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Once again I decided to camp out for Record Store Day (RSD), getting to my store 8 ½ hours ahead of opening. I know I said on Twitter that I likely wouldn’t bother with RSD this year, but things changed obviously. That thing was adding more and more things to my list, which ending the debate of do I want to go out for the one thing I know I won’t be able to find online for retail price. I’d rather not spend $30 on something if it means the only thing being sacrificed is a good night’s sleep. If you think I’m crazy for waiting that line and getting to a store that early, keep reading. But I do sleep for at least 2-3 hours of that wait time. If you want to skip this column-esque story, skip ahead five paragraphs for the start of the write up on this particular RSD release.

To lay the ground work for RSD this year, I actually had fun the past two years (2016 & 2017) waiting in line, which makes the time go by faster. That was not the case every other year, and I’ve been attending RSD since its inception in 2008. I had some cool people to talk to these past two years, which rarely, if ever happened every other year for RSD. I’m talkative person, it’s the other people who either can’t or refuse to hold a conversation for whatever reason. The past two years I was next to the same group of people actually. You see, at my local store, the same groups of people show up around the same time every year, especially the diehards. I’m talking about the real early birds, the people who get there 7+ hours ahead of opening. And at my store you have to show up by 4 am (for an 8 am opening) in order to have a serious chance of getting what you want. Otherwise you’re like 150+ in line and will spend around 2 hours (after opening) just waiting to get in and get checked out. It’s a popular store in a highly populated area.

For those curious about what store I go to, I never mention it because I want to maintain some privacy for myself. I don’t want people knowing where I live. It’s not a matter of turning people onto the store and having more people show up. Trust me, this store is well know and one of the most popular stores in the region. It draws people from four different states for RSD, and there are no shortages of record stores in the area either.

The only thing that changed in the 10 years RSD has been happening is how early I have to line up in order to get everything I want, or at the very least the few things I would have a hard time tracking down for a decent price online. I used to get to my store around 5 am, and got everything I wanted with no problem. But ever since 2015 the line has gotten out of control. I used to be no more than 20th in line with a 5 am arrival from 2009-2014, but I learned my lesson in 2015 after getting there at 2 am (thinking that additional 3 hours would be enough to compensate for the Deja Entendu release) and being like 50th in line, resulting in missing out on stuff I wanted for the first time ever. And I mean for the first time ever. Prior to that year I never missed out on a single thing on my list.

Ever since then my goal was to get there by midnight, and it’s worked. And I’ve had more fun in line than ever. People bring beer, people are more talkative, offer to get food and coffee for people and are just more helpful and nicer in general. I think a lot people are immediately grumpy when they get there later in the morning and come to the dreaded realization of how long the line actually is. The line can be a bit deceiving because it wraps around the building/strip mall. Lots of people see what they think is the end of the line at the end of the building/strip mall, only to walk over and discover it keeps going. I’ve heard plenty of obscenities being yelled at 5 and 6 am, some from like a hundred feet away.

That one thing mentioned above was the Thrice 7”. That is what drew me out for RSD, but I also picked up a bunch of other things rather than deal with paying for shipping and the potential for damage during shipping. The Gerard Way 12” was one of those other things I wanted, but felt wouldn’t be hard to find online for retail price. Especially considering it is one of those RSD first releases, meaning it would see a wider release after RSD.

I decided to pick this 12” picture disc up on RSD rather than waiting because I was a bit worried that the non-RSD release wouldn’t have the poster and comic that came with the RSD version/variant. I felt the price wouldn’t be much lower after RSD than on RSD as well, so if the non-RSD version didn’t have the poster and/or comic it would be a giant rip-off.

There seems to not be a consensus as to what the official title of this release is. The official RSD list has the title listed as “Into The Cave We Wander,” which is the lead track on the release. But places like Discogs, which I never trust or rely on for any info, has the title listed as “DC’s Young Animal.” To further illustrate why I don’t trust Discogs, they have the pressing info listed as 5,000 copies while the official RSD list has it listed as 4,800 copies. To muddy the waters a bit more on the title confusion, the hype sticker on the bottom left corner of the sleeve says “DC’s Young Animal” as well.

Personally, I’m sticking with the title being “Into The Cave We Wander” for several reasons. And not just because I don’t like Discogs. Here’s why. “DC’s Young Animal” is a comic/graphic novel series Gerard Way is curating. And this RSD 12” picture disc release was concocted solely to promote that comic series. A textbook example of the problems with RSD, but that is for another day. But that is why “DC’s Young Animal” is plastered all over this record. Not just the hype sticker, but the most glaringly obvious part being the comic this record comes with along with the poster. Another obvious aspect of this record being a promotional vehicle for the comic series is the artwork on the picture disc itself, which is straight from one of the comics in the Young Animal series.

All that is aside from the fact that 12” singles, or any singles for that matter, don’t have proper titles. They go by whatever the single’s name is or whatever songs appear on the single; the infamous “b/w” moniker. Anyway, this 12” single has two songs on it, the aforementioned “Into The Cave We Wander” on the a-side and “Film Excerpt – Poggy’s Cavern” on the b-side. An interesting note about the music, it’s not just Gerard Way, his old My Chemical Romance band mate Ray Toro is credited as writer and performer as well.

