With the popularity of vinyl, you sometimes get re-pressing that are long overdue and releases getting pressed on the vinyl for the first time that are long overdue. What you can’t control unfortunately is how they’re pressed. The Beavis And Butt-Head Experience was originally released in 1993, as a picture disc. So this 2016 re-pressing being done as a picture disc is at least a bit understandable. Though no one would argue against it being pressed as a traditional record (on any color) in a traditional jacket with inserts and maybe even a download card/code.
My bigger complaint about this is that it falls into the cash grab category, capitalizing on two trends; picture discs and soundtracks (though The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience is not a soundtrack is the strictest sense). Lately the two go hand-in-hand, but that never used to be the case. First it was the soundtrack craze, with labels cashing in on multiple facets of consumer culture; nostalgia, collectors and trendiness. There are film nuts and score/soundtrack nuts who will collect anything related to a film they like, and then there are people who don’t like the film, or haven’t even actually seen it, who still collect soundtracks/scores. There will always be those who buy things for nostalgia’s sake, which sadly is a strong selling point with records these days, and it leads to things like picture discs, $35 single LP’s and things like My Little Pony and the Forest Gump Soundtrack clogging up pressing plants.
Not much changed between the original 1993 pressing and this latest pressing released in 2016. The images on both sides of the picture disc are the same and the track listing is the same. The only minor differences are that the first pressing was a UK release (2016 release is a U.S. release) and the first pressing comes in a stock, die cut red jacket, not a picture disc sleeve like the 2016 re-press. This jacket has a very large die cut portion, which is intentional in order to show off the picture disc. It’s just like the jacket that came with the Moneen/Alexisonfire Switcheroo Series picture disc I have, which you can read about here. The 2016 re-press has a hype sticker affixed to the bottom right corner of the picture disc sleeve, with the sleeve having one of those re-sealable flaps. No idea on pressing info, and it will likely never be released because this is a major label release.
Circling back to the mention of $35 single LP’s, when this record first came out in April 2016, that was the price for it; $35. And it’s why I held off on buying this for almost one year after its release. It took that long for me to find it within the price threshold I wanted to spend. Prices have been steadily falling on this record though, just not fast/far enough. The price slashing has seemed to stall around $21. But considering original pressings were going for
The reason I wanted this comp is for the Nirvana song, “I Hate Myself And I Want To Die.” Though there is an unnecessary lead in by Beavis And Butt-Head prior to the actual Nirvana track kicking in. If you’re not aware by now, I’m a huge Nirvana nut and will buy almost everything of theirs released on vinyl, even live bootlegs. So despite that lead in I bought it. Plus, at the time of its original release in 1993, this comp was the only place this In Utero b-side was released. Afterwards though, it was released as a b-side to the “Pennyroyal Tea” single and subsequent compilation releases like the With The Lights Out box set. This comp remains one of the only vinyl releases featuring the original version of this Nirvana song, along with the “Pennyroyal Tea” 7”. The 20th Anniversary Edition of In Utero has the 2013 mix of “I Hate Myself And I Want To Die.”
Aside from the Nirvana song, this comp features other big bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth, Anthrax, Aerosmith and even Cher. Yes, Cher may seem like an odd addition to anything Beavis And Butt-head related, but this comp has some original, albeit joke songs by Beavis And Butt-Head.
Some people are complaining about this re-press sounding awful, but what else can you expect with a picture disc? If you want audio fidelity you shouldn’t be buying picture discs. Is this record unlistenable? No. But it is one of the worst sounding picture discs I’ve heard? Yes. All the more reason this comp should not have cost $35 when it was first released, it’s not even worth $20.