Various ‎– SF Underground

Subterranean Records ‎– SUB 1
Vinyl, 7", Compilation

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A1 No Alternative Johnny Got His Gun
Bass, Backing Vocals – Jeff ReesDrums – Bobby BarrageMusic By, Lyrics By – John Patterson (2)Vocals, Guitar – John "Genocide" Patterson*
A2 Flipper Earthworm
Bass – Will ShatterDrums – Steve DePaceGuitar – Ted FalconiMusic By, Lyrics By – Ted Falconi, Will ShatterVocals – Bruce Loose
B1 Tools* Asexuality In The 80's
Bass, Lyrics By – John Anderson (5)Drums – Greg BakerGuitar, Music By, Lyrics By – Michael FoxVocals – Mike Weber
B2 VKTMS Ballad Of Pincushion Smith
Bass – Steve*Drums – Lou*Guitar – Jay*Music By, Lyrics By – Jay Davis (3), Lou Gwerder, Nyna Crawford, Steve RicablancaVocals – Nyna*

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First release on Subterranean Records. Released with foldover sleeve and lyrics insert.
First press, 2000 copies.
First version of the sleeve (Various - SF Underground) is printed on thin coated paper or medium-weight paper: the halftone screen is intact and even on signs, tiles, and clothing in front photo, and a white band appears above the front photo. No address on sleeve, insert shows address as 912 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710.
Second version of the sleeve is printed on thin white paper: the halftone screen is blotchy or missing on signs, tiles, and clothing in front photo, and the photo image reaches the top of the sleeve on the front. Same insert.
Third version of the sleeve has a re-designed back cover with the Subterranean Records address shown as 577 Valencia St., San Francisco. Insert details unknown (or insert may be absent).

Recorded in September, 1979. Track A2 recorded live at PoLite Productions.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Hand Etched ): 8204764 A R 33⅓
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Hand Etched ): 8204764 B 33⅓ 299

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November 22, 2011

I have 2 versions, with slightly different back covers. Also one has a Valencia st/SF address and the other has a Berkeley address.

I assume the one with the Valencia st/SF address is a repress? Anyone more info on this?


September 18, 2010

Subterranean Records was the first label I really flipped over and began to "follow." I tried to get anything I could on Subterranean.

I remember sending off $2(!) for this comp and instead got a note telling me it had just run out of stock. DOH! Years later I tracked one down deep in the Congo (or maybe at a record store) and it was worth the wait.

Four bands, four songs. All hot, no drag. No Alternative, Flipper, Tools and VKTMS! it is hard to pick a favorite but I am leaning toward the VKTMS awesome "Ballad Of Pincushion Smith."