The Posies: A Discography
Compiled by Heather Cross, Wendi Dunlap and Simon Galloway and others (as noted). Click on images to see larger versions.
Stuff we know is missing: Screaming Santas, Saltine, Twin Princess, Jon w/ Lucky Me, Jon's solo single, some other stuff. We'll get those added when we can; if you want to help out, send us the info for the things we missed! :)
Tracks: Blind Eyes Open / The Longest Line / Under Easy / Like Me Too / I May Hate You Sometimes / Ironing Tuesdays / Paint Me / Believe In Something Other (Than Yourself) / Compliment? / At Least For Now / Uncombined / What Little Remains
23 Records, 1988 (homemade cassette, typed labels)
Comments: The Posies debut offering featured just Jon and Ken. The album was first made available on a homemade cassette in Spring 1988 on "23 Records". The cover was similar to the later PopLlama release, only the illustration on the front was vertical instead of square, the liner notes are different, and, like the Popllama edition there is a (unintentionally) hilarious picture inside of Jon and Ken with HUGE hair and leather jackets looking like they're on their way to a Cure concert.
In December 1988, PopLlama released the vinyl version on blue vinyl. The serial number was PL2323. The vinyl version does not contain "Uncombined". This version of the album had new liner notes printed on a white insert, and a new picture of the full band (Jon, Ken, Mike, Rick) on the steps of the old Posie house in the U District, Seattle (The address was 5236 11th NE, but the numbers 2 and 3 were missing from the house front). Despite the picture of the four of them, only Jon and Ken played on Failure.
The CD version (CD2323 on the case but PLCD2323 on the disc) didn't come out for some time after that. Maybe as much as a year later. It has the same song listing as the original cassette.
More recent versions of the PopLlama CD/cassette have included the original "Cure-style" Jon and Ken photo from the 23 Records cassette, and removed the photo that featured Mike and Rick.
In mid-88 there was also a Posies promo cassette that had four songs from Failure: "Compliment?", "I May Hate You Sometimes", "Believe In Something Other (Than Yourself)", and one other that I forget... this was homemade, and had no special artwork that I recall.
Tracks: My Big Mouth / Golden Blunders / Apology / Any Other Way / You Avoid Parties / Suddenly Mary / Help Yourself / Mrs. Green / Everyone Moves Away / Flood of Sunshine
DGC / Geffen, September 1990
Comments: The first album featuring a full band line up, and a classic from start to finish. The vinyl release has different, much lengthier liner notes on an inside sleeve. I think later cd low-price copies have plain CDs without any artwork, while early ones had the gold-colored CD label and album title in Shelley Andante typeface.
Tracks: Dream All Day / Solar Sister / Flavor Of The Month / Love Letter Boxes / Definite Door / Burn & Shine / Earlier Than Expected / 20 Questions / When Mute Tongues Can Speak / Lights Out / How She Lied By Living / Coming Right Along
DGC / Geffen, 27 April 1993
Released on cd, cassette and vinyl, now available at mid-price. Original catalogue numbers include compact disc: dgcd-24522
Comments: The Posies' finest moment? Whatever, it was the album which saw the band realize their full potential, with not a wasted note. At the peak of their powers? Definitely.
Tracks: Daily Mutilation / Ontario / Throw Away / Please Return It / Hate Song / Precious Moments / Fight It (If You Want) / Everybody Is A Fucking Liar / World / Grant Hart / Broken Record / The Certainty / Song #1 / Will You Ever Ease Your Mind?
DGC / Geffen, 1996
Comments: There is a special Australian 2cd edition of this album, the bonus disc (as pictured) featuring "Going Going Gone", "Leave Me Be", "King Midas In Reverse" and The Bee Gees' "Every Christian Lionhearted Man Will Show You".
Tracks: Somehow Everything / You're The Beautiful One / Looking Lost / Fall Apart With Me / Placebo / Who To Blame / Start A Life / Friendship Of The Future / Grow / Farewell Typewriter / Every Bitter Drop / Fall Song
Popllama, 1998 (European release in association with Universal)
Comments: The farewell album, with a collection of songs that span the full 10 years that Jon and Ken had been together. Includes re-recordings of "Start A Life", "Grow", "Farewell Typewriter" and "Every Bitter Drop". The Japanese version also includes "The Only Ones", an early 90s demo, as a bonus track.
Tracks: Somehow Everything / Please Return It / Dream All Day / You' re The Beautiful One / Start A Life / Precious Moments / Grant Hart / Flavor Of The Month / Everybody Is A Fucking Liar / Broken Record / Surrender / Throwaway
Houston Party Records, 1999, Spain
Comments: Recorded live in Barcelona, Spain during the Posies' final European tour back in 1998.
