A Record Collector's Guide

Seaweed - Singles

Seaweed was another solid entry in the Sub Pop family.  They were both a little punkier and a little poppier than many of their peers.  The sound worked.  They put out a good amount of vinyl during their career.  They had lots of singles of their own, as well as a ton of compilation appearances.

Inside/Stargirl b/w Re-think/Love Gut

Leopard Gecko LG-007, released 1989

Leopard Gecko had a short run (eight releases, I believe).  Amongst its handful of 7" releases were Seaweed's first two singles.  This stuff's a little raw.  Some of it is pretty good, but it is far from my favorite material the band put out.  Mailings from the label said the first 350 copies of this one were on blue-green marble vinyl.  They do not specify whether there were 1000 or 1500 total pressed.  If I had to guess, I would say there were 1500 total.  The rest of the copies were on translucent black vinyl.  The blue-green marble copy of this record is one of the tougher Seaweed records to find.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
LG-007 Blue-Green Marble (350) 12-15 Down
LG-007 Translucent Black 8-10 Down
Sleeve Thick stock paper foldover

Just a Smirk b/w Installing

Leopard Gecko LG-009, released 1990

Leopard Gecko Seaweed 7" number two.  They were still developing.  1500 copies pressed of this one, with the first 500 on clear light green vinyl.  Most of the rest are on semi-translucent black vinyl.  However, there is also a version on yellow vinyl.  The exact number of these is unconfirmed.  I had originally thought that the last 250 or 300 might be on yellow, but now know that there are far fewer than this.  I have only seen two copies on yellow vinyl since I have started doing this, and the numbers were random (951 and 1263).  I have seen many other copies in this number range, and all of those have been black.  There must have just been a handful of yellow ones.  It took me three years to find one after the first one surfaced.  'Tis scarce.  The backs of the sleeves are hand numbered.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
LG-009 Blue-Green Marble (500) 12-15 Down
LG-009 Black 8-10 Down
LG-009 Yellow 30-40 Up
Test Pressing
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, white labels
Sleeve Paper foldover
Credits Marcus Andrews: Yellow vinyl image.  Check out his great vinyl blog.

Deertrap b/w Carousel

K Records IPU-16, released 1990

Seaweed jumped over to K for this single, in order to participate in the label's International Pop Underground series.  These two tracks fit with the previous six on the Leopard Gecko convenient that they then packaged seven of the eight songs on those first three singles together to make an album!  This is a very easy record to find.  Translucent black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
IPU-16 Translucent Black 4 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover

Bill b/w Pumpkin

Sub Pop SP141, released April 1990

Sub Pop SP40/199 - 12" (Germany)

Seaweed's first Sub Pop single, released after their two 7"s on Leopard Gecko.  This one appeared on both green marble and turquoise (or aqua) marble vinyl.  There is some confusion in the record trading community as to which is which.  The lighter one is the green.  Both colors are easy to find, but the green one is slightly more common.  Sub Pop says the first 2000 were on turquoise.  There are some green variations that have bits of other colors mixed in - I have one with some pink in it.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP141 Turquoise Marble (2000) 5 Down
SP141 Green Marble 5 Down
SP40/199 12" 10-12 Stable
Test Pressing
Europe 12"
12" Test Pressing
12" Test Press Insert
Sleeve Full glossy
Test Pressing Pink vinyl, small hole, white labels

Measure b/w Turnout

Sub Pop SP168, released October 1992

Sub Pop Europe SP57/219 - 12"/CDS (Germany)

The second Sub Pop single from Seaweed.  Seaweed was peaking at this point.  They were putting out some solid music.  This single was available on orange vinyl (most common) and clear vinyl (slightly less common).  Sub Pop says the first 2000 were on orange.  However, there are two distinct orange versions - one is the standard flat orange that you will commonly see for sale.  The next is a much lighter, marbled orange version with some pink streaks in it.  Then, there is the pink marble or salmon version.  This one is a variation - it is very rare.  It looks somewhat like the orange one, but is definitely a distinct pink marble color.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP168 Orange (2000) 5-8 Down
SP168 Light Orange w/ Pink Streaks 10-15 Stable
SP168 Pink Marble 40-50 Up
SP168 Clear 8-10 Down
SP57/219 12" 10-12 Stable
Test Pressing
Light Orange w/ Pink Streaks
Pink Marble
Europe 12"
Standard Orange vs. Light Orange
Standard Orange vs. Pink Marble
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, white labels
Sleeve 7" - Full glossy
Credits Gregg Conover: pink marble, orange/pink marble comparison pictures

Go Your Own Way b/w Losing Skin (remix)/She Cracked

Sub Pop SP123/304 (Germany), released 1993

This was the only single that came out in conjunction with the band's Four album.  It is an excellent cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic, "Go Your Own Way."  The song also appeared on the soundtrack to "Clerks."  Released in Germany, this 7" was on grey vinyl.  If you hold it up to the light, you can see a fair amount of marbling in the vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP123/304 Grey 5-8 Down
Sleeve Full glossy

Free Drug Zone b/w Losing Skin (live)

Hollywood 575836-7, released 1996

This single was released to promote Seaweed's lone major label album (Spanaway).  Green vinyl, released in the UK.  It comes in a foldover paper sleeve, but the back of the sleeve only covers the bottom half of the record.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Hollywood 575836-7 Green 5-8 Down
Sleeve Thick stock paper foldover - back is incomplete

Service Deck b/w The Weight

No Idea NIR-306, released 2011

After many years lying dormant, Seaweed re-emerged in 2011 with a new single on No Idea Records.  Two new tracks, 800 copies, all on green vinyl.  Still available from No Idea.  Go get one - it even comes with a download code!  That sentence would have sounded like something in another language the last time a new Seaweed single came out.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
No Idea NIR-306 Green (800) 5 Stable
Test Pressing Sleeve
Test Pressing
Sleeve Thick stock paper foldover - the front of the sleeve is in two pieces.
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