w/ Label Attached

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Peter Gabriel/Fishbone Split 7"

In Your Eyes b/w Skankin' to the Beat

WTG 31-68936 promo 7", released 1989

Fishbone plays a prominent role in the movie "Say Anything..." Cusack is wearing a Fishbone t-shirt for just about every important moment in the movie. "Skankin' to the Beat" is playing in the movie during the iconic "You must chill!" party scene, which I have always found endlessly entertaining. This single gives you the two most important songs in the movie. It's not hard to track down, but is easier to find when you search under Peter Gabriel. Some copies come with jukebox labels.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
31-69936 7" 1-3 1 Stable
Sleeve U.S. 7" - Plain white paper

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Bonin' in the Boneyard - Set the Booty up Right

Columbia CAS 2235 12" promo, released 1990

CBS 467725 1 12" (Netherlands)

Columbia 44K 73549 CD (U.S.)

We're still goin'...another single from Truth and Soul. This EP contained several previously unreleased songs, along with remixes of the title track. Worth tracking down. It came out in CD form in addition to the two 12"s listed here.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia CAS 2235 12" 12-15 3 Stable
CBS 467725 1 12" (Netherlands) 6-10 2 Stable
CAS 2235
CBS 467725 1 (Netherlands)
Sleeve CAS 2235 12" - Black Cardboard Sleeve w/ Label Attached
467725 1 12" - Full sleeve

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Sunless Saturday

Columbia CAS 3082 12" promo, released 1991

Columbia 656984 7 7" (Netherlands)

Columbia 44K 73688 CD (U.S.)

Sunless Saturday was released as a teaser for the Reality of My Surroundings Album. All versions contain the exclusive "Fishy Swa Ska" track. The 12" and cd also contain another exclusive track, "Understand Me." All easy finds.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
656984 7 7" 3-5 2 Stable
CAS 3082 12" 3-5 2 Stable
656984 7
CAS 3082
Sleeve 12" - Black Cardboard Sleeve w/ Label Attached
7" - Full glossy P/S

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Everyday Sunshine/Fight the Youth

Everyday Sunshine/Fight the Youth Columbia XPR 1796 12" Promo, released 1991 (UK)

Everyday Sunshine Columbia 657401 7 7", released 1992 (Netherlands)

Everyday Sunshine/Fight the Youth Columbia 658193 6 12" (Netherlands)

Everyday Sunshine/Fight the Youth Columbia 658193 7 7" (Netherlands)

Fight the Youth Live Columbia 658193 8 12"(Netherlands)

Alright, this is where things get really screwy. This could be one, two, or three separate entries, depending on how you look at it. Three of the five releases here contain both "Everyday Sunshine" and "Fight the Youth", basically as a double single. Then, there is one that contains just "Everyday Sunshine" (with "Pressure" as the b-side), and the final one focuses on "Fight the Youth". To add to the confusion, those last two, in addition to one of the double single 12"s, have almost identical catalogue numbers. All of the above are very easy to find except for the Everyday Sunshine 7", which is a bit tougher, but still not expensive.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia XPR 1796 Promo 12" (UK) 2-4 2 Stable
Columbia 657401 7 7" (Netherlands) 8-10 6 Stable
Columbia 658193 6 12" (Netherlands) 2-4 1 Stable
Columbia 658193 7 7" (Netherlands) 2-4 1 Stable
Columbia 658193 8 Picture Disc 12" (Netherlands) 2-4 1 Stable
Columbia XPR 1796
Columbia 657401 7
Columbia 658193 6
Columbia 658193 7
Sleeve XPR 1796 12" - Plain Black Sleeve
657401 7 7" - Full P/S
658193 6 12" - Full P/S
658193 7 7" - Full P/S
658193 8 12" - Plain plastic sleeve

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Swim

XPR 1916 promo, released 1993 (UK)

XPR 1948 promo (UK)

Columbia CAS 5252 promo (U.S.)

Columbia 659625 7 7" Picture Disc (UK)

Columbia 659625 6 Clear Vinyl 12" (UK)

Beware - endless gimmicky packaging ahead. There were many versions of the "Swim" single. The first was the XPR 1916 UK promo 12", which came out before the Give a Monkey a Brain album was released, and was effectively as sampler EP for the album. This was a one-sided record. The other side is a fully etched image. It is pretty cool-looking, actually. Pictures don't do it justice. There was a second black vinyl UK promo 12" - XPR 1948. The U.S. promo 12" is very normal in comparison to the other versions. Basic black vinyl. The third UK 12" came out on clear vinyl with an insert that serves as sort of a picture sleeve. The 7" is actually a picture disc. All formats contain various versions of "Swim." When I first heard this song, it did not work for me at all. It is a grating single, not what one would think of for mass consumption. Somehow, things flipped for me, though. At some point, I suddenly loved it. I can't explain it. It does have tremendous energy when played live. I am sure that was part of it. If you like the song, the singles are definitely worth finding. Some of the alternate versions are a lot of fun. There are also some cd versions of this single in addition to the vinyl ones laid out here.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia XPR 1916 Etched Promo 12" (UK) 5-8 5 Stable
Columbia XPR 1948 Promo 12" 2-4 1 Stable
Columbia CAS 5252 Promo 12" 3-5 1 Stable
Columbia 659625 7 7" Picture Disc 2-4 1 Stable
Columbia 659625 6 12" Clear 3-5 1 Stable
Columbia XPR 1916
Columbia XPR 1948
Columbia CAS 5252
Columbia 659625 7
Columbia 659625 6
Sleeve XPR 1916 12" - Clear plastic sleeve
XPR 1948 12" - Plain black sleeve
U.S. Promo 12" - Plain white sleeve
7" picture disc - Plain plastic sleeve
Clear 12" - Full picture sleeve

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Nuttsactor 5 Cassette

Straight Up Maskaraid/Black Box/Are U Wid It?

Self-produced cassette, released 1995

The band started selling this cassette at shows in 1995. I am pretty sure I picked up my copy at the 1995 Irving Plaza show in NY where they ended up recording half of the Chim Chim's Badass Revenge album. I don't think it's their finest work, but the cassette is the only place to find the studio versions of these tracks. It is super rare at this point. It's only sold once every several years.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Nuttsactor 5 Cassette 40-50 9 Volatile

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Fishbone/The Toasters Split 7"

Crazy Bald Heads b/w The Stage

U.S. 7" Promo - Island PR7 7624-7, released 1998

This was released as a promotional item in conjunction with the release of the fantastic Ska Island compilation. Fishbone covers the Wailers and the Toasters do a song by the Tennors. Both are excellent.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
PR7 7624-7 7" 4-6 1 Stable
Sleeve Plain white paper

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The Friendliest Psychosis of All

Nuttsactor 5 723724375420 CD, released 2002

This was a three-track CD EP...not much more to say about this one. No vinyl versions. It's beginning to get harder to find.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
723724375420 CD 8-12 4 Stable

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