I mentioned it above, but the pressing info for this may be a bit misleading if you take Discogs into account. Discogs has this 12” single being limited to 5,000 copies. Of course, that is a nice round number, but the official RSD list has the pressing info as 4,800 copies. I will take the word of the official RSD list over Discogs any day, but even with that said the RSD list has mysteriously been changed/updated in past years. The RSD folks like to re-release the official .pdf list with minor tweaks, amendments, corrections; whatever you’d like to call them, and sometimes the .pdpf list doesn’t match up with the viewable list on the official website too. It’s why I download the .pdf the first day the official list is released and download another copy the day before RSD, to catch any discrepancies. However, none of that affected this Gerard Way 12”, the 4,800 number held strong to this day.

The comic that comes with the record is likely exclusive to this record. I know comic collectors can be as nuts as record collectors, and comics can go through variants and exclusives just like records. The Young Animal comic that comes with this records is a sampler, with short excerpts from each of the four separate titles in the series;  “Doom Patrol,” “Shade The Changing Girl,” Cave Carson Has A Magnetic Eye” and “Mother Panic.” The official title of the comic that comes with the “Into The Cave We Wander” 12” picture disc is “DC’s Young Animal Mixtape.” For copyright concerns I’m not posting photos of the entire comic, only a handful of pages, of which don’t reveal any major plot lines.

If you are into comics/graphic novels you’re probably aware that this 12” picture disc is technically not the first release of this single. It was released on cassette for New York Comic Con, and given to attendees of the Young Animal panel. That cassette is a promo release and not meant for sale, and guess what the title is; “Into The Cave We Wander.”

 

 


Gerard Way released a 12″ single for “Zero Zero” off his debut solo album Hesitant Alien in 2015. This flew completely under the radar and got little to no press anywhere; message boards, blogs, zines, news sites, etc. Which is very surprising considering he was the front man of My Chemical Romance, a band with a huge fan base who buy up anything and everything related to them.

The single features two songs, one on each side. As I stated earlier the lead track is “Zero Zero” while the b-side is a true b-side left off Hesitant Alien; “Television All The Time.” This b-side was released prior to this single however, as it was a bonus track exclusive to the Japanese release of Hesitant Alien. This 12″ single marks the first time the song was released in the U.S. however.

There were 5,000 copies of this 12″ single pressed, all as a picture disc. It comes housed in a picture disc sleeve with a flap that has the bottom two corners reinforced. The sleeve also comes sealed with a clear sticker on the flap, but it’s easy to peel back and keep intact to remove the record. There is a pink hype sticker on the bottom left corner as well.

Some people/sites are misinformed about the origins of this 12″ single, thinking it’s a Record Store Day (RSD) Black Friday release for 2015. That is simply not true. This record is not on any official RSD release list(s). It was however, released on the same day as Black Friday RSD in 2015; November 27. That is because the music industry decided to change their release day from Tuesdays to Fridays. Otherwise there would be no confusion about this record’s origins.

Retail price on this records is around $15 depending on the store/distro. If it hasn’t gone OOP at this point considering it’s connection to My Chemical Romance, it likely won’t for a while. So the price may drop on this as stores and distros are stuck with unsold copies. I bought my copy from Bull Moose, utilizing my Bull Moose points to get it for half off.


After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.

With that out of the way here is the Gerard Way 7″ entitled Pinkish / Don’t Try. Yes, you read that correctly, there is no b/w in the release’s title even though there should be. The two songs featured on this 7″ are implied by the title. Both songs are b-sides from Hesitant Alien, Gerard Way’s debut solo album released in 2015. There were 5,000 copies pressed on red, pink and purple splatter. The official RSD list simply said “colored vinyl” in regards to the color, but the hype sticker on the cover of the actual 7″ says what the color is.

Each side of this 7″ looks completely different from one another. The a-side has more red and pink in it while the b-side has a white base with pink, purple and red splatter. On top of the aforementioned hype sticker that indicates color and other info about this 7″, there is another hype sticker on the cover as well, the now typical silver ‘RSD exclusive’ sticker.

No download code is included, which sadly is a running trend with majority f RSD releases this year. Nothing I bought this year had a download card/code, no matter the label releasing it. The only thing that did was the Nirvana Tribute comp released by Robotic Empire, and that wasn’t an official RSD release.


2014 was quite the year for post My Chemical Romance projects, as Frank Iero and Gerard Way each released albums with their new projects. Gerard Way released his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, in late September 2014. The vinyl version features exclusive, alternate artwork that differs from that used with the CD and digital versions. Instead of a photo of him, it’s a drawing.

Hesitant Alien was pressed on two colors for the first pressing; black and clear. Clear is a Hot Topic exclusive, and black is widely available everywhere else. I’m not sure of the pressing info for a couple factors, first being the album is on a major label, who rarely release pressing info. Second, Hot Topic seemingly refuses to post pressing info for their exclusive variants now; which is no doubt a sales tactic on their part. A rep from Hot Topic said in response to not releasing pressing info; “I don’t do it because people get angry when it (the album) gets re-pressed.” That reason is complete BS. There are rumors that there are 1,000 copies pressed on clear vinyl, but that has yet to be substantiated, although many people take it for truth.

The record comes in a glossy full color dust sleeve, which has the lyrics printed on both sides. This dust sleeve is in place of an insert since the lyrics and brief liner notes are printed on it. A download card is included, but make sure you use Firefox to access the download because it will not work with Interne Explorer. I did not try Google Chrome for the download because I don’t use that browser, so it may very well work with Chrome. What I can guarantee is that you can’t use IE to download the album, but Firefox will work.