Slap-a-Ham Records

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Slap-a-Ham Records
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Founded 1989
Founder Chris Dodge
Defunct 2002
Genre Hardcore punk, powerviolence, grindcore, thrash metal
Country of origin United States
Location San Francisco, California

Slap a Ham Records was an independent label from San Francisco, California owned and operated by Chris Dodge, bassist of the band Spazz as well as others.[1] The label is generally seen as a highly influential entity within the hardcore punk scene in California during the 1980s and 1990s, for the label issued releases by groups such as Crossed Out, Man Is The Bastard, Capitalistic Casualties, among others.[2] It is also considered to have played an important role in the development of powerviolence, a dissonant style of hardcore that is similar to grindcore and thrashcore.[3] The label also issued early releases by well-known groups such as the Melvins and Eyehategod. The label lasted for about 13 years, officially shutting down in 2002. According to Dodge, this was due because of the September 11 attacks; "After the attacks, everyone stopped spending money" and as a result, Slap a Ham faced stagnate commerce, causing Dodge to go into debt.[2]

Label roster[edit]

Discography[edit]

This list is organized by catalog number. Take note that the all three Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh compilations were only released on 7" vinyl. All CD releases are bootlegs.[4]

No. Year Artist Title Format Notes
1 1990 Infest/P.H.C. Split 8" Flexi Edition of 1000 translucent blue 8" flexi disc copies, all hand numbered and packaged in fold-out sleeves. Later repressed as a 7" in 2000 with the catalog number 1.5
1.5 2000 7" 7" reissue of Slap a Ham #1. Edition of 1500 total, pressed on black and translucent blue vinyl. 6 test press copies also exist.
2 1990 Melvins Your Blessened/Pronounce Piece Me 8" Flexi 2-song single, three pressings consisting of 1000 copies each, making 3000 copies total. The first pressing was 1000 clear copies that were packaged in white, yellow, or orange sleeves. The second pressing consisted of 1000 yellow copies packaged in blue sleeves. The third, and final, pressing was 1000 red copies packaged in red, green, or yellow sleeves. The first pressing sleeves featured a picture of Buzz Osbourne as a kid, while the second and third featured a picture of a young Dale Crover instead. The first two pressings were also hand numbered, while the third was not.
3 No Use for a Name Let 'Em Out 7" Pressed on yellow, red, grey, pink, purple, blue, and clear vinyl.
4 Neanderthal Fighting Music 7" 1300 copies total. The first pressing consisted of 1000 black copies that came with black and white inserts. The second press, consisting of only 100 purple copies, came with a red and white insert. The third pressing, consisting of 200 black copies, also came with a red and white insert.
4.5 2000 Undisputed Fighting Music 7" Extremely rare white label test pressing release, edition of only 6, making this the rarest release made the label. This release was originally planned to be a complete 8-song discography 7", but was never finished. Bootlegs released on 7" and cassette also exist, under the names of Complete Fighting Music.
5 1990 Stikky Cuddle 7" This 7" was originally released in Switzerland by Off The Disk Records in 1988. The US Slap a Ham edition was issued in 1990 and was first pressed on multi-colored splatter vinyl, and had some minor art alterations. A second pressing, issued in 1991, was pressed on yellow, grey/pink swirl, and also multi-colored splatter vinyl.
6 Fu Manchu Kept Between Trees 7" 1000 copies total. Test pressings (of unknown quantity) also exist. Would later be reissued by At The Dojo Records in 2015 as a 10".
7 1991 Various Artists Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh! - The Record 7" Compilation containing contribution by 41 bands total, all ranging stylistically from grindcore to punk rock. Pressed on blue, green, clear, pink, purple, grey, red, and white vinyl. Packaged in sleeves that ranged from green to blue to pink.
