Dischord Records

It goes without saying that Dischord is a bastion of all things punk, and has been for 30 years now!  Dischord and Minor Threat delivered straightedge to the world (whether they meant to or not), as well as the aggressive version of punk rock that we all know and love as “hardcore” today.  As they grew, both musically and personally, they were able to evolve and stay true to their ideals, something at which almost every single other label that has ever attempted this has failed miserably.  Let’s not get into a discussion about who invented the mosh (Bad Brains), or the first hardcore 7″ ever (ugh, that debate sucks).  Let’s just say Dischord is clearly one of the most important labels in hardcore punk history, and has greatly shaped the way we see things today….  As for my Dischord collection: In 2006, I was growing bored with record collecting, as I felt like I’d completed a lot of collections that I had been working on for over 10 years.  I had a few Minor Threat singles, but didn’t really have a lot of the early 1st pressing Dischord stuff.  I got a bug up my ass to complete Dischord #1-12, including test pressings.  I always thought it was weird that more hardcore kids don’t get into collecting Dischord, even those that are super into Revelation Records collecting.  I wanted to collect Dischord in the same way I’d collected Revelation.  So it began.  Since most of my record collecting friends and contacts didn’t really collect Dischord, I knew this was going to be a little different.  Secondly, Dischord pressing information isn’t as documented in fine detail like the Revelation catalog has been by Kevin Finn.  Finally, I knew this was going to be tough because I insist on EX/EX (excellent) condition records or better for my collection… And most Dischord releases have gotten pretty thrashed over the years. Partially because they’re about 30 years old (!!!), partially because folks who bought Dischord releases in those early years are definitely more on the “punk” side of things than the “youth crew-ish” side of things. For obvious reasons, that tends to mean the Revelation stuff is kept in better condition than your typical Dischord single.  So, I scoured the internet, largely using eBay and messageboards, but always insisting on the most quality copies I could find. If it was below my standard, I just passed on it. So it took me about 5 years, but I can now say my collection is almost 100% complete with very high quality copies of everything.  The only thing I never got was a test pressing of the Dischord #12 Minor Threat “7inches on a 12inch” release, and the Faith 12″ on clear vinyl (of which there are literally 5-10 copies in existance, per Jeff Nelson).   I have every single other thing for Dischord #1-12, including tests pressings (excluding tests of the co-released “.5” releases – I don’t have tests of those).  Enjoy!

To start, I figured I’d show the classic “DC HarDCore” 11×17″ poster/flier that hangs onthe wall in my home.  This is one of my favorite fliers of all time, with a timeless design – DC HarDCore in the shape of an upside down cross, and such a clean crisp layout. Clever on so many levels, it’s basically perfect!  I seriously love this thing.

DIS-1  the Teen Idles – “Minor Disturbance” 7″

I’m not a guy that absolutely loves The Teen Idles 7″, but I am so psyched I own a test pressing of this release. I mean, it’s Dischord #1 for christ sakes!  I think there are only 8 of these in existence, or less.  This was one of the first 8 pieces of vinyl Jeff Nelson or Ian McKaye ever held in their hands…  For me, it just feels like this holy grail type of record.  When I bought the test pressing, it came in this frame already.  I left it as-is, and it hangs in my home and I fucking love it. But being the dork and cynic that I am, I insisted on verifying the record before I ever hung it up.  To do this, I needed to unscrew the frame and some of the matting, to get close enough to view the matrix etchings and compare them in fine detail to my original first pressing copy to make 100% absolute certain it is real.  Of course, it was.  I talked to the guy a bunch about the origins of the frame and all. He originally got the test from Jeff Nelson in the 80’s or 90’s, and he had it framed himself, using an old Dischord sticker and some photo copies of the cover of the 7″.  One retarded thing though – there is this little plaque at the bottom of the frame that says “Dischord #1 Teen Idols“. Hahaha, either he spelled the band name wrong when he gave the framing place the instructions, or the framing place just screwed it up when he told them what to engrave.  That’s so dumb, because it totally ruins the band’s double entendre of a name, which I’ve always thought was like the sweetest fucking name for a punk band… the Teen Idles.  What a cool name.  Also shown in the photo is a 1st and 2nd press copy. There were 1,000 copies in each pressing, so only 2,000 copies ever made of this 7″.  It’s super easy to tell the difference.  1st pressing covers are printed on a super glossy, much heavier stock.  They just look so much better than the 2nd pressing copies, which are printed on thin non-glossy paper, the ink saturation is so much lighter, and the cover art just looks “blown out”.  You can also determine the 2nd pressing by the little “Black Flag bars” drawn on Henry Garfield’s (Rollins) hand on the back cover.  See photo below.  As I said in my introduction – take note of the condition of these 7″s from fucking 1981, 30 years ago….  Could you really hope or expect for any better quality?  I’m telling you, I was super anal about these Dischord releases, and didn’t buy em unless they were in great condition. I wanted to do this right.

1st pressing back cover does not have “Black Flag bars” drawn on Henry’s hand because, well…. Henry hadn’t even met Black Flag yet! haha.  The look on Henry’s face kinda cracks me up for some reason.  I think it’s just because he looks so young – he looks like a mischevious little shit! haha.

2nd pressing covers have “Black Flag bars” drawn on a young Henry Garfield’s (Rollins) hand.  See the S.O.A. write-up below for more mention of Rollins.

The insert looks the same for both first and second pressing.

DIS-2  S.O.A. (State Of Alert) – “No Policy” 7″

S.O.A. stands for State Of Alert and features Henry Rollins of Black Flag on vocals.  While Black Flag was paving the way for future generations cross-country from L.A. to the east coast, Henry was originally a punk kid from D.C.  He ended up getting recruited to sing in Black Flag when Keith Morris left, was kicked out, or whatever.  Note the condition of these things – all in practically pristine condition.  The original test pressing at the top has the classic yellow United Record Pressing labels. There were 3 pressings in total, with 1,000 each press, so only 3,000 copies of this 7″ ever pressed.  First pressing was all 1,000 on green vinyl. 2nd pressing is black vinyl, and in a clever little touch, they drew Black Flag bars on Henry’s arm on the front cover.  You can see it if you look closely. The 3rd pressing is almost identical, with black vinyl and the cover has the bars on Henry’s arm. The only difference is the 7″ labels say the band’s name for the first time… You can see “State Of Alert” written just below the Dischord logo on the copy on the right.  As noted in the Teen Idles info above, they drew the Black Flag bars on Henry’s hand on the back cover of the 2nd press of the Teen Idles 7″, too.  The back of the Teen Idles 7″ features this photo of a bunch of Georgetown punks, and only the 2nd press copies have hand-drawn Black Flag bars on Henry’s hand.

The original test pressing with United Record Pressing labels in yellow. A lot of hardcore releases from the 90’s and 2000’s were pressed at United with the same familiar test pressing labels, but they are all white labels. You’ll notice the text and font on these old URP labels is exactly the same as it is today, 30 years later, which is crazy! The dust sleeve has a small “2” in the upper right hand corner to denote Dischord #2.

The 1st pressing cover does not have any Black Flag bars draw on Henry’s arm.

2nd and 3rd pressing covers have the Black Flag bars drawn on Henry’s arm.

2nd and 3rd pressing covers are identical, vinyl is almost identical.  The only difference is the 3rd pressing has the band name “State Of Alert” written on the label for the first time.

The insert on the left was the 1st pressing, the insert on the right was the same for the 2nd and 3rd pressings.  To tell you the truth, I dont’ know why they made a new insert. They’re not that different, and it seems like a bunch of cut/paste work for nothing!  It’s not like there’s detailed photos or artwork on the insert, so even if they lost the “master” cut/paste by the time they did the 2nd pressing, they could have just taken any 1st pressing insert and made photocopies of it!

