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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 7", 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. 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 1,000 or 1,500 total pressed. If I had to guess, I would say there were 1,500 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. The price of that one has been going up recently after dropping for some years. The black one had at least three label variants: one had white print on both sides, one had blue print on both sides, and one had blue printon side A and green print on side B. There doesn't seem to be much variation in value between the black vinyl variants.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
LG-007 Blue-Green Marble 25-30 7 Up
LG-007 Black (White print labels) 8-10 4 Stable
LG-007 Black (Blue print labels) 8-10 3 Stable
LG-007 Black (Green and blue print labels) 8-10 3 Stable
Blue-green Marble
Black Vinyl/White Labels Black Vinyl/Blue Labels Black Vinyl/Blue & Green Labels
Sleeve Thick stock paper foldover

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Just a Smirk b/w Installing

Leopard Gecko LG-009 7", released 1990

Leopard Gecko Seaweed 7" number two. They were still developing. 1,500 copies pressed of this one, with the first 500 on clear light green vinyl. Most of the rest were on semi-translucent black vinyl. However, there is also a version on yellow vinyl, and that one is obnoxiously rare. 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 three copies on yellow vinyl since I have started doing this, and the numbers were random (two were 951 and 1263). I have seen many other copies in this number range, and all of those have been black. So yeah...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 were hand numbered for all copies.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
LG-009 Blue-Green Marble 10-15 5 Stable
LG-009 Black 3-5 3 Down
LG-009 Yellow 30-50 9 Volatile
Test Pressing
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, white labels
Sleeve Paper foldover

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Deertrap b/w Carousel

K Records IPU-16 7", 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 singles...how convenient that they then packaged seven of the eight songs on those first three singles together to make an album! This 7" is a very easy record to find. Translucent black vinyl.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
IPU-16 Translucent Black 2-4 1 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover

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Bill b/w Pumpkin

Sub Pop SP141 7" / SPCD PRO 4 CD, released April 1990 (U.S.)

Sub Pop SP40/199 12" / SPCD 40/199 CD (Germany)

Seaweed's first Sub Pop single, released after their two 7"s on Leopard Gecko. "Pumpkin" is a cover of Wwax, a pre-Superchunk band. Such a fantastic song. The 7" appeared on both green marble and turquoise marble vinyl. There is some confusion in the record trading community as to which is which. The two colors are close enough that it is easy to mix them up. The lighter one is the green. Both colors are easy to find. Sub Pop says the first 2,000 were on turquoise. There are some green variations that have bits of other colors mixed in - I have one with some pink in it. Both versions are pretty common. The black vinyl German 12" is even more common. There was also a German CD single - the German versions both came with a third track - a remix of "Squint". A U.S. promo CD emerged as well - that one had the same two tracks as the 7". It's fairly hard to find.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP141 Turquoise Marble 3-5 1 Stable
SP141 Green Marble 3-5 1 Stable
SP40/199 12" 4-6 1 Stable
Test Pressing
Turquoise Marble
Green Marble
Europe 12"
12" Test Pressing
12" Test Press Insert
Sleeve Full glossy
Test Pressing Pink vinyl, small hole, white labels

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Measure b/w Turnout

Sub Pop SP168 7", released October 1992 (U.S.)

Sub Pop SP57/219 12" / SPCD 57/219 CD, released 1992 (Germany)

The second Sub Pop single from Seaweed. Seaweed was peaking at this point, putting out some consistently solid music. This single was available on orange vinyl (most common) and clear vinyl (slightly less common). Sub Pop says the first 2,000 were on orange. However, there were two distinct orange versions - one is the standard flat orange that you will commonly see for sale. The next was a much lighter, marbled orange version with some pink streaks in it. Then, there was the pink marble/salmon version. This one is a very rare variant. It looks somewhat like the orange one, but is definitely a distinct pink marble color. And I want one. Let me know if you have one available...

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP168 Orange 4-6 2 Stable
SP168 Light Orange w/ Pink Streaks 8-12 4 Stable
SP168 Pink/Salmon Marble 40-50? 10 ?
SP168 Clear 8-12 4 Stable
SP57/219 12" 3-5 1 Stable
Test Pressing
Orange
Light Orange w/ Pink Streaks
Pink/Salmon Marble
Clear
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

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

Sub Pop SP123/304 7" / SPCD 123/304 CD (Germany), released 1993

Sub Pop SP252b CD (U.S.)

Chaos OSK 6648 CD (U.S.)

Columbia COL 661254 1 CD (Europe)

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, but otherwise, it looks like a flat grey color. Not too hard to find.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP123/304 Grey 8-12 4 Stable
Sleeve Full glossy

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Free Drug Zone b/w Losing Skin (live)

Hollywood 575836-7, released 1996 (UK)

Hollywood PRCD-10520-2 CD (U.S.)

Polydor 575837 2 CD (UK)

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. It's fairly common.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Hollywood 575836-7 Green 5-8 4 Stable
Sleeve Thick stock paper foldover - back is incomplete

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Service Deck b/w The Weight

No Idea NIR-306 7", 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 "nori green" vinyl. It got re-pressed: 200 copies on white mix vinyl. It looks as though there was some variation in the colors of these, though, as brown copies also surfaced.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
NIR-306 Green 6-10 4 Stable
NIR-306 White Mix 10-15 7 Stable
NIR-306 Brown 10-15 7 Stable
Test Pressing Sleeve
Test Pressing
Green
White Mix
Brown
Sleeve Thick stock paper foldover - the front of the sleeve is in two pieces.

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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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