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A Record Collector's Guide

Team Dresch - Albums and Singles

Team Dresch...definitely one of those bands I found through the true lost art form in the digital age: the compilation. Let's see...I think it went like this...I got into Tiger Trap through a friend of mine, and in my obsessive tendency to track down every song done by a band, I picked up the Julep compilation on Yo-Yo. This led me to a song by Tattle Tale that I liked. Tattle Tale and Go Sailor had tracks on another Yo-Yo comp, Periscope...which also contained a song by Team Dresch. I liked it. I thought it was very solid. Then, while I was back in Tokyo the following summer, I came across their "Personal Best" cd in a used cd store, and that, as they say, was all she wrote. I was hooked pretty quickly, and the band's very small number of releases has only gotten more appealing over time. Team Dresch was an excellent mix of talents. All have gone on to do very good other things: Kaia's solo stuff, the Butchies, Davies vs. Dresch, the Infinite X's...all have great moments. However, when all were together, it was an even better combination of voices, powerful music, and energy.

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Rock Stars Kill

Kill Rocks Stars KRS-221 LP+7"/CD, released 1994 (U.S.)

Contains the Team Dresch song "Seven"

This early Team Dresch recording was probably overshadowed by some of the (at that time) heavier hitters on this now legendary compilation. A solid effort, exclusive to this comp until 2019, when the Choices, Chances, Changes CD came out. Black vinyl LP + bonus black vinyl 7". The Team Dresch song is on the LP.

The initial pressing came with screen-printed sleeves, hand-numbered out of 1,000 (though I'm told there are 1,023 of them). These are a little harder to find than ones with normal sleeves, but they're reasonably priced now.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
KRS-221 Black (Screen-printed Sleeve) 12-15 3 Down
KRS-221 Black (Normal Sleeve) 2-4 1 Down
LP
Bonus 7"

This page was last updated on February 23, 2020.

Hand Grenade

Kill Rock Stars KRS-227 7", released 1994/2019

This was one hell of a debut single. I think "Hand Grenade" is one of the best songs Team Dresch ever recorded (or, well, anyone, really). An all around favorite of mine. Side note: there was an awesome acoustic version of "Hand Grenade" that Kaia did on a bonus digital album that came with her Godmakesmonkeys CD. It was longer than I care to admit before I realized the bonus album was there.

Anyway, this 7" was on Kill Rock Stars, and was originally on black vinyl. It was re-pressed in 2019 (to accompany the two Team Dresch album re-presses and their brief tour). It came out on green and clear vinyl. I think the green was a mail order exclusive and the clear was an indie retailer exclusive. No idea on the pressing numbers, but the clear one seems to be a lot easier to find. Both are fairly easy to get for the moment, but that will change.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
KRS-227 Black 4-6 3 Stable
KRS-227 Clear 4-6 3 Stable
KRS-227 Green 6-10 5 Stable
Original Pressing
Green
Clear
Sleeve Paper foldover

This page was last updated on February 22, 2020.

   

Personal Best

Chainsaw / Candy-Ass CAR 11 LP/CD/Cassette, released 1994 (U.S.)

Jealous Butcher Records JB175-LP / JB175-CS, released 2019 (U.S.)

A truly excellent album. Over time, this record has become one of my favorite albums of all time. This is the one that really hooked me on this band. Joint release on Chainsaw (Donna Dresch's label) and Candy-Ass (Jody Bleyle's label). The original release was on black vinyl.

In 2019, Team Dresch's albums got remastered and re-pressed. This one was on three colors: lavender (Jealous Butcher mail order only, limited to 300 copies), clear with black and yellow splatter (indie store exclusive, limited to 300 copies), and black. All are still reasonably priced for the moment.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
CAR 11 Black 12-15 2 Stable
JB175-LP Lavender 20-25 7 Stable
JB175-LP Clear w/ Yellow & Black Splatter 15-20 7 Stable
JB175-LP Black 15-20 2 Stable
Original Pressing
Lavender
Clear w/ Black & Yellow Splatter
Black Re-press

This page was last updated on February 22, 2020.

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Free to Fight!

Candy-Ass CAR 12 2xLP/CD, released May 1995 (U.S.)

