I’ve had the fortune of seeing Insted play some reunion shows over the last 5 years or so, and I’ve gotta say I was very impressed by how positive and “in tune” they seemed to be with why they were doing it. It was very apparent that they just enjoyed spending time with each other and sharing their music with a new generation of hardcore kids. I found it to be really refreshing and inspiring to see those guys up there, with their own little kids and wives on stage, just smiling and having a blast. At one of the shows at the Showcase Theatre in Corona, CA, Kevin’s little boy did his first stage dive ever in between songs. I thought that was pretty neat.
The Insted 7″ was first pressed with the yellow lettering on the cover, 300 on yellow vinyl, 700 on black vinyl. For some reason my yellow vinyl copy has “Ego’s Can Kill” written on the insert. The 2nd pressing was red lettering, 300 on red vinyl, 700 black vinyl. Then there is this mysterious “3rd pressing” of sorts that has a solid black cover. I don’t know the details, but my guess is that the printing setup got messed up, very similar to the “solid black back cover” of the Minor Threat – Out Of Step LP. Knowing a little bit about the offset printing process, that can happen if photos aren’t setup correctly. This 7″ has my favorite vegetarianism song of all time on it – “Feel Their Pain”. My band, The Damage Done, used to cover it sometimes.
“Feel Their Pain”: “Take your place at the table. You don’t give a damn. The tradition of killing is the downfall of man. Who set the laws on who lives and who dies. For human satisfaction the animal cries. Hear my words – feel their pain. Eating their flesh – you have nothing to gain. A moral opposition to the murder of animals. It’s my philosophy. To take life is criminal. The smiling clown for the billions served represents to me bloodshed undeserved. Hear my words – feel their pain. Eating their flesh – you have nothing to gain. Feel their pain. Excuses, excuses is what I hear for life, for life, it’s so unfair. Feel their pain.”
The first thing you might notice is the Insted “Bonds Of Friendship” LP test pressing, with some hand writing on the front cover. It says “To Dan For An Answer. Thanx for the help & support – Kevinsted”. See below for close-up photos. Also shown in this photo is the colored pressing of this album on red vinyl, a nice clean black copy, and the white vinyl “tour” version with no labels at all. The white vinyl copies all seem to have a cut corner on the LP jacket (not pictured), usually used to denote promo covers. I think they must have pressed a limited amount of these last minute on white vinyl with no labels, and threw the vinyl inside some promo jackets they had laying around with cut corners. The white vinyl copies didn’t have the cool over-sized color printed insert. They just had a photo copied lyric sheet. Shown on the bottom right of the photo is a flier/catalog thrown into my red copy that lists all the stuff you could mail order from Wishingwell back in the day! There’s a close-up photo of the catalog below. Also shown is the second Insted LP on Epitaph called “What We Believe”. I really like that album, too. It was never pressed on colored vinyl, so just black vinyl completes this thing, and that’s ok with me! The last LP in the bottom right hand corner is a “Live at CBGB’s” LP released by Livewire Records in the 2000’s sometime. There were other colors pressed, but I didn’t seek to complete it. I just own this one copy on gold vinyl.
For those unfamiliar with these dudes, this was a gift from Kevin, vocalist of Insted, to Dan O’Mahoney, vocalist of No For Answer. Pretty cool! What’s even cooler is I got this record on eBay in 1999 for $45. Yet another sweet late 90′s score on eBay. I actually owned 2 of this test pressing, because I bought another copy on the cheap from an old Orange County scenester guy who was dumping his whole collection. Since I didn’t really need 2 copies of this record, I traded the 2nd copy to Geoff Greene from NJ for a load of Floorpunch records in 2001 or so. As for this “Dan For An Answer” copy that I still own? Well, not for much longer! I’m passing it on to my main man Matt McCall (“Skones” for you hardcore types. He was roadie extraordinaire for Allegiance, he sang in Some Still Believe and Right On, and now Secret People. Get on it!). Matt lives across town from me here in Oakland and has been a close friend of mine since we were just graduating from high school. I think his favorite hardcore band of all time is Insted (if not, it’s gotta be 7 Seconds). In fact, Skones’ has a vinyl blog of his own – check it out: http://recentpickups.wordpress.com/! This thing is definitely going to its rightful owner.
I had never noticed the difference in label colors until I was taking this photo!! Weird! The black vinyl has the classic Wishingwell label design in blue, whereas the red vinyl has just black and white printing only. That is so strange that I have never noticed this before. Even when I look up the pressing info on the Flex discography, it doesn’t mention multiple pressings or a difference in label art. It says red vinyl was out of 500, white vinyl tour pressing was out of 200, and the rest on black vinyl. The white vinyl didn’t have labels at all, so that pressing doesn’t come into play here. But the different labels on red vs. black vinyl suggest different/multiple pressings. Anyone know?
This is a flier/catalog that was included in my red vinyl copy. The top 6 lines are the releases available at the time, and then the rest of the sheet is Merchandise!! It’s no wonder that there’s so many hardcore dudes out there that are fanatics about collecting old 4-sided Wishingwell shirts! There was just so much cool shit!! I wish I had more of these cool old WW shirts. I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through my homies like Skones and the TFS dudes.
My Insted collection, at its peak:
- Insted – We’ll Make The Difference (GOLD, 1st press, YELLOW lettering, “Egos Can Kill” written on insert, out of 300)
- Insted – We’ll Make The Difference (BLACK, 1st press, YELLOW lettering, out of 700)
- Insted – We’ll Make The Difference (RED, 2nd press, RED lettering, out of 300)
- Insted – We’ll Make The Difference (BLACK, 2nd press, RED lettering, out of 700)
- Insted – We’ll Make The Difference (BLACK, 3rd press, solid BLACK cover)
- Insted – Bonds Of Friendship (TEST PRESS, “To Dan For An Answer. Thanx for the help & support. – Kevinsted” written on cover)
- Insted – Bonds Of Friendship (BLACK, no insert)
- Insted – Bonds Of Friendship (RED, out of 500, original large insert + Wishingwell mail order catalog sheet)
- Insted – Bonds Of Friendship (WHITE, out of 200, tour press, no labels, smaller insert)
- Insted – What We Believe (BLACK)
- Insted – Live At CBGB (GOLD)