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Tiget Trap - Albums and Singles

This page is designed to chronicle the very short-lived careers of one of Rose Melberg's projects: Tiger Trap. I have done another, for Go Sailor, as well. Between the two pages, we are talking about two separate bands, but everything listed here still only spans a three-year period (1992-95). There was some great stuff in there. There's a great discography page out there about all of Rose Melberg's projects. I have opted to just focus on two of them.

 

Bratmobile/Tiger Trap Split 7"

Bratmobile - "Throwaway" b/w Tiger Trap - "Words and Smiles"

Four Letter Words FLW-008 7", released 1992 (U.S.)

Quite a debut for Tiger Trap. I don't know if something happened with these sleeves on the front end, but every one I have ever seen has either had a water stain on it or has been very wrinkly. Maybe it is because the sleeves were screen-printed onto normal paper. Black vinyl.

Now...there were several pressings of this one, which we know because the address on the back of the sleeve kept changing: one was in San Francisco, one was in Daly City, and one was in San Jose. I'm not sure which came first between San Francisco and Daly City. I did some digging and could not determine when the label was at the Daly City address. Between the Daly City and San Francisco sleeves, all were screen-printed with red print. Some of these had additional gold background print. The San Jose address sleeve appears to have been the last of the three. That one was not screen-printed (it was the black and white photocopied sleeve above). The back of that sleeve listed the Four-Letter Words Winter '93 auction list (the original came out in 1992). Most seem to go for around the same price. I think the Daly City ones are less common than the San Francisco sleeves, the sleeves with gold print are a bit rarer than those without, and the San Jose photocopied sleeves seem to be the rarest.

Version Approximate value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
FLW-008 Black - San Francisco Sleeve, w/ Gold Print 8-12 5 Stable
FLW-008 Black - San Francisco Sleeve, No Gold Print 8-12 4 Stable
FLW-008 Black - Daly City Sleeve, w/ Gold Print 8-12 5 Stable
FLW-008 Black - Daly City Sleeve, No Gold Print 8-12 4 Stable
FLW-008 Black - San Jose Sleeve, Black and White 15-25 7 Stable
Sleeve Paper full

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Stars Kill Rock

Kill Rock Stars KRS207 LP/CD, released April 1993 (U.S.)

Contains the Tiger Trap song "Supreme Nothing"

This compilation contained a (very good) version of "Supreme Nothing." Black vinyl Kill Rock Stars compilation. The first pressing of this record has a hand-silkscreened sleeve. It was hand-numbered in pencil (out of 808 copies).

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
KRS207 (Silkscreened Sleeve) 12-15 5 Stable
KRS207 6-10 1 Stable

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Julep

Yo Yo Recordings YOYO-LP-2 / YOYO-CD-2 / YOYO-CS-2, released April 1993 (U.S.)

Contains the Tiger Trap song "Baby Blue"

There weren't too many copies of this YoYo comp released on vinyl. There were purple marble and black copies made. The prices for both have come way down over time.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
YOYO 2 Purple Marble 8-12 4 Down
YOYO 2 Black 10-15 4 Stable

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Supercrush

K Records International Pop Underground IPU-36 7", released 1993 (U.S.)

This was a three-song single that led up to Tiger Trap's album. "Hiding" is a really fun song - one of my favorites of theirs. "Supercrush" was a different version from the one that came out on the album. "You and Me" was the same version. Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
IPU-36 Black 6-10 4 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover

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Tiger Trap

K Records KLP 017 LP/CD/Cassette, released 1993 (U.S.)

Tiger Trap's only full-length album, and it's a good one. The vinyl has become increasingly tough to find. It can be fairly expensive these days.

Version Approximate value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
KLP 017 Black 45-55 5 Up

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Sourgrass

K Records KLP 023 10"/CD, released 1993 (U.S.)

Tiger Trap was just cranking out records for about...well, a year. They quickly followed their only full-length album with this EP. It is very solid overall. The 10" was on black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
KLP 023 Black 15-25 4 Stable

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The Tiger Trap & Henry's Dress Astronautical Music Festival

Tiger Trap - "Alien Space Song" b/w Henry's Dress - "Feathers"

Slumberland SLR 033 7", released February 1994 (U.S.)

And just like that...Tiger Trap's brief career was done. Before I started paying attention to these things, I could have sworn this was one of their earliest recordings. I guess not. Mail order copies were on powder blue marble vinyl - those are tough to find. Per the Slumberland discography, "a very small quantity had hand-colored sleeves with a picture of Pete Townshend." Those are preposterously difficult to find. I found one after 8-10 years of looking.

Incidentally, I came across this picture at one point:


What do you want to bet someone found this record in a thrift store and just had to use it for a sleeve?

Version Approximate value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SLR 033 Powder Blue Marble 15-20 6 Stable
SLR 033 Black 8-12 3 Stable
SLR 033 Pete Townshend Sleeve 40-60 10 Volatile
Test Pressing
Powder Blue Marble
Black
Sleeve Paper foldover
Credits BJ: Pete Townshend Sleeve image

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Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls Soundtrack

Planet Pimp PPR-009 LP, released 1994 (U.S.)

Includes the Tiger Trap track "Girl with the Guitar"

A reader clued me into this one...apparently, my Tiger Trap discography was not quite complete. This mightilty bizarre soundtrack/tribute to the director contained a Tiger Trap song that was never released elsewhere. It's a pretty good one, as well. Fully worth tracking down. Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Planet Pimp PPR-009 Black 10-15 4 Stable

This page was last updated on February 23, 2020.

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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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