DIS-3  Minor Threat – “Filler” 7″

Now we’re getting into the classics of classics.  Minor Threat’s first 7″, the “s/t”, or “Filler” 7″.  You’ll see the familiar yellow United Record Pressing labels on the test pressing on the upper left.  I got that Filler 7″ test pressing from Jon Gallagher, a dude in the UK that is big into Revelation Records collecting.  It’s kind of funny that I ended up owning this 7″ from him, because there is this crazy story surrounding how he got this 7″ in the first place – in a round about way, it was kind of originally supposed to be mine!  So here’s the deal: Jon emailed me, asking me if I wanted to buy a Minor Threat – In My Eyes 7″ (not Filler).  The thing was, I already owned a MT – IME 7″ test, and I didn’t really need to own a 2nd copy.  But then I remembered I knew 2 different people who really wanted my MT – IME 7″ test, and if I could pick this 2nd copy up from Jon, I could probably get one of these other guys to trade me a couple records that I’d wanted from either of them for a long time.  So I told Jon I’d buy the MT – IME 7″ test pressing, and I sent him the cash.  Well, Jon didn’t tell me this, but he actually didn’t have the record in his hands yet. ….A big no-no in the record collecting world.  (Whattup Jon!  Sorry I’m ratting you out here. The story is worth it though!).  Jon’s situation was that he’d found this old punk dude in the UK who was dumping a bunch of his stash for cheap.  Jon had agreed to buy certain records from the guy, but hadn’t gone over there to exchange the cash for records yet.  Obviously the Minor Threat – In My Eyes  7″ test was one of these records he was planning to buy from the guy, and then flip it to me for some pretty decent cash real quick.  So Jon goes over there, and much to his surprise, it’s a Minor Threat – Filler 7″ test pressing, not the In My Eyes 7″.  Jon buys it anyway, because Filler is worth even more and he’s getting an even better deal than he expected!  So why is this a problem for me?  Well, Jon is so stoked on the score because he’s always wanted to own a Filler test.  So he comes back to me with his tail between his legs, and not only tells me that he can’t sell me my 2nd copy of the In My Eyes 7″ test, but that it’s actually a Filler 7″ test (which I’ve always wanted to own!), and I can’t buy that either!  In Jon’s defense, he felt really bad, and didn’t just insist on refunding my money. Instead, he offered to keep the same cash I’d already sent him and he’d send me a Youth Of Today – Break Down The Walls test pressing (the accepted version of the Green rejected copy I already owned).  At first I was kinda pissed just because of the principle of the way the whole thing had gone down, but I was stoked on the YOT test too, so I said that’d be fine. Jon and I have continued to be buddies for years, so it wasn’t a huge crazy issue, but stuff like this could get real ugly real quick, haha.  Anyway…  That means Jon owned the Filler 7″ test, not me!  So, how did I get it? Well, at some point about 3 years later, Jon was selling off almost everything to focus solely on Revelation collecting, he offered the Filler 7″ test to me, and I bought it. So in the end, I got it!  As far as the regular copies of the Filler 7″. There were 5,000 total pressed: 1,000 first pressing with red covers, 1,000 2nd pressing yellow covers, 1,000 3rd pressing green covers, and 2,000 4th pressing blue covers.  I’m super proud of my 1st pressing red sleeve with yellow labels. It’s in like perfect condition.  I got it from Scott Pesek a couple years ago, who got it from Gus straightedge, an old NYHC dude.  All the other copies are in super great condition too.  You’ll notice I have another red cover copy next to it, however the vinyl is 2nd pressing blue labels instead of 1st pressing yellow labels.  Some dude was selling this on eBay one time. He’d gotten it direct from Dischord back in 1981, and it came like this. My guess is they had something like 1,050 red covers, but only 1,000 1st pressing vinyl with yellow labels, so there’s probably a certain amount of “over-run” red covers that got put with some 2nd pressing blue labels.  It went for like $130 on eBay because of how weird it was, but that is crazy cheap for a red cover copy, so I figured I’d go ahead and pick it up just to add another story to my Minor Threat collection.  I love how this release has no colored vinyl, it’s all black and white printing, and the only difference in pressings is the paper color of the 7″.   It should also be noted that for all of these early Dischord singles, the covers came printed flat, and the band/label had to fold and then glue every fucking one of these pocket covers.  Can you imagine glueing 1,000 of these damned things every time you repressed it?  How do I know they did this for sure? Well for one, it’s common to see messy glue jobs on some of these early Dischord singles. Secondly, it’s been said in interviews, and it’s common knowledge that’s how it was done back then.  More definitively, I happen to own an extra blue sleeve that came with my test pressing, and the glue is starting to come undone…. And what do I find?  On the little flaps where the band folded flaps and glued them together, is written in blue ballpoint pen “Flex Your Head” (see photo below).  Are you fucking kidding me? I’ll bet they did this on every damned one, or at least a bunch of them. Knowing that if the glue ever came undone, someone would find this hidden gem… Which I did.   So fucking cool!

“Flex  Your Head” was written on the inner flaps before the cover was glued.  Now that the glue has come undone, I found this hidden gem!  Can you imagine writing this on every cover?!  This is not my 4th pressing blue cover (which is still glued) – this is an extra cover that came with my test pressing.

Since I have two red covers, I figured I’d use them to show the front and back cover in one photo.  Both covers are in pristine condition.  One of my red covers has the first pressing vinyl with yellow labels, the other has second pressing vinyl with blue labels.

The insert on the left was only used for the 1st pressing, the right was used for all subsequent pressings.

This is written on the back of the first pressing insert.

DIS-4  Government Issue – “Legless Bull” 7″

Test pressing of the Government Issue 7″, along with the one and only pressing out of 1,000 copies ever.  The test actually does not have a cover with it.  There are two slightly different sleeves across the 1,000 copies.  Some have the Yesterday And Today Records address (“Y&T Records”) in Maryland on the back, which was on the first set of covers that went out.  This is where the guys used to get mail and process orders.  Later they changed the address to Beecher St. in DC on the remaining covers.  My copy originally had the Beecher St. Dischord address, but then I also got a mint cover with the Y&T Records address from John Stabb, singer of Government Issue, when I was buying some other things from him on eBay.  He had a bunch of extras, so he sold me a cover for like $10 and threw it in my package.

Here’s the test pressing and the original dust sleeve with hand-written song titles. I’m not sure who Eric C was, but apparently it was his copy?

The back cover of both versions shown above, Beecher St./Dischord address on the left, Y&T Records on the right.

Photo of the insert

DIS-4.5  Necros – “IQ32″ 7”

The first Necros 7″ was a split release between Touch & Go Records and Dischord. It is Dischord #4.5.  This was the first in a series of “.5” releases that Dischord would do with many other labels, featuring bands outside the D.C. area. Necros was from the upper midwest, Michigan or Ohio, the stomping grounds of early Touch & Go. There were 3 pressings of the “IQ32″ 7” – first pressing is 1,000 copies with green labels, 2nd pressing is 1,000 with tan labels, 3rd pressing is 1,000 with white labels.  Within the first pressing green labels, there are 100 copies that have the “Skate Park sleeve”.  These copies have a hand-screened back cover and were the first copies of this 7″ available, sold at a Skate Park show in 1981.  Mine is hand-numbered #73/100.  Could this be considered the first “limited cover” of all time, haha?  I don’t know, I’m sure there were others, but I can’t think of an earlier limited cover. Especially not one explicitly labeled “limited edition” like this one! haha.  This is a pretty sought after gem, because it’s collected both by Dischord and Touch and Go collectors.  After the Necros “Sex Drive” 7″, The Fix “Vengeance” 7″, and the Bad Brains “Pay To Cum” with sleeve, this is one of the rarest and most sought after punk records out there.  They’re becoming harder and harder to find too, because who knows what hands these copies ended up in at that skate park show!

Possibly the first “limited cover” of all time???  Mine is hand-numbered #73/100.  Damn, this thing is 30 years old, sold at the Endless Summer Skate Park Show 10/3/1981. I can’t imagine there are many of these things still in circulation and in decent condition…

The Skate Park sleeve has a different insert than was used on any other pressing. It also came with a first pressing piece of vinyl, which means there are only 900 copies of the first pressing with regular cover.

The back of the Skate Park insert had this sweet drawing, haha.  Coincidentally, a very similar drawing appears on the inside pocket cover on my 2nd pressing copy.  Looks like Tescoe Vee at Touch & Go or one of the guys in this band just loved to draw “nice tits”!  I also figured I’d include a close up of this early Touch & Go ad that came with my Skate Park sleeve.

Here’s the 1st pressing green labels with original Touch And Go and Dischord logos, showing that this was a split release. Talk about a union of two classics – what a combo!

The insert on the left was only used for the 1st pressing, while the one on the right was used for the 2nd and 3rd pressings.

