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Nigel b/w Club Meditation

Laughing Pussy BB-102, released 1990

The inaugural Hepcat 7" was high on my want list for a long time. It was released by Joey Altruda on his Laughing Pussy label way back in 1990. This is generally a very difficult record to find. A few copies started surfacing with some regularity for a few years, but there was a long dry spell before that stretch, and we seem to have gone back to that. The versions of the tracks featured on this 7" were exclusive to it until the remastered version of Out of Nowhere came out in 2004. A different version of Nigel was also included on the Right on Time album.

I always thought this record existed solely on black vinyl. It is rare enough in that format. However, after I posted this discography, someone clued me in to another version on clear vinyl. That message board discussion also led to the revelation that there were only 25 copies made on clear vinyl, and most of those were given to the band. I cannot confirm that part, but I can vouch for the fact that the clear vinyl version is excessively scarce. That said, the stars aligned, and I was able to get myself a copy. This one is either a record collector's dream or nightmare. Thanks to Lawless for the heads up.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Laughing Pussy BB-102 Black 25-40 7 Stable
Laughing Pussy BB-102 Clear 80-100? 10 ?
Sleeve Full paper sleeve

This page was last updated on November 19, 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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