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The Pietasters - Singles

   

The Ska-rumptious 7"

Slug Tone! Records, released 1992

The Pietasters' first single was once a very tough find. I am still trying to work out the details of this one, even after all of these years. All of the copies I had seen for many years were on yellow vinyl, and the sleeves were stamped and numbered out of 300. Simple, right? No. There are actually a good deal more of these on the market that are not numbered. There must have been (at least) a second pressing at some point, but I have no idea when that might have been. In addition to the yellow vinyl, there is a version on dark red (oxblood) vinyl. In my experience, the yellow and red copies are more or less equally rare, but all numbered copies I have seen have been yellow. However, I have also seen non-numbered yellow copies. Some, but not all, of the red copies came with alternate sleeves (see above). These were basically just the text logo band name plus a little graphic saying "Limited Edition oxblood vinyl".

And then...there's the black one. The first time I had ever seen a black vinyl copy of this record was when one was auctioned in 2010. I have seen one or two others since, but is scarce. Although, there are two for sale as I am updating this, so it may be on the market a bit more now. So, there you go...300 numbered on yellow vinyl with stamped, numbered sleeves, some others on yellow, dark red/oxblood, and black with non-numbered sleeves, and some dark red ones with alternate sleeves. All of the above have gotten easier to find and less expensive over time. The songs that appeared on this single were different versions from those found on the first Pietasters album. However, these versions were later available on the 1992-1996 triple CD.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Yellow (numbered) 20-25 7 Down
Slug Tone! Yellow (no number) 15-20 5 Stable
Slug Tone! Dark Red 15-20 6 Down
Slug Tone! Black 20-25 8 Down
Sleeve Foldover Paper Sleeve

This page was last updated on January 19, 2020.

Soul Sammich

Slug Tone! Records ST-05 7", released 1994

It actually took me considerably longer to track this one down than it took for me to find the Tasters' first single. Since then, it has become much more common. This is a fun single. The material from this single later appeared on the Comply CD. However, the back of the sleeve says "Material from the Second Coming of the Pietasters full length album set for release fall of 94." I find this interesting...it supports the theory that Comply was planned for a much earlier release date than its eventual 1996 debut. Black vinyl on Slug Tone (though Moon Records' info can also be found on the back of the sleeve).

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Slug Tone! ST-05 Black 12-15 5 Down
Sleeve Full Paper Sleeve

This page was last updated on January 19, 2020.

Crazy Monkey Lady b/w Ocean

Moon Ska MR075 7", released 1996 (U.S.)

The Pietasters' Moon Ska single is one of the more expensive entries in the clear vinyl series. Both of these songs appeared on the band's Willis album, but that one came out after the band jumped ship from Moon to Hellcat. The versions of the two tracks on this single were earlier versions than the ones that were eventually released on Willis. These versions were, however, also released elsewhere. They came out on the Comply CD.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
MR075 Clear 20-30 5 Stable
Sleeve Thick-Stock White Paper Sleeve

This page was last updated on January 19, 2020.

Out All Night

Hellcat Records 80404-2-S1 CD, released 1997 (U.S)

Hellcat Records 0409-7A 7"/0409-2 CD, released 1998 (Europe)

Out All Night was the Pietasters' most commercially successful moment. This song received a decent amount of radio airplay in 1998. The single was a European release on a (mostly) uniquely-colored slab o' wax (it is on the same cloudy white vinyl as Hepcat's No Worries EP). It used to be very easy to find, later became more scarce, but returned to being fairly common. It also came out in CD form.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Hellcat 0409-7A 7" White 10-15 4 Stable
Sleeve Full Thick-stock Paper Sleeve

This page was last updated on January 19, 2020.

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