DIS-5  Minor Threat – “In My Eyes” 7″

This photo shows all of my Minor Threat 7″s together in one photo! But right now, we’re just focusing on the 2nd row – Minor Threat’s second 7″, In My Eyes.  This picture shows two MT – IME test pressings, one on 2nd row far left, one on the far right.  Owning 2 of these is completely unrelated to the description in the Filler 7″ write-up regarding the MT – IME test that Jon and I thought I was going to own but never did.  I ended up owning 2 of these anyway, but via a different path.  I got the copy on the far left from a dude in Salt Lake City who was selling it because he had recently upgraded to another copy of the MT – IME test that was in slightly better condition. It’s not in awful condition or anything, he probably  just got a copy that had no marks at all, etc. So I bought it from him and I owned it for 3 or 4 years before I also got an opportunity to get a really nice clean copy, so I picked up the one on the right, with the intention of selling/trading the copy on the left.  That clean copy on the right is autographed by all 4 members of Minor Threat – Ian MacKaye, Jeff Nelson, Lyle Presslar, and Brian Baker.  I’m sure glad I did that, because I was able to include the test on the left as a crucial piece of a trade which brought a Chain Of Strength – True Til Death 7″ test pressing my way, so that came in pretty handy.

In My Eyes 7″ test pressing, autographed by all members of Minor Threat. This side has Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson.

In My Eyes 7″ test pressing, autographed by all members of Minor Threat.  This side has Brian Baker and Lyle Preslar.

This In My Eyes 7″ came in 3 pressings with only 3,000 copies of this 7″ ever pressed – 1,000 on red vinyl for the 1st pressing, 1,000 on black with yellow labels for the 2nd pressing, and 1,000 on black with blue labels for the 3rd pressing.  Of the 1,000 copies on red vinyl, 125 of them were sold early with a photo-copied cover, which had a small error on the back.  Gary Cousin had his named mis-spelled as Gary Cousins.  This is affectionately referred to as the “Cousins sleeve”, and is super hard to find.  In addition to the Cousins error, you can tell the difference between the two covers because the 125 copies are obviously low budget photo copies (top row, middle), whereas the other 875 are the “real”professionally printed covers (top row, far right).  I got my copy from Jon Gallagher in the UK at some point around 2007.

Close-up of the “Cousins” error on the back of the photo copied “Cousins sleeve”.  It should have read “Gary Cousin”.

Close-up of the front of the photo-copied “Cousins Sleeve”.

The same insert was used for all pressings of the In My Eyes 7″.

DIS-6  Youth Brigade – “Possible” 7″

Youth Brigade’s (from DC, not CA) one and only 7″ on Dischord is a super good record that most people don’t seem to really pay attention to! I actually throw this on fairly often.  This was a one time only pressing of 1,000 and that’s it.  I got a test pressing of this record on eBay from a Swedish dude a while back for a fairly reasonable price.  More proof that most people don’t seem to notice this 7″.  Each of the 1,000 copies of this record comes with a really cool insert that was hand-cut into the shape of a tombstone.  My copy actually also came with an insert that is un-cut, so it’s the full square page.  If you haven’t checked out this record, you really should give it more of a listen. It’s some great early hardcore punk.

My copy of the Youth Brigade 7″ has two copies of the insert – one is cut out in the shape of a tombstone, one is left un-cut.

DIS-7  V/A – “Flex Your Head” Compilation LP

Wanna know something cool that I’ve always noticed?  Dischord and Revelation both released 6 killer 7″ singles before ever releasing anything on LP format – and in both cases, #7 was an LP compilation seeking to showcase all the cool bands from their hometown scene.  I don’t think Revelation was just copying Dischord when they released “NYHC: The Way It Is” either. I think it just shows a cool natural progression of how a local scene rises up, a record label starts supporting what everyone is doing, and there’s almost a formula to the way it tends towork out.  Anyway, Dischord’s first 12″ release was the Flex Your Head compilation that featured all the bands from the first few singles, in addition to all sorts of other local D.C. area bands like Red C, Iron Cross, etc. This compilation fucking rules, plain and simple.  The first copy in the photo is obviously a test pressing. It comes with a photo-copied flier pasted on the dust sleeve that was also used on the back cover of the regular pressings.  The first couple pressings of this LP have funny cover art. I remember as a kid when I first saw the “violin cover” I was so confused, haha.  Turns out you could get a discount on printing costs if you used “stock photos” that the pressing plant had on file.  Talk about punk.  Using random cover art to keep costs down so they could sell these records for $5ppd (1st and 2nd pressing have $5.00ppd printed on the back cover)…  I don’t think you could get more punk than that.  So cool.  Jeff and Ian picked the “violin” cover art for the first pressing.  Finding a violin cover in decent shape is nearly impossible because it’s printed on this weird heavy stock that’s almost seems like a “knitted” material or something. It’s obviously not knitted, but I don’t know how else to explain it. Ever other centimeter or so, the stock is raised up more than the area next to it, so when it rubs up against other things (like other records in your collection), it develops ring wear and scuffs really easily. Other LP’s pressed on this heavy weird stock include the 1st pressing of the Faith/Void split LP, the first Scream LP, and the F.U.’s “My America” LP on X-Claim.  I’ve upgraded my violin cover probably 4 times over the years, so this is the best cover I’ve come across, though I’ve seen better copies sold by Jeff Nelson on eBay. I just never wanted to shell out the top dollar prices that Jeff’s auctions demand just for an upgraded copy of something I already own that’s in pretty decent condition.  In the photo you’ll also note the stapled multi-page booklet that comes with the 1st pressing violin covers. It’s just a bunch of 8.5×11″ pieces of paper stapled together, one for each band. It can be hard to find booklets that are still stapled and include all pages after 30 years, but mine is in great shape!  After a while, they did a 2nd pressing, and picked the “wheat field” art this time.  When they switched to the wheat field cover for the 2nd pressing, they also changed the insert. It’s now a HUGE glossy fold out poster insert.  I got my copy from Tru Pray a couple years ago, and it’s in great shape!  Sometime after the 2nd pressing, there was a UK release of this comp.  The cover was the classic “XXX” with bars underneath.  The back cover has 3.99ppd GBP printed on the back.  The later pressings of this record have that “blurry head” cover, and I’m not really sure what the details are about that cover art.  Someone flexing their head? haha.  I don’t know, I think it’s kind of ugly. The blurry head copies have a different insert than the wheat field covers, and are $8.00ppd on the back.  In 2008, Dischord re-mastered the record and pressed this for the first time on colored vinyl. They used that weird euro bright yellow vinyl.  In 2010, they re-pressed it again, but they brought the “XXX” cover to a U.S. based release for the first time, this time with an all red cover instead of black.  These came with red vinyl.  I kept meaning to buy one of these from Dischord, but never got around to it, so it’s not pictured here.

Flex Your Head first pressing test pressing with NRP labels (Nashville Record Pressing).  There is a photo-copied flier with the back-cover layout from the LP printed on it.  It was glued to the dust sleeve of the test pressing, but has since come un-glued.

1st pressing violin cover comes with a stapled booklet insert, one 8.5×11″ page for each band on the comp. Mine is still stapled and basically in perfect condition, which is very difficult to find. I flipped to the Minor Threat page of the booklet and snapped a close-up photo.

This is a HUGE fold-out poster that came with the 2nd press “Wheat” cover.  It’s seriously enormous.

The UK “XXX” version comes with a double-sided poster insert as well, but it is more long and skinny instead of a big square.

This insert came with the “Blurry Head” cover.  The photo makes it look the same as the 2nd press Wheat insert above, but it is much smaller than the huge poster insert that comes with the Wheat cover.

DIS-7.5  SSD – “The Kids Will Have Their Say” LP

SSD’s “The Kids Will Have Their Say” was another split “.5” release, this time between Dischord and Boston-based X-Claim Records. I guess you could say this is also Dischord’s first “full length” LP, since the Flex Your Head 12″ is a comp. I’ll cut and paste my write-up from the X-Claim post here:

X-Claim’s first release is a total classic, from the cover photo to the record. I can’t think of a cooler fucking album cover. This copy is in great condition, from the jacket to the vinyl to the insert. This album has been booted many times over the years, some easier to detect than the others. The top copy with white labels is an original with “X-Claim” detail on the labels. The bottom copy is an infamous bootleg, but no attempt was made to disguise it…

The real X-Claim release with white label is on the left, bootleg with silver labels on the right. You can see “eX-Claim” on the silver label art. Seems like a slap in the face to me. I won’t get into the alleged details, but this bootleg was “possibly” made and sold by a bunch of well known folks from NYC back when there was a healthy rivalry with the Boston dudes. Fun stuff.

