Damn, I love both Count Me Out LPs. They are different, and I like them both for different reasons, but I think I like them about equally. I was on a quest for test pressings of both LPs for what felt like forever. Dave Mandel at Indecision always did a pretty good job of sticking to a low number of test pressings for his releases, so unless he or the band themselves sold their copies, it was always hard to find Indecision Records tests. I used to keep in touch with Jason Mazzola, vocalist of Count Me Out, via the Rev board / email, and I would always chat with him when CMO would come out to the west coast. So in 2008 I finally emailed him to see if he could help me run down the tests. He mentioned that Colin had recently bought all of Pete’s records and would be selling them off in pieces over time. I had actually just bought something off Colin on eBay recently, so I hit him up and was able to pick up both LP tests in 2009. I am psyched I was finally able to run these down. I finally felt like the collection was complete. But… I’m finding that the quest is really the fun part of all of this for me. So I recently sold both LP tests to someone who has really wanted them from me for the last couple of years. I know he’ll take extra good care of them! When I bought the tests from Colin, I also got both of those weird spray painted Euro Tour 2003 covers. I don’t think I ever realized these even existed until he told me about them. It’s another one of these horrible theft stories in Europe, where the van gets broken into and they take everything. Colin said that probably only about 40 of the “110” LP had been sold, and the rest of the ~60 or so were stolen. I believe he said that the Permanent copies weren’t “really” available. They just spray painted ~6 copies of Permanent with the same stencil, one for each band member / roadie. So the Permanent Euro Tour 03 cover you see above isn’t really a version that was ever available. I may have gotten this all slightly wrong, I couldn’t find the email trail to confirm the exact details of all of this, but I know the Permanent one was essentially out of like 6 copies. The summer tour 2002 pressing of 110 has a small little Marilyn screen print on the back, numbered out of 110. It was also sold at Positive Numbers Fest 2002. Weird that later the CMO Permanent LP would go on to have Marilyn art on the cover as well. Anyway… I’ve had this copy forever, but I think I threw in a CMO/Panic tour pass (different tour than the Marilyn stamp) when Colin sent it to me with the tests and euro copies that I bought in 2009. Also – I’ve always loved the clear copy of 110. It looks like they mixed clear vinyl with yellow vinyl, to create a unique light piss color that I’ve never really seen duplicated on any other release, haha. Despite calling it a piss color, I think it looks awesome and I think I’ll always own a copy of this record. I can remember playing this LP over and over on my turntable in the early 2000’s. I love that fucking thing. There were 110 copies (of course!) on clear yellow, and 331 on solid yellow. For the “Permanent” LP, there were 165 red and 349 clear. Both the red and the clear look super slick with half-toned “pop art” looking layout.
This is a tour pass that Colin threw in a package when he was mailing me the test pressings that I’d bought from him. It was an east coast tour with Panic. The flip side of the tour pass is the Panic “Dying For It” background/layout and Panic logo.
Around this 2000-20002 period, Linas and Robby Redcheeks were doing a lot of these screen-printed posters. Here’s one for a show in Philly with American Nightmare, Count Me Out, Striking Distance, etc. I wish that I had the “Sid and Nancy” ones from the Adult Crash show! I never got those but I want em!
Count Me Out – the 7″‘s…
Gosh, so many pressings of the euro 7″ and the Malfunction 7″. I feel like euro labels always do the weirdest things, and this release is no exception. First of all – “Crapchord Records”…. Really? I mean, spoofing Dischord and/or saying you’re releasing crap? Either way, why would you want to identify yourself that way? Ok moving on… So why is the test pressing cover an image of a “riot”? Also, what is up with “The Godfathers” cover? Not to mention why so many limited covers. It all just seems so incongruent with no particular reason for doing any of it. Anyway – the Turning Point rip-off covers were made by the band for a show in VA, I think. You can see the flier in the photo. Really they were all on black vinyl, #/35. I got that weird orange TP copy from Dave Jannes, this dude in Philly I used to keep in touch with via some friends Walter Yetman and Sarah Clark. I think he’d gotten to the show a little late and they were all sold out, but he really wanted a copy of this 7″. He was buddies with the guys in CMO, and they had a couple extra TP covers from Kinko’s or whatever. So someone numbered this one #37/35 using the same red pen they’d use to number the others, and threw it on an orange vinyl copy. (Apparently there is a #36, and I don’t know how many past #37). But anyway, usually the TP rip-off cover has black vinyl, but the ones past #35 have orange vinyl. Moving on to the Malfunction 7″… That copy in the middle that has no vinyl pictured with it – that is because it is still sealed with a hand-drawn “lock” sticker made by Linas that they put on the plastic sleeve. You had to break it to open the record, which I never did because I have other copies. The next copy directly to the right with skeleton Sid & Nancy and black vinyl has a special “Advance Promo Copy out of 50” written on the front cover. It also has a square “X” stamped on the inside of the cover. I’ve included some close-up photos below so you can see some of these rare variants up close. The two copies in the bottom left hand corner were sold on Count Me Out’s winter tour in 2000 or 2001. I picked these up at the show at The Glass House in Pomona. Only 15 of the 110 covers were put on pink vinyl, the rest of them were put on black vinyl. The copy in the bottom right hand corner with screen printed Sid/roses cover is a favorite 7″ cover of mine. I don’t know why, I just really like the art’s portrayal of Sid and the custom screen printed roses are super cool. I usually hate limited covers, but in this case it was totally worth it becuase it was done so well. I wish more people did this sort of thing if they’re going to do limited covers. The last copy in the bottom right is the final press on green vinyl sold at Count Me Out’s last show on February 1st, 2003. RIP, you guys ruled. Oh yeah, one more – there is also a gold vinyl version of the 7″ on Malfunction that comes with the “Mass Grave Boxset”. There are a bunch of photos below.