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Plugging In
Tracks: Grant Hart / Every Bitter Drop / Flavor of the Month / Suddenly Mary / (Tape change break) / Believe In Something Other (Than Yourself) / Solar Sister / I May Hate You Sometimes / (Sick F's) / Please Return It / Precious Moments / (Brownie) / Throwaway
Casa Recording Co., 2000
Comments: Jon/Ken acoustic show recorded live at the Showbox, Seattle, February 24, 2000.
At Least At Last
Not Lame Recording Company, 2000
Comments: Demos/live tracks/lost recordings in a box set.
Tracks: Feel / I Am The Cosmos
Popllama PL7-46, 1992 (although the sleeve states 1991), US release only
Comments: Big Star tribute single; the sleeve is a mock up of the first Big Star album.
Tracks: Gigolo Aunts - I Am The Cosmos / The Posies - I Am The Cosmos
Munster 7035, 1992, Spain
Tracks: Suddenly Mary (edit) / Feel / Spite And Malice
DGC DGCDS-21631, 1991 (USA)
Comments: Also available as a promo CD, exactly the same as the single listed above, only with the word "Promotional" printed on it in orange ink. (The photo here is of the US promo single.) The art direction was by bassist Rick Roberts; the inside gatefold photo is of the wedding cake from the front cover, burning.
There is another "Suddenly Mary" promo cd, in a thin cardboard envelope but no plastic case. The front cover artwork is the same as the inside cover artwork on the cd single (i.e., the burning wedding cake with scissors in it); the back cover looks just like the cd single except for the song listing. The CD itself looks just like the single except it is printed in purple, not blue. It contains only the song "Suddenly Mary," not the B-sides.
Tracks: Golden Blunders (LP version)
DGC PRO-CD-4154, 1990, USA promo
Comments: A Japanese single of this is known to exist and features three versions of 'Golden Blunders': lp version, radio edit and an acoustic version. The cover has the distorted pictures of the band from inside the Dear 23 album.
Dream All Day
Tracks: Dream All Day / Ever Since I Was Alone (demo version)
DGC DGCCS-19260, 1993, USA
Tracks: Dream All Day / How She Lied By Living / Ever Since I Was Alone (demo version) / Open Every Window (demo version)
Geffen GFSTD 50, 1993, UK
Comments: The demo of "Ever Since I Was Alone" was recorded on Ken's 4 track at home, October 1992. The version of "Open Every Window" is Jon's demo, recorded at Egg Studios, summer 1991. This was the first single that the Posies released in the UK.
Tracks: Flavor Of The Month / Start A Life / This One's Taken (demo version)
Geffen GFSTD 58 (cd), GFS 58 (7'), 1993, UK
Comments: "Start A Life" is the original FOTB outtake produced by Don Fleming, recorded in NYC, 5 April 1993. "This One's Taken" is Ken's beautiful demo recorded at the Posey House, August 1989.
Flavor Of The Month
Tracks: Flavor Of The Month / Dream All Day / This One's Taken (demo version)
Comments: Cover identical to the UK single. Both "Flavor..." and "Dream..." are the album versions. The photo on the back is similar to the front photo except it has been exposed four or five times. (Info from Anthony Overs)
Tracks: Definite Door
DGC, PRO-CD-4548, 1994, USA
Comments: This is the US promo cd single. It contains no extra tracks and comes in a jewel box. The front cover looks like the UK single but the photo is bigger. The back cover has a different band photo than the UK single, and of course the text is different. The cd itself has the same artwork but different type (harder to read, if you ask me)
Tracks: Definite Door / Song Of the Baker / Ooh Child / I Am The Cosmos
Geffen GFSTD 68, 1994, UK
Comments: this single was supported by an appearance on 'The Word', a late night "youth" television programme in the UK. It was the only Posies release to make the UK charts, entering at number 67 for one week.
Tracks: Solar Sister / Ever Since I Was Alone (demo version) / Start A Life
DGC PRO-CD-4551, 1993, USA promo
Comments: Also shown is the French picture sleeve for this single. No jewel box as far as I know, and no artwork -- the one I got is in a plain white sleeve. "Ever Since I Was Alone" is from the "Dream All Day" single and "Start A Life" is from the UK "Flavor of the Month" single.