DIS-8  The Faith / Void – “Split” LP

Dischord’s The Faith/Void split 12″ LP is one of their most popular releases, largely because Void has a wide appeal to all sorts of weirdos out there – punks, metalheads, thrashers, crazies, whatever! haha.  This was the hardest test pressing for me to find, and it was the last of the Dischord #1-11 tests that I finally got (I still never got #12). It comes with a hand glued flier on a blank white LP jacket. The first pressing of this LP comes on that same heavy stock as the violin covers of the Flex Your Head comp.  As expected, it scuffs really easily.  The Faith side especially gets really scuffed up because it’s mostly black.  You can see the first pressing has white labels with red ink.  Later they repressed the LP’s using more normal LP jackets that don’t scuff as easily, and the labels switched to blue.  The dark blue labels are 2nd pressing, and say “made in England”.  The light sky blue labels are 3rd pressing, and say “made in France”.  Both pressings have “made in France” on the back of the jacket. In 2009, Dischord re-mastered and re-pressed this LP after being out of press for many years. It came on colored vinyl for the first time, on purple vinyl.  They also returned to the original label art – white labels with red ink.

Close-up of the first pressing test pressing with the usual NRP labels that most Dischord LP test pressings have. Jacket has an original ad/flier for this release glued to a blank white LP jacket.

Here’s a close-up of the first pressing.  Good luck finding a copy that doesn’t have all of that jacket wear. As mentioned above, it’s pressed on a weird stock that always has this problem.  The original record labels are white with red ink.  Labels changed completely on later pressings.

The original inserts that came with the first pressing.  Separate inserts for each band, with original drawings.

The insert on the left came with the various blue label pressings over the years.  It has been combined into just one insert, with the photos/drawings for both bands on one side, then the lyrics for both bands on the other.  The insert on the right came with the most recent purple pressing of the LP.  It has been switched so that all photos, drawings, and lyrics for one band are represented on one side, with everything for the other band on the other side.

DIS-8.5  Iron Cross – “Skinhead Glory” 7″

Yet another split “.5” release.  Dischord and Skinflint co-released the Iron Cross “Skinhead Glory” 7″.  1st pressing copies have red lettering on the cover, blue labels, and black vinyl, out of 1,000 copies.  A 2nd pressing was done on green vinyl with pink labels, but the cover is just black and white. There are only 200-300 of these. It can be almost impossible to find copies of any pressing in good of a condition, because the 7″ cover is one of those over-sized 7″ covers that were used on a lot of old punk 7″s. The over-sized sleeves usually get all ripped and bent on the edges because they are bigger than the plastic 7″ sleeves and the sides get bent up when they get jammed in the plastic sleeve.

Both pressings have the same insert.

DIS-9  Scream – “Still Screaming” LP

There have been a billion represses of the Scream LP over the years, but they all have yellow labels. For whatever reason, it took me forever to get a 1st pressing copy with the brown labels.  It was actually one of the last Dischord rarities I needed for my Dischord #1-12 collection, despite it not even being that rare!  I think it’s just because you see so many copies around in used record bins with yellow labels, that it starts to feel like you’ll never find one with brown labels.  This is another one of those LP jackets with that crappy heavy stock that usually shows tons of wear marks, but I lucked out and found a copy that’s in pretty good condition.  In the top of the photo, you can see an original test pressing.  The other copies with yellow labels are pretty much the same, but the 2nd press has “Made in the UK” on the back cover, whereas the 3rd pressing has “Made in France”.  In 2009, Dischord pressed this album on colored vinyl for the first time – the white vinyl that you see here. Notice that they’ve returned to the brown labels.

The first pressing with brown labels did not have a “Made In…” on the back cover.  Over the years there were many yellow label pressings made. They are all almost identical, except for the earlier pressings had “Made In UK”, later pressings had “Made In France”.

The insert at the top insert was used for all pressings over the years, from first pressing brown labels all the way through the various yellow label pressings.  The very recent pressing in 2009 on white vinyl had the condensed lyric sheet on the bottom.

Attached to the back of my original first pressing flier is an advertisement for the upcoming Minor Threat “Out Of Step” LP – “out by March”.

DIS-10  Minor Threat – “Out Of Step” LP

First and foremost, all of the Out Of Step LP’s laid out together…

The first press of the Minor Threat “Out Of Step” LP did not have the colored stripe on the front cover, it had the “sheep” label art, and the back cover was 100% black with nothing on it.  This was due to an error in the setup of the art files. It was supposed to be a grey background with photos of each band member, but something in the way they set up the art or instructions for the offset printing yielded a solid black back cover. Whoops.  I’ve always heard that there’s 3,500 copies of the 1st pressing with solid black back cover.  I found this copy above in near mint condition on eBay for a reasonable price, so I picked it up.

I actually have 2 copies of the first pressing with all black cover. One is autographed “B.B” (Brian Baker) on the middle of the front jacket.  I kind of liked having the autograph, but I also don’t like it because of how it’s written right on the middle of the front cover. That’s why I have another copy that is very clean in near mint condition.

In the upper left hand corner of the main “Out Of Step” photo you may have noticed the first press test pressing. The dust sleeve is autographed by Brian Baker – “Still out of step 2003”. Pretty cool!  The labels are pretty beat up.  This copy was sent to the WDIM radio station as a promo copy, and it got the song titles, band name, and record speed written on the NRP (Nashville Record Pressing) labels. I actually currently own 2 test pressings of the first pressing, both shown above.  I got a chance to upgrade to a copy with perfectly clean labels, so I went ahead and picked it up. I just haven’t gotten around to finding a home for my old copy yet.

This is the b-side label of the 1st press hand-written test pressing. The brown marks are remnants of glue, where “sheep labels” were originally glued-on by the Dischord guys. The labels were long gone by the time I owned this record, so I never saw them. But they are the exact same sheep labels that you see on the 1st pressing copies.

The photos above compare the 1st and 2nd pressing of Out Of Step, both front and back. With the 2nd pressing, they corrected the back cover art.  It’s now got the grey cover with photos of each band member, which they were trying for in the first place.   There’s 5,000 copies of the 2nd pressing.  They also changed the label art, which is a total bummer!  The first pressing had the cool sheep labels, but the 2nd pressing onwards has these basic yellow labels.  The matrix etching has also changed. Here’s 1st vs. 2nd pressing matrix etchings:
1st: A=”NR-14410-A THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER” B=”NR-14410-B 350 P.P. – CASHING IN?”
2nd: A=”NR-14410-1RE1 THE SOAP THAT NEVER ENDS” B=”NR-14410-2RE1 $3:50 P.P. – CASHING IN”)

Notice the 2nd pressing has “RE1” next to the catalog ID, which is very common for denoting re-mastering jobs (see my Negative Approach test pressing for a related story).  Also note the “$3.50 postage paid, cashing in?” written in the matrix… Wow, looks like even back then, long before messageboards, hardcore bands were getting shit for “selling out” when they saw a little bit of success.  I love that MT talked shit right back with this smart ass little matrix etching.  $3.50 including postage for an LP, are you fucking kidding me? So cheap!

Here’s a cool little advertisement for the 2nd pressing, noting that “the cover’s fixed!”  In the top left there’s a little apology for those that have been waiting for their order. This is probably due to the fact that they blew through the 3,500 1st pressing copies faster than they expected, and then the 2nd pressing took some time because they were fixing the back cover art and changing up the labels, etc.  The part at the bottom is pretty cool too – “We’ve started keeping books and paying taxes. So we’re broke, but we’re legal!!!” hahaha, the story of life when running a punk label – to be “legit” or not, that is the question.

