In my experience the majority of UK 45s of that era were sold in either company sleeves, or plain white ones, flip back, meaning a foldover glued on the back. At least that was what I managed to get hold of then mostly, both on import in Germany, and on frequent visits to London. I think only a couple of 1000s of picture sleeves were printed, and when those ran out generic sleeves were used.
The "JONZ" part is mastering/cutting engineer John Dent's personal signature.
I have a copy of this with the pop out centre image (same as image # 1039841) which came in a white paper sleeve? is this correct? or should it have a "peaches" cover? How can one differentiate a 1977 press from a 1980 re-issue?
It also has the name "jonz" scratched in the matrix area? any idea what that is about?
also if it DID come in a white paper sleeve, would it be with the seams on the inside or outside? (when i got it it was in a box of 45s which were all mixed up in covers and there was a white cover in both styles, and I am trying to marry up its (possibly) original cover
According to an old Strangled magazine article from the '80s, they went into the furnace. The burning was apparently strictly supervised - but the worker quoted still managed, so he said, to smuggle three copies away...
UA advert from Music Week - 7th May '77. A bit of overlap there, but... I didn't fancy splitting Dave's head in half! Just looking through my notes made at the time and I have 'Peaches' as being re-released on 23rd March '79, which is when the 'new' sleeve came into being. All their singles were re-released in May '79, which may explain some minor variations to labels and sleeve openings.
I think the 'Peach' sleeve was designed by John Pasche (who designed all the stranglers album and single sleeves in 1979). I think he was asked to design another sleeve because 'Peaches' re-entered the singles chart in 1979.
£150 for a bootleg
oops ! sorry special collectors edition
also available in black vinyl
usually appear on ebay uk seller listing in australian dollars
as far as i'm aware all the bootlegs have a solid centre
Just found the "blackmail" sleeve on Musicstack, as it's described, with a clear vinyl single though the catalogue number on the label is FREE4. Unfortunately the seller has strategically placed the label over the corener of the sleeve where the catalogue number is so I can't compare it. I can say it'll set you back £150!
The 'peach' sleeve illustrated is a later issue - from 1980, so I've read. The original sleeve had the same band photo on both sides with the song titles in 'punk rock' cut-out letters; the band were appalled and ordered its withdrawal before the single reached the shops (though, as always in these cases, a few leaked out and are now very expensive collectors' items).
MonkeyHanger - the version you mention was issued on a promo 45 with the catalogue number FREE 4, and is itself worth a few bob.