Going, Going, Gone
Tracks: Going, Going, Gone
Comments: From Reality Bites soundtrack. Has a really nice photo of the band (Mike in a Gnome T-Shirt, Dave in a Flop T-Shirt) on the back cover. It came to me in a jewel box with no liner notes and no additional songs. However, the CD is this candy apple red color with lettering that seems more like it would fit with Slayer than The Posies. (info from firstname.lastname@example.org in 1994 -- who was that?)
Going, Going, Gone
Tracks: Going, Going, Gone / I'm Nuthin' (Ethan Hawke)
BMG (Geffen) 74321231252, Australia
Comments: The cover is a photo from the session in someone's kitchen which was used for the photo of the band inside "Frosting...". The back features a close-up of the same photo, just showing the guys' faces, the cover of the Reality Bites soundtrack and the info about the songs. The disc itself is plain, with everything written in black, except the title of the song which is in red. (Info from Anthony Overs)
Tracks: Open Every Window / Farewell, Typewriter
Elefant Records ER-121, 1993, Spain
Comments: This semi-legal Spanish single contains versions of these songs that were originally intended for the unreleased Eclipse album, which the Posies produced themselves in 1991.
Tracks: Please Return It / Sad To Be Aware / Terrorized
Geffen GFSTD 22128, 1996, UK
Comments: The final Posies UK single release. Contains one of Jon's best songs 'Sad To Be Aware' which was originally slated for the Amazing Disgrace album. "Terrorized" was the international bonus track, unlisted, on Amazing Disgrace. An Australian edition also includes more bonus tracks.
Tracks: Ontario (radio version) / Ontario (lp version)
DGC PRO-CD-1008, 1996, USA promo
Comments: "blackbirds flying overhead who gives a shhh.......".
Tracks: Ontario / Every Bitter Drop / Hate Song (live) / Going Going Gone / Leave Me Be / King Midas In Reverse / Every Christian Lionhearted Man Will Show You
Geffen GEFDM 22168, 1996, Australia
Comments: This Australian e.p. makes a good job of collecting a variety of covers and other stray tracks. "Every Bitter Drop" is an outtake from
Amazing Disgrace (and is different from the Success version) and "Hate Song" was recorded live in Amsterdam, 23 April 1996.
Tracks: Everybody Is A Fucking Liar / Ontario (live) / Please Return It (live) / Flavor Of The Month (live) / Solar Sister (live) / Hate Song (live)
Geffen, 1996, Europe
Comments: This single was released in some parts of Europe, but definitely not the UK. The live tracks were all recorded at the Dekroon, Amsterdam, 23 April 1996. The final Posies single?
Other Posies-related stuff
Tracks: Please Return It / Going, Going, Gone / Leave Me Be / King Midas In Reverse / Every Christian Lionhearted Man Will Show You / Richie Dagger's Crime / Grant Hart
DGC, 1996, USA promo
Comments: An excellent collection of rare Posies tracks, and also, a promo for 'Amazing Disgrace'. As Randy Leasure says "The Posies wear their influences on their sleeve, but what a great shirt". Indeed!
More obscure stuff for really devoted fans to seek out
BE WARNED: There's lots of really trivial old stuff in this next section that only insane fans would want to know about! :)
Explosive Fantastic Rockin' Mega
Smash Hit Explosions! (Various Artists) Pravda Records, PR6342
The Posies have appeared on a few of these tribute records. I haven't been able to keep up with 'em. I know they are on Another Damned Seattle Compilation, and they are on a Donovan tribute, and more.
I*C*U*TV -- "Get Up And Go"/"Temperamental Lies" cassette single
(Tough Suspect Records, TS2323) <=== note the number :) Summer 1989
Glass Penguins -- raspberry (Green Monkey Records, GM022) 1987
Gavin Guss -- "Let's Get High for Christmas" (promo only, I
Gavin's Howse tv show.
Sky Cries Mary -- Until The Grinders Cease (New Rose/Lively
Art, ARTY 11 CD)
Sky Cries Mary -- Don't Eat the Dirt...(New Rose/Lively Art,
ARTY 26 CD)
The Hitmen -- SMASHFACE (Green Monkey, GMC 034) 1990
Erik 4-A -- Life, Love and Death (Vagrant Records, VR065)
The Minus Five -- "Loser So Supreme/Only One Thing/Brotherhood of
Pain/Drunkards Lullaby" (Hello Record Club, hel-312-41) 1993
Also: Jon produced (but did he play on?) the Truly album; Mike played with Capping Day, the Fastbacks, and many other bands; Jon has produced lots of stuff at PopLlama...
Ringo Starr -- Time Takes Time (Private Music,
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