This photo shows some real crown jewels of my collection: the 2nd pressing test pressing of “Out Of Step” with silk-screened “sheep cover”.  At one point I owned 3 copies of the 2nd pressing test pressing with the silk-screened sheep cover!!!  This is one of the most sought after punk records of all time.  Only the 2nd pressing tests got silk screened sheep covers, and I’ve heard that there’s 25 or 50 of these, not sure if either figure is true.  To confirm it’s 2nd press, you can also check the matrix etching and see “the soap that never ends” instead of “the grass is always greener”.  Notice that the 2nd pressing tests do not have the usual NRP (Nashville Record Pressing) labels.  Instead they have blank white labels with “NR-14410” written on the labels.   The thing that is neat about the silk screened cover (other than looking super sweet!) is that it was made using the first screen they ever made to print this same design on t-shirts.  I’m sure you’ve seen this t-shirt design, as it’s been mass produced thousands of times over the years. But it’s cool to think that they very first incarnation of this screen is what was used to make this particular cover.  I’m not totally sure why this was the only time Dischord made special covers for the tests (maybe it’s just because they already had a screen handy!), but I’m sure glad they did. It makes it even cooler that this is the only release that ever got a test pressing cover.  I actually only own 2 of these now, as I used one as a crucial piece in a trade that brought me some final Revelation and Dischord rarities that I needed to finish these collections.  So I have 2 copies of the 1st pressing test, as well as 2 copies of the 2nd pressing test with the silk screened sheep cover.

Here are the two copies I owned at the time of writing this… The 3rd one was used in a trade mentioned above.

I wanted to show that the back cover of the silk-screened sheep covers also has the song listing printed out and glued on the back.  I had the advantage of owning two sheep covers, so I could display the front and back in the same photo!

Just for fun, I included a photo of two 1st pressing tests and two 2nd pressing tests together in one photo. Vinyl only here, no covers.

From the 3rd pressing onwards, they changed a bunch of things.  The record was now pressed and managed by Southern distribution (can you imagine how hard to manage this would have been for Dischord alone if they had already blown through 8,500 copies?), the mastering changed from 45rpm to 33rpm, and the back cover art was changed to a basic black cover with a white square that listed the song titles.  Most noticebly, the colored stripe appeared at the top of the front cover, with a postage paid price listed. I think this was a further attempt to combat the mark-ups at record stores and advertise the fact that you could mail order this thing direct for super cheap.  Essentially printing a super cheap price tag INTO the artwork of your own release so kids shouldn’t/wouldn’t get gouged… Again, could anything be more punk than that?  I think it is so cool that they were so aggressive about maintaining their punk standards.  This is one of the things that makes Minor Threat and Dischord so special to all of us today. The 3rd pressing started out with a dark royal blue stripe and a $3.50ppd price. During the same time period, the record was released in the UK with a red stripe and 2.50 GBP price, and Germany with a green stripe and 12 DM price.  This band was huge, one of the first truly global hardcore punk bands.  Later they changed the stripe to a turquoise stripe for all regions, keeping it at $3.50ppd.  Later it was updated to $5.00ppd, then again to $7.00ppd.  There are actually some $8.00ppd copies out there, but I’ve never seen one!  This collector in Japan, Dobek, told me about them.  He asked Jeff Nelson about it, and at first even Jeff Nelson said they didn’t exist!! But sure enough, they exist and have been sold a couple of times on eBay (with photos!).  We’re guessing that right before they changed the cover permanently to remove the stripe, they must have done one small run of $8.00ppd. They are pretty tough to find, but I’d like to get one!

The last stripe copy that I bought from Dischord was in 2007 when they did 2,000 copies on white vinyl – the first colored vinyl pressing of this LP ever.  It had a $7.00ppd price.

Just recently, they removed the stripe and price from the artwork, reverting to the “original artwork”, albeit some new “shading”.  The copy on the left is the original first pressing artwork, the copy on the right is the latest Dischord pressing.  It’s as if they did a water color of the original cover or something.  They probably got sick of having to update the price all the time for inflation and postage increases.  I’m amazed they stuck with the stripe+price for even this long – almost 30 years!! This will also be more cost effective for them, because they could run of hundreds of thousands of these jackets at once if they wanted to, without being tied to a particular price tag on the album itself.

The bottom of this photo shows the back cover of the most recent pressing (the ones with the “watercolor” original cover). They went back to the grey back cover with the band photos, which originally appearead on the 2nd pressing.  The copy at the top of the photo shows the back cover of all the various “striped” pressings over the years, starting with the 3rd pressing $3.50ppd and continuing up through the $8.00ppd.

This cool poster came with the most recent re-mastered copies with the original “watercolor” looking cover.

Comparing the inserts used over the years… All are very similar.  The small insert at the bottom was used in the 1st pressing only.  The 2nd pressing had the insert on the left, printed on thin paper.  The 3rd+ striped pressings had the same insert, but printed on glossy paper (shown in the middle in the photo above).  The most recent press with original “water colored” cover has the insert on the right, which features a few small changes to the insert, like the border removed around the lyrics.

Before I end the Out Of Step write-up, I wanted to make one last comment about the sheer number of copies that must have been pressed of this LP. If they blew through 3,500 1st pressing and 5,000 2nd pressing within 1983/1984 timeframe, I can’t even imagine how many they’ve gone through in the last 30 or so years.  Granted, vinyl fell off a bit (and then recently made a come back), but still… It would be interesting to know just how many they’ve done.  I’d also like to illustrate what selling this many records (without limited colored pressings, by the way!) means about their popularity and what Minor Threat has meant to punk rock as a whole.  We in the modern U.S. hardcore scene think Youth Of Today or Gorilla Biscuits are huge, classic bands. But the Revelation pressings of their LPs must pale in comparison to the Minor Threat LP’s that have been sold.  I once heard that Minor Threat and Gorilla Biscuits were one of the few punk bands that had gone “gold” with 500,000 copies sold (obviously most of these are in CD format). I don’t know how true any of that is, but my guess is the Minor Threat sales eclipses the GB sales by hundreds of thousands of copies.

DIS-10.5  Double-O – “s/t” 7″

I don’t know a lot about the Double-O 7″, but it was another “.5” Dischord split release with another label. There were only 2,000 copies pressed. Also pictured is a test pressing of this release, featuring the little Double-O logo hand-drawn on the dust sleeve.

DIS-10 3/4  Government Issue – “Boycott Stabb” LP

Here we have yet another Dischord split release that came out before the official Dischord #11 (Faith LP) ever came out. So since Dischord #10.5 was already taken by the Double-O 7″, this one gets the dubious title of Dischord #10 3/4. The numbering gets even more ridiculous with the next release, so stay tuned, haha.  This is the Government Issue “Boycott Stabb” LP.  John Stabb was the singer of Government Issue, thus the title is some kind of tongue-in-cheek reference to boycotting himself.  My roommate, Aaron Menesez, was just sitting here reading this, and mentioned that the cover art was actually drawn by an ex-girlfriend that was all bent out of shape.  haha, hilarious.  I don’t know how true any of that is, but if it is, that is perfect.  The first press was 45rpm, has the cover art printed smaller on the front, and came in a real heavy cardstock jacket. These are definitely the hardest to find, among the thousands of copies of the later pressings.  The first LP in the photo is a test pressing of the 45rpm first pressing, with an original first pressing copy directly underneath it.  It was repressed on 33rpm vinyl (and cover art enlarged) several times over the years, with the help of Dutch East India distribution (and several other distributors over the years, I’m sure).  When the 2nd press of 500 on 33rpm was originally done, the covers and label art were accidentally printed “inverse” so the jacket and labels were white with the photo contrast “backwards”.  100 of the white covers got sold, and the rest were trashed.  Jackets were re-printed correctly, and the remaining 400 copies with inversed label art were still sold.  The photo shows both of these variations.  I didn’t bother collecting a regular 33rpm pressing with normal label art – there are literally thousands out there.  There’s also been some represses on colored vinyl on pink and/or red vinyl, I think. Again, I just didn’t spend much more time on this release.

Close-up showing the correct labels vs. inversed labels.

Photo of the insert.

DIS-10 7/8  United Mutation – “Fugitive Family” 7″

Ok, so Dischord #10 7/8 – c’mon guys. You’re running out of room here before you get to #11.  What would they have done if they needed to press another record – Dischord #10 15/16th’s? haha.  I don’t know a ton about this United Mutation 7″, but I think this thing is totally cool. It’s a fucking weird ass record, with all sorts of strange sounds and shit, haha. The cover, artwork, and logo is kinda funny too. All around, weird deal, but cool to check out.  Only 1,000 copies ever pressed.

