From the Stacks

From The Stacks: Plasmatics, “Butcher Baby” (Single)

Here was the secret to the Plasmatics popularity among my junior high friends and me: KISS with breasts. The band was dangerous, put on a fantastic show, and lead singer Wendy O. Williams spent her stage time mostly naked. What’s not to love?

As far as I know, 1978’s “Butcher Baby” single on the Vice Squad label was the band’s first record. When the Plasmatics signed to Stiff in 1980 their new label reissued the single, but what you’re looking at here is the Vice Squad original. Or is it? Vice Squad issued the single in both cardboard and paper sleeves, and many believe that the paper sleeve (pictured) is a second printing.

Regardless, twenty bucks is a fair price for this one, but you might find examples out there for twice that. The Stiff reprint trades in the 2-5 dollar range. Happy hunting.

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