Contains the Team Dresch song "Song for Anne Bannon"

This compilation was released as a double LP and as a CD, and came with a self defense guide handbook. Black vinyl. Many copies for sale are missing the booklet - one of these can be purchased for about $10-15. To find a copy with the booklet intact, you generally have to spend closer to $25-35.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
CAR 12 Black 2xLP (w/ Booklet) 25-35 5 Stable
CAR 12 Black 2xLP (No Booklet) 10-15 2 Stable
Side A
Side C
Booklet

This page was last updated on February 23, 2020.

   

Captain My Captain

Chainsaw / Candy-Ass CAR 18 LP/CD, released 1995 (U.S.)

Jealous Butcher Records JB176-LP / JB176-CS, released 2019 (U.S.)

The second and final full-length album released in the short-lived career of Team Dresch. Melissa York replaced Marci Martinez on drums for this album. Also excellent. As with the first album, the original vinyl was black.

In 2019, Jealous Butcher re-pressed this one was on three colors: gold (Jealous Butcher mail order only, limited to 300 copies), blue (indie store exclusive, limited to 300 copies), and black. All have been readily available so far.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
CAR 18 Black 15-20 2 Stable
JB175-LP Gold 15-20 7 Stable
JB175-LP Blue 15-20 7 Stable
JB175-LP Black 15-20 4 Stable
Original Pressing
Gold
Blue
Black Re-press

This page was last updated on February 22, 2020.

Team Dresch/Bikini Kill Spring Tour 1996 Split 7"

Take on Me b/w Capri Pants

Banda Bonnot BB024, released 1996

This is the toughest Team Dresch record to find, hands down. 500 copies pressed, all on black vinyl, released in conjunction with the Team Dresch/Bikini Kill 1996 European tour. The sleeve for every copy of this one I have seen has been wrinkled to hell. I don't know if this is a result of the way they were produced, or if the sleeves all collectively got caught in the rain on tour or something. The insert is all wrinkly on my copy as well, so I'm guessing some form of the latter. This 7" was particularly hard to find for years, and expensive when you did. It seems to have gotten a bit easier and cheaper.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
BB024 Black 20-25 5 Stable
Insert
Sleeve Paper full

This page was last updated on February 22, 2020.

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Marigold

Marigold MAR-2 7", released 1996

Contains the Team Dresch song "What Can a Lover Do?"

4-band 7" compilation containing a Team Dresch song that was exclusive until the Choices, Chances, Changes CD came out in 2019. Good for completeness.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
MAR-2 Black 2-4 5 Stable
Sleeve Thick-stock paper foldover

This page was last updated on February 23, 2020.

The New Team Dresch v 6.0 Beta 7"

Deattached b/w Venus Lacy

Outpunk out 20, released 1998

Team Dresch returned after a bit of a layoff minus Kaia, who had taken off to pursue her solo career. You can definitely hear the difference, but unlike most bands that lose amazing musicians, Team Dresch continued to release solid material. Black vinyl, easy to find.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
out 20 Black 3-5 1 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover

This page was last updated on February 22, 2020.

Team Dresch - It's a Conversation b/w Longstocking - Never Nowhere

Sub Pop SP439, released August 1998

Sub Pop Singles Club V2 #5

1,300 copies, all on clear orange vinyl. Very good Team Dresch song here. It made me happy that Team Dresch and Sub Pop could put something together. The value held steady over the better part of the two decades after it was released, but then dropped. I always figured it would appreciate, and it never really did. Some of these had separate loose inserts in addition to the attached ones. All were on orange vinyl, though there is some variation in the orange color form one to another - from a light orange to nearly (but not quite) red.

Version Approximate value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP439 Orange (1,300) 6-10 3 Down
Attached Insert
Loose Insert
Test Pressing
Sleeve Thick-stock paper foldover w/ insert attached
Test Pressing Black vinyl, small hole, generic yellow Erika Records labels

This page was last updated on November 5, 2019.

Team Dresch/Automaticans Split 7"

Temporary Insurance b/w Audrey

Mental Monkey, released 2000

The last Team Dresch release...or so we thought. This single came out on both clear and black vinyl. The black one is still easy to find. I read that the clear one was limited to 100 copies, though (and the black was 900 copies). No idea if that is accurate. It makes some sense, though. It was a few years before I knew the clear one existed.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Mental Monkey Clear 15-20 8 Stable
Mental Monkey Black 5-8 4 Stable
Sleeve Full glossy

This page was last updated on February 22, 2020.


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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