DIS-11  Faith – “Subject To Change” LP

The Faith LP is awesome, I’ve always really liked this record.  What you see here is a test pressing of the first pressing.  Next up is the first pressing blue vinyl out of 3,500. That’s a lot for a first pressing run of color vinyl, so Dischord must have known this record was going to go quickly with the past success of the Out Of Step LP, Faith/Void split, and Flex Your Head comp. The first pressing copies have a $4.00 price on the back cover and have a Masterdisk etching in the matrix. The 2nd press on black vinyl and 3rd press on pink vinyl both also have the $4.00 price and Masterdisk matrix etching.  I think the 4th press would have been a black vinyl copy, with $4.00 jacket, but NO masterdisk etching in the vinyl. I never got one because it’s a matter of checking the matrix on every $4.00 copy you find, so it can be hard to finally run into one.  5th press was black vinyl with $5.00 price and NO masterdisk etching. 6th pressing was red vinyl, $5.00 price, no masterdisk etching.

Here’s the A-side Diskmakers labels on the Faith test pressing.

The B-side labels of the Faith test pressing.

There are also a few copies on clear vinyl that exist out there – probably only 10 or less copies.  Don’t believe these exist? I know I finally started to doubt it after hearing about them but NEVER seeing a copy. So I emailed Jeff Nelson, and he emailed me a photo! Here it is!  (No, I’ve never owned one – it’s one of the only Dischord rarities I’ve never owned).  The clear vinyl probably happened because they sometimes run clear vinyl through the machines to clean out the remnants when switching vinyl colors.  Sometimes a few clear copies accidentally get pressed as they stamp records while the clear is running through cleaning out the bright colors.  I’ve never seen another copy other than this photo – maybe some of you out there have seen others.

I actually purchased the metal plates that were used to press the Faith LP at one point, but when the package arrived, the test pressing that also came with the plates had been broken in the mail! 😦  The test would have been my 2nd copy, so I didn’t mind much.  I would have liked to keep the metal plates, but I obviously expected a discount from the seller since the test pressing had been part of the total sale price.  He and I were not able to come up with a reasonable agreement, as he felt the sale price had been driven nearly 95% by the metal plates, so I finally just sent the entire package back to him.  Not sure if he re-sold the plates separately or what.  I included a photo of the broken test next to the metal plating below.

Close-up showing the postage paid pricing on the back covers changing from $4.00 to $5.00.

The first pressing had the large fold out insert on the left. Later pressings have the smaller insert on the right. 

DIS-12  Minor Threat – “s/t” LP

I sometimes accidentally call this the Minor Threat “Discography” LP just because I’ve gotten so used to the classic Filler 7″ album photo on the Discography CD.  But this is really just the 7″‘s on a 12″ format.  This is the only Dischord #1-12 release of which I never owned a test pressing (other than the “.5” releases – I don’t have tests of those).  Jeff Nelson told me these would be hard to find since they were already pressing everything through Southern Distribution by the time this record came out, and they were a much bigger type operation, so who knows what goes on with test pressings, etc.

The first pressings had red jackets, with metallic silver ink on the back and a $4.00 price. It looks like there was actually a second pressing of red jackets with grey ink (non-metallic) on the back. I actually don’t own one of each, but I’ve seen them and there’s definitely a difference.

Similar to the Out Of Step LP, they also did a UK and German release during the first pressing. The UK release has a dark blue cover with a 2.50 GBP price.  The German pressing has a grey jacket with a 12 DM price.  I think the German grey jacket looks so cool with the dejected vibe of the photo and also the fact they they’ve never used this color on the discography CD or the original 7″s.  Eventually they switched to light blue covers for all territories, but the price stayed $4.00ppd.  Over time they switched the price to $5.00ppd on the light blue jackets, and the font got bigger. You can see a pretty big difference in the shades of the blue covers. I’ll bet there’s several different shades of blue if you got tons of different pressings and compared. Next they switched to green jackets, but they still had $5.00ppd on the back.  They stuck with green covers, but increased to $7.00ppd. In 2009 they finally did away with the postage paid pricing on the back, and switched to yellow jackets with re-mastered vinyl.  I imagine they’ll stick with this for a long time since they won’t have to reprint jackets when postage prices keep rising all the time.

In 2009 they pressed 2,000 on green vinyl, with green cover, with $7.00ppd price – the first pressing ever on colored vinyl.

Dischord collection continued…

I only set out to “complete” Dischord #1-12, partially because I felt like #12 Minor Threat 7″s on 12″ format was sort of the end of an era.  After that release you could see that the growth of the individuals at Dischord, as well as the D.C. scene around them, really changed the sound and aesthetic of the post-#12 releases.  As I’ve said many times in the write-ups above – this isn’t a bad thing!  It’s awesome that Dischord was able to continue to grow and be true to themselves.  But the “collectibility” of the releases isn’t really significant after #12, largely because Dischord was a much larger label, doing thousands and thousands of identical copies.  Which is great!!  There just isn’t a lot to collect or document for the releases.  That’s probably for the best – more focus on the music, lyrics, layouts, and less focus on bogus record collecting stuff.  This collecting stuff can often prop up the sales of a release that doesn’t really have much musical merit to stand its own. Or worse yet, it can cloud and confuse the message of a real top notch release because of a bunch of distracting talk of colored vinyl and limited versions of a stellar release.  I started to feel more strongly about this line of thinking at the very end of Rivalry, and that’s why Mark Palm (vocalist, Go It Alone and Devotion) and I only did 1,000 copies of the Devotion LP on black vinyl, with no other variation whatsoever.  Had I continued releasing more records after that, I probably would have kept any limited version to an absolute minimum, maybe none at all.  If you dig the record, pick it up, if not, fuck it – ya know?  Anyway, below are photos of a couple later Dischord releases that I own, but I didn’t seek to necessarily complete them.

DIS-13  Marginal Man – “Identity” LP,   DIS-14  “Four Old 7″s on a 12″” LP

This pic just shows a first pressing of the Marginal Man record and the ‘four 7″‘s on a 12″‘ LP which features the first four non-Minor Threat singles. These are Dischord #13 and #14, and bridge the gap between the Minor Threat 12″ (Dischord #12) and the Minor Threat “Salad Days” 7″ (Dischord #15). I stopped collecting each and every Dischord pressing at Dischord #12, but I still went ahead and tried to pick up first pressings of Dischord stuff on vinyl that I enjoyed listening to.

DIS-15  Minor Threat – “Salad Days” 7″

The first copy is yet another Minor Threat test pressing, this time the Salad Days 7″.  I’ve always really loved the photo on the cover of this 7″ – so timeless. I also like the big fold out lyric sheet with photos.

There have been a ton of pressings of the regular black vinyl over the years, but I’m pretty sure the first pressing copies come with a jacket that says Made In France and has no website on the back. The later pressings have “Made in USA” and “www.Dischord.com” printed on the back of the jacket.

DIS-16  Rites Of Spring – “s/t” LP,   DIS-22 “All Through A Life” 7″

I remember when I first moved to San Luis Obispo, CA for college in 1998, I met Nik Koets on the Cal Poly campus. He was wearing a straightedge windbreaker, so I had to say what’s up. Things were different back then, at least in California, at least in smaller towns. You would always go up and introduce yourself to a fellow hardcore kid.  Anyway, Nik and I became close friends (and eventually did a band together called The Damage Done), and he introduced me to Rites Of Spring. He loved this band, and so do I!  This LP is so fucking good!  I’m happy the “Revolution Summer” happened in Dischord, even if it did mean the end of an era. It ended up delivering Rites Of Spring and Embrace!  This copy is a first pressing with $5.00ppd on the back. I always searched for these things at record stores because I really wanted to own an original first pressing. I picked this up for $15 when 1-2-3-4 GO opened in Oakland, CA a few years ago. It’s awesome to have a legit local record store again!

DIS-19  Dag Nasty – “Can I Say” LP

For some reason I have never owned an original first pressing of the Dag Nasty “Can I Say” LP!  Which is retarded, because this record is fucking classic.  I need to go get one!  I didn’t have much to photograph here, because all I really have is a recent re-mastering/re-pressing that Dischord did in 2009, which changed the album cover art from purple to green.  I like the purple better.  I need to get one! haha.