To make this particular copy even cooler – my copy is numbered #1 (out of 110) in silver pen on the bottom right hand corner!! I know this number represents hand numbering because I owned some copies that had other numbers.
This is the “Mass Grave Boxset” released by Malfunction Records and sold at Posi Numbers Fest – I believe in 2003. Malfunction was run by Tru Pray and Linas Garsys, and they wanted to do something cool to celebrate the releases they’d been having fun with over the last few years on their label. Each set is hand-numbered out of 150 copies. It features a special pressing of the first six Malfunction 7″s on gold vinyl – Time Flies, Count Me Out, Barfight, Wheelbite, Worn Thin, and American Nightmare. The boxes themselves are screen printed, and there is a cool stapled booklet included. More detailed pics shown below!
Each band has a page in the booklet, with an explanation surrounding how Malfunction came to put out that release, as well as some custom artwork as a background. This page happens to be American Nightmare.
The last page of the booklet is a note from Tru Pray. The boxes used for this boxset were purchased from Yesterday & Today Records of Dischord Records fame, just before Y&T closed for good. (Check out my Dischord blog entry, there are many references to Skip and Yesterday And Today). That is really cool how an old D.C. hardcore staple like Yesterday And Today could have somewhat of a mark on a current release on another local D.C. label.
Here’s a close-up of some of the gold vinyl. Count Me Out at the top right, American Nightmare on the bottom right, Worn Thin top left.
I got my copy of the Mass Grave boxset when Linas Garsys flew out to California for some Redemption 87 reunion shows, sometime around 2003/2004. He stayed at my place for the weekend, and as a thank you for giving him a place to crash, he brought me this boxset. He obviously did not have to do that, and I was very grateful! While he was staying at the house, my girlfriend Isa got to talking to him about how much she liked his artwork. So he told her that if she went and bought some paints, he would do a painting for her! It ended up being a custom painting of her and our dog, Amos. He ran out of time and never finished it, so it is only half complete, but it looks kinda cool that way! You can check it out in the photo above. I thought it was super nice that he offered to do that for us. To this day it hangs in my home and is one of my favorite things I own.
Count Me Out – Demo cassette“What The Fuck 97” Demo with Descendants rip-off cover, #8/75. But then the tape says Demo 98. I guess that’s the joke – “What the fuck, 97?”. haha I don’t know. Maybe once of these other CMO fanatics will fill me in.
When Count Me Out was selling this t-shirt on their winter tour in California, all of us were cracking up because it looks like Todd Jones is highlighted on the back! hahahaha. There’s something about the way the shirt was screened, where the rest of the image is washed out, but it’s brighter right around Todd’s face, who is leaning up against the front of the stage in the lower right hand corner.
My Count Me Out collection, at its peak:
- Count Me Out – What We Built (TEST PRESS, “riot” cover, out of 10)
- Count Me Out – What We Built (BLACK, Turning Point rip off cover, #5/35)
- Count Me Out – What We Built (ORANGE, Turning Point rip off cover, #37/35)
- Count Me Out – What We Built (ORANGE, out of 100)
- Count Me Out – What We Built (BLACK)
- Count Me Out – What We Built (BLACK, blank labels, “The Godfathers” cover, out of 126)
- Count Me Out – Few And Far Between (TEST PRESS #6/15, Gas Mask cover, Malfunction Records)
- Count Me Out – Few And Far Between (BLACK, lock sticker at top of plastic sleeve still sealed and un-opened)
- Count Me Out – Few And Far Between (BLACK, inside cover says “advance of 50” and has blue X stamp on inside cover, with Lock sticker, out of 50)
- Count Me Out – Few And Far Between (PINK, w/Winter Tour cover, only 15 sold on pink w/tour cover)
- Count Me Out – Few And Far Between (BLACK, w/Winter Tour cover, #’d 43/110)
- Count Me Out – Few And Far Between (BLACK, w/screened Sid & Nancy “Roses” cover, #’d 95/110)
- Count Me Out – Few And Far Between (PINK, out of 110)
- Count Me Out – Few And Far Between (GREEN, last show 02.01.2003 cover, #29/100)
- V/A – Malfunction MASS GRAVE BOX SET #77/150 (6x 7″ GOLD vinyl, Count Me Out, Time Flies, American Nightmare, Worn Thin, Wheelbite, Barfight, out of 150 each)
- Count Me Out – 110 (TEST PRESS)
- Count Me Out – 110 (CLEAR, out of 110)
- Count Me Out – 110 (SOLID YELLOW, out of 331)
- Count Me Out – 110 (BLACK, Posi Fest 2002 Marilyn stamp, #62/110)
- Count Me Out – 110 (BLACK, spraypainted Euro 03 cover, out of 80)
- Count Me Out – 110 (BLACK)
- Count Me Out – Permanent (TEST PRESS)
- Count Me Out – Permanent (RED, out of 165)
- Count Me Out – Permanent (CLEAR, out of 349)
- Count Me Out – Permanent (BLACK, spraypainted Euro 03 cover, only 9 made but van was broken into and 5 were stolen, only 4 known to exist)
- Count Me Out – Permanent (BLACK)
- Count Me Out – Demo 98 (WHAT THE FUCK 97! Descendents rip-off cover, #8/75)