DIS-24  Embrace – “s/t” LP

The one and only Embrace LP is a must listen type of record.  Almost every type of hardcore punk kid could like this album.  As I’ve said a couple different ways in this whole Dischord page, I think it’s so neat the way the Dischord guys were able to evolve and stay true to themselves. They did everything authentically, and were able to share what was in their minds and hearts, regardless of what it sounded like.  And they’re still doing it 30+ years later!  That is amazing, because anyone else that has ever tried this sort of thing has always fallen flat on their face.  I feel like the Embrace LP was very much part of the beginning of all of that, as they moved a little bit away from the speed and intensity of straight up hardcore punk.  Since then they’ve further and further from it, but I think Embrace was kind of the seed for enabling all that further growth.  I own a first pressing copy with $5.00ppd on the back, as well as a red vinyl copy that they pressed in 2009. That year they re-mastered and re-pressed a bunch of Dischord stuff on colored vinyl for the first time ever.

DIS-43 Fugazi – “3 Songs” 7″Here’s a test pressing of the Fugazi “3 Songs” 7″.

DIS-140  Minor Threat – “First Demo Tape” 7″

It’s awesome that after 25 years they used a similar photo on the Minor Threat “First Demo Tape” 7″ as they did on the Salad Days 7″.  But this time, Susie the Dischord dog makes an appearance in the “Demos” photo!  I think the very first pressing was purple vinyl, then they switched to represses on black vinyl.

The insert has a bunch of funny photos of the young Minor Threat guys dressing up… Maybe it was Halloween, maybe it was a regular day and they were just being weirdos, haha.  The photo above shows one side of the insert, with Ian in a wig and huge fake ears.  The other side of the insert shown below.

The back of the insert shows a young Henry Garfield (Rollins) in a skirt and Minnie Mouse ears, haha!   Long before he sang in Black Flag, Henry was a little Georgetown punk!

My Dischord collection, at its peak. “MISSING:” means I didn’t have it:

  • DISCHORD RECORDS
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  • DIS-001 Teen Idles – Minor Disturbance (TEST PRESS, Dischord #1)
  • DIS-001 Teen Idles – Minor Disturbance (1st press, glossy cover, NM/NM condition, out of 1000, Dischord #1)
  • DIS-001 Teen Idles – Minor Disturbance (2nd press, non-glossy cover, bars on Henry’s hands, out of 1000, Dischord #1)
  • DIS-002 S.O.A. – No Policy EP (TEST PRESS, Dischord #2, MINT CONDITION)
  • DIS-002 S.O.A. – No Policy EP (GREEN, 1st press, out of 1000, MINT CONDITION w/insert)
  • DIS-002 S.O.A. – No Policy EP (BLACK, 2nd press, out of 1000, no band name on labels + hand drawn bars on Henry’s arm)
  • DIS-002 S.O.A. – No Policy EP (BLACK, 3rd press, out of 1000, band name on labels + hand drawn bars on Henry’s arm)
  • DIS-003 Minor Threat – Filler (TEST PRESS, Dischord #3)
  • DIS-003 Minor Threat – Filler (BLACK, 1st press, RED sleeve, YELLOW labels, both inserts, DEAD MINT CONDITION)
  • DIS-003 Minor Threat – Filler (BLACK, 1st press, RED sleeve in NM condition, but 7″ is 2nd press BLUE labels – came straight from Dischord like this)
  • DIS-003 Minor Threat – Filler (BLACK, 2nd press, YELLOW sleeve, BLUE labels, EX/EX condition)
  • DIS-003 Minor Threat – Filler (BLACK, 3rd press, GREEN sleeve, SILVER labels, EX/EX condition)
  • DIS-003 Minor Threat – Filler (BLACK, 4th press, BLUE sleeve, SILVER labels, NM/NM condition)
  • DIS-004 Government Issue – Legless Bull EP (TEST PRESS, Dischord #4)
  • DIS-004 Government Issue – Legless Bull EP (BLACK, out of 1000, this copy has 2 covers. One has Y&T Records address on back (1st cover), one has Dischord/Beecher St. address (3rd cover). There is a 2nd cover that has the Y&T address with a sticker applied over it with hand-written Dischord/Beecher address – I need that one).
  • MISSING: Y&T address on back cover with sticker applied over address and hand-written Dischord Beecher St. address
  • DIS-004.5 Necros – s/t AKA I.Q. 32 (BLACK, GREEN LABELS, 1st press, SKATE PARK SLEEVE, #73/100, VG/EX condition, regular-sized one-sided insert + T&G ad, insert has hand written drawing and “NICE TITS”)
  • DIS-004.5 Necros – s/t AKA I.Q. 32 (BLACK, GREEN LABELS, 1st press, out of 900, EX/EX condition, legal-sized one-sided insert)
  • DIS-004.5 Necros – s/t AKA I.Q. 32 (BLACK, TAN LABELS, 2nd press, out of 1000, EX/EX condition, inside folder cover was hand drawn before it was glued with boobs drawing + “TITS”, legal-sized double-sided insert)
  • DIS-004.5 Necros – s/t AKA I.Q. 32 (BLACK, WHITE LABELS, 3rd press, out of 1000, NM/NM condition, legal-sized double-sided insert)
  • DIS-005 Minor Threat – In My Eyes (TEST PRESS, hand written dust sleeve, Dischord #5)
  • DIS-005 Minor Threat – In My Eyes (RED, COUSINS SLEEVE, 1st press yellow labels, out of 125 -no insert)
  • DIS-005 Minor Threat – In My Eyes (RED, COUSIN SLEEVE, 1st press yellow labels, out of 875)
  • DIS-005 Minor Threat – In My Eyes (BLACK, 2nd press yellow labels, out of 1000 -no insert)
  • DIS-005 Minor Threat – In My Eyes (BLACK, 3rd press blue labels, out of 1000)
  • DIS-006 Youth Brigade – Possible EP (TEST PRESS, Dischord #6)
  • DIS-006 Youth Brigade – Possible EP (BLACK, out of 1000, Dischord #6)
  • DIS-007 V/A – Flex Your Head (TEST PRESS, photocopy of back LP cover glued to dust sleeve, Dischord Records #7)
  • DIS-007 V/A – Flex Your Head (BLACK, 1st press, Violion Cover, $5.00ppd price, EX/EX condition with fully stapled booklet)
  • DIS-007 V/A – Flex Your Head (BLACK, 2nd press, Wheatfield Cover, $5.00ppd price, NM/NM condition with huge poster insert)
  • DIS-007 V/A – Flex Your Head (BLACK, 3rd press, XXX Cover, 3.99 GBP price, UK pressing, out of 2000, MINT/MINT condition!)
  • DIS-007 V/A – Flex Your Head (BLACK, 4th press, Blurry Head cover, $8.00ppd price)
  • DIS-007 V/A – Flex Your Head (YELLOW, 2008 press, Blurry Head cover, $8.00ppd price)
  • DIS-007.5 SS Decontrol (SSD) – The Kids Will Have Their Say (original X-Claim #1 Dischord #7.5)
  • DIS-008 Faith / Void – Split (TEST PRESS, Dischord #8)
  • DIS-008 Faith / Void – Split (BLACK, WHITE RED labels, 1st press, heavy cover, 2 separate paper inserts)
  • DIS-008 Faith / Void – Split (BLACK, DARK  BLUE labels,2nd press, made in England on labels, made in France on jacket)
  • DIS-008 Faith / Void – Split (BLACK, LIGHT BLUE labels,3rd press, made in France on labels, made in France on jacket)
  • DIS-008 Faith / Void – Split (PURPLE, 2009 pressing)
  • DIS-008.5 Iron Cross – Skinhead Glory (BLACK, 1st press, RED lettering on cover, out of 1000, NM/NM condition, Dischord #8.5)
  • DIS-008.5 Iron Cross – Skinhead Glory (GREEN, 2nd press, out of 200-300, EX/NM condition, Dischord #8.5)
  • DIS-009 Scream – Still Screaming (TEST PRESS, Dischord #9)
  • DIS-009 Scream – Still Screaming (BLACK, 1st press, BROWN labels)
  • DIS-009 Scream – Still Screaming (BLACK, 2nd press, YELLOW labels, “Made In UK” on back cover)
  • DIS-009 Scream – Still Screaming (BLACK, 3rd press, YELLOW labels, “Made In France” on back cover)
  • DIS-009 Scream – Still Screaming (WHITE, 2009 pressing, YELLOW labels)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (TEST PRESS, 1st press, 45rpm, matrix A=”NR-14410-A THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER” B=”NR-14410-B 350 P.P. – CASHING IN?”, autographed “Still out of step – Brian Baker 2003”, it is missing the glued on sheep labels unfortunately)  — I own 2 of these
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (TEST PRESS, 2nd press, Silk Screened Sheep Cover, 45rpm, matrix A=”NR-14410-1RE1 THE SOAP THAT NEVER ENDS” B=”NR-14410-2RE1 $3:50 P.P. – CASHING IN”)    — I own 3 of these
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (BLACK, BLACK back cover, 1st press, NM/NM condition, out of 3500)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (BLACK, BLACK back cover, 1st press, autographed by Brian Baker on front cover, out of 3500)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (BLACK, GREY back cover, 2nd press, out of 5000)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (BLACK, DARK BLUE stripe, $3.50 price)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (BLACK, RED stripe, UK pressing, 2.50 GBP price)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (BLACK, GREEN stripe, German pressing, 12 DM price)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (BLACK, LIGHT BLUE stripe, $3.50 price)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (BLACK, LIGHT BLUE stripe, $5.00 price)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (BLACK, LIGHT BLUE stripe, $7.00 price)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (WHITE, LIGHT BLUE stripe, $7.00 price, 2007 pressing)
  • DIS-010 Minor Threat – Out Of Step (BLACK, re-worked cover art no stripe, 2009 pressing)
  • DIS-010 1/2 Double-O – s/t (TEST PRESS, Dischord #10 1/2)
  • DIS-010 1/2 Double-O – s/t (BLACK, out of 2000, Dischord #10 1/2)
  • DIS-010 3/4 Government Issue – Boycott Stabb (TEST PRESS, 1st press, 45rpm, Dischord #10 3/4)
  • DIS-010 3/4 Government Issue – Boycott Stabb (BLACK, 1st press, 45rpm small picture on heavy cover, MINT CONDITION – opened shrink wrap myself)
  • DIS-010 3/4 Government Issue – Boycott Stabb (BLACK, 2nd press, 33rpm, inversed WHITE labels, inversed WHITE cover, out of 100)
  • DIS-010 3/4 Government Issue – Boycott Stabb (BLACK, 2nd press, 33rpm, inversed WHITE labels, regular cover, out of 400)
  • DIS-010 7/8 United Mutation – Fugitive Family (BLACK, out of 1000)
  • DIS-011 Faith – Subject To Change (TEST PRESS, Dischord #11)
  • DIS-011 Faith – Subject To Change (BLUE, 1st press, original insert, $4.00 price, Masterdisk in matrix etching)
  • DIS-011 Faith – Subject To Change (BLACK, 2nd press, different insert, $4.00 price, Masterdisk in matrix etching)
  • DIS-011 Faith – Subject To Change (PINK, 3rd press, different insert, $4.00 price, Masterdisk in matrix etching)
  • DIS-011 Faith – Subject To Change (BLACK, 5th press, $5.00 price, no Masterdisk in matrix etching -no insert)
  • DIS-011 Faith – Subject To Change (RED, 6th press, $5.00 price, no Masterdisk in matrix etching)
  • MISSING:  Faith LP on CLEAR vinyl, less than 10 exist
  • DIS-012 Minor Threat – s/t (BLACK, DARK BLUE cover, UK pressing, 2.50 GBP price)
  • DIS-012 Minor Threat – s/t (BLACK, GREY cover, German pressing, 12 DM price)
  • DIS-012 Minor Threat – s/t (BLACK, RED cover, $4.00 price)
  • DIS-012 Minor Threat – s/t (BLACK, BLUE cover, $4.00 price)
  • DIS-012 Minor Threat – s/t (BLACK, LIGHTER BLUE cover, $5.00 price)
  • DIS-012 Minor Threat – s/t (BLACK, GREEN cover, $5.00 price)
  • DIS-012 Minor Threat – s/t (GREEN, GREEN cover, $7.00 price, 2007 pressing)
  • DIS-012 Minor Threat – s/t (BLACK, YELLOW cover, no price, 2009 pressing)
  • ————————-END COMPLETE COLLECTION————————–
  • DIS-013 Marginal Man – Identity (BLACK, $4ppd cover, BLUE lettering insert, Dischord #13)
  • DIS-014 V/A – Dischord Four Old 7″s on a 12″ (BLACK, 1st press, $5.00ppd)
  • DIS-015 Minor Threat – Salad Days (TEST PRESS, Dischord #15)
  • DIS-015 Minor Threat – Salad Days (BLACK, Made in France, no website)
  • DIS-015 Minor Threat – Salad Days (BLACK, Made in USA, http://www.Dischord.com, re-mastered 2009 pressing)
  • DIS-016 Rites Of Spring – s/t (BLACK, 1st press, $5ppd Made In U.K. on back)
  • DIS-019 Dag Nasty – Can I Say (BLACK, GREEN cover, re-mastered 2009 pressing)
  • DIS-022 Rites Of Spring – All Through A Life (BLACK, 1st press, $2.50ppd price, Dischord #22)
  • DIS-024 Embrace – s/t (BLACK, 1st press, $5.00ppd)
  • DIS-024 Embrace – s/t (RED, 2009 pressing)
  • DIS-043 Fugazi – 3 Songs (TEST PRESS)
  • DIS-140 Minor Threat – First Demo Tape (PURPLE)
  • DIS-140 Minor Threat – First Demo Tape (BLACK, re-mastered 2009 pressing)
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23 Responses to Dischord Records

  1. outofstepsince81 says:

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  3. B.E. says:

    No Dag Nasty?

  4. G.N. says:

    Are you considering selling any of these?

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  6. Danny S. says:

    Couple of observations/info to help you;
    – Beecher st is Ian’s parents house. Actual dischord house is over the potomac river in virginia.
    – Henry Rollins went to my High School
    – I used to frequent Yesterday & Today Records. It was in Rockville, MD (15 mins outside DC) in this tiny strip mall across from a best buy. I got my license in 96, and starting going there (and the tower records) almost every weekend. Skip Groff was always there, and still had a lot of rare dischord in stock. He sat at a crowded counter changing records he was playing, and loved telling stories about those gtown punks. He is now exclusively on ebay, as the store closed.

    and wow, amazing collection

    • Kyle Whitlow says:

      Awesome info, thanks man!! I knew someone could chime in and fill me in on the Dischord house info since my time in DC has always been super limited and I’ve never done a fly-by on it or anything.

  7. Jason Hook says:

    I am stoked on the pressing info on the Scream lp. I have one with brown labels and the ad glued on the back of the insert. That record is one of the most underappreciated DC hardcore records of all time. Thanks for the info.

  8. Vinsent A Soltero says:

    Hey man i recently bought a “Void” shirt on ebay that he claims to be Vintage. Will you take a look at it for me and tell me if it is or not???
    Sailors.mouth@yahoo.com
    or
    Posi_vinse@yahoo.com

    -Vinsent A Soltero

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  11. Anonymous says:

    would you ever sell your harDCore flyer from the first picture you show to “start things” off? I love punk rock and especially dischord because they obviously put out ground breaking material.

  12. Jason says:

    This is the most thorough, informed, and fascinating blog post on the early Dischord releases I’ve ever seen. And I think I’ve seen them all! Well done!

  13. Jason says:

    P.S. I collect S.O.A. – I have 1st, 2nd and 3rd as well as test press (and a couple boots) but am always looking for additional copies (better condition, etc) so if you keep a list, please add me to it.

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  15. Brian says:

    My copy of “Still Screaming” has the ubiquitous yellow labels and the thinner cardstock cover, but there’s no “Made in…” on the back. Instead there’s a clear “Made in U.K.” sticker under the Dischord logo on the front cover. It’s barely visible over the black cover. Would that be an early second pressing?

    Even some of the Dischord “Made in England” pressings were actually pressed by MPO in France. You’ll find it in the dead wax.

    Thanks for the massive amount of info here.

    • Nicholas Heitman says:

      ^^ My copy is similar to yours. It’s a thinner sleeve without the “Made In …” on the back, but mine does not have a sticker under the Dischord logo on the front. Let me know if you find more info.

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  17. Steve Pope. says:

    I have a copy of the 8 dollar pressing of Out of Step. Had it for almost 13 years, never knew it was such a rarity! Enjoyed all your crazy dischord knowledge! Peace. P.S. I’d send you a photo of it but I don’t know how you would receive it.

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