7.5 Charred Remains/Pink Turds In Space Split 7" First pressing consisted of 1500 green copies in black-and-white sleeves. Second pressing consists of 500 black copies in red-and-white sleeves.
8 Capitalist Casualties The Art Of Ballistics 7" Sleeve folds out as a poster
9 Crossed Out Crossed Out 7" 1000 black copies pressed. Also exists are 6 purple test pressings, at least one of which is signed by Chris Dodge
10 1992 Capitalist Casualties Disassembly Line LP, CD Pressed on purple and black vinyl. CD edition contains material released on various compilation albums as well as the entirety of the band's The Art Of Ballistics 7", which was previously issued as Slap a Ham #8. Would later be reissued on LP and CD formats in 2002 by Six Weeks.
11 No Comment Downsided 7" First press consists of 1500 clear copies packaged in fold-out poster sleeves. A second press of 1000 black copies followed. Take note that there are also less than 20 blue copies that were made, as well as an extra rare purple copy. Would later be repressed in 2011 by Deep Six Records.
12 Various Artists Son Of Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh 7" A "sequel" to the Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh! compilation 7" (Slap a Ham #7) that was pressed on grey, blue, red, salmon, purple, and pink vinyl. Also exists are maroon copies that are packaged in xerox'd sleeves, as well as maroon copies packaged with no sleeves at all.
13 Melvins Love Canal/Someday 5" 2-song 5" single, edition of 3072. 3000 clear copies, 30 "milky" white copies, 30 pink copies, and 12 pink test pressings with white labels. All copies are packaged in clear blank plastic sleeves, and all copies (except for the test pressings) include no center labels.
14 Crossed Out/Man Is The Bastard Split 7" First pressing consisted of 2000 black copies, 1000 packaged in blue sleeves, 1000 packaged in red sleeves. A second pressing was made, with alternative artwork that resembles closely to the band's "uniform" artwork style. The second press consists of pink, green, blue, and grey colored vinyl copies.
15 Monastery/Anarchus Mutilate The Corpse/In Partibus Infidelium LP, CD, CS Split full-length.
16 1993 Spazz Spazz 7" First pressing of 1000 black copies came in yellow sleeves, the second press consisted of 700 black copies in green sleeves.
17 Lack Of Interest/Slave State Split EP 7" Some copies were packaged in alternative xerox'd sleeves
18 Capitalist Casualties Raised Ignorant 7" Pressed on maroon vinyl. In 2015, Indonesian label Grind Today Records issued a cassette edition of the recording
19 Rupture Baser Apes 7" Pressed on black and green vinyl
20 1994 Iabhorher Crowskin/Splint 7" 2-song single.
21 MDC/Capitalist Casualties Liberty Gone 7" 3000 copies pressed in fold-out sleeves, released as a benefit for the Food Not Bombs organization.
22 1995 Man Is The Bastard D.I.Y.C.D. CD Compilation album containing material by the band released on early 7" releases. Later repressed in 2006 by Deep Six.
23 Spazz/C.F.D.L. Split EP 7" 2000 copies total. An edition of 50 hand numbered copies were released at Fiesta Grande #3
24 13/Eyehategod Wrong/Southern Discomfort 7"
25 1994 Plutocracy Dankstahz LP Pressed as an edition of 500 black copies. Later issued as a 10" in Germany by the labels Anomie Records and Rødel Records.
26 1995 Despise You/Suppression ...To Show How Much You Meant/Mechanized Flesh 7"
27 Discordance Axis/Plutocracy Split EP 7" 3000 copies pressed. Originally intended to be a split between Plitocracy and Assück, however the Assück side was never recorded.
28 1996 Enemy Soil War Parade 7" Pressed on pink, brown, and green vinyl
29 1997 Phobia Enslaved 7" Packaged in fold-out poster sleeve
30 1996 Noothgrush Embraced By The Anti-Self 7"
31 Spazz/Jimmie Walker Split 7" 600 copies total; 500 black, 100 clear
32 Benumb/Dukes Of Hazzard Split 7" Pressed on red and black vinyl. The Dukes Of Hazzard side contains a recording of James Best singing a song about his pet dog
33 1997 Gob/Wink Martindale Together At Last 7" 500 copies on black vinyl, 100 copies on gold vinyl
34 Spazz Funk Ass Lil' Platter 1" Obscure 1" toy record with only 14 copies made. It is the second rarest release made by Slap a Ham.
35 Capitalist Casualties A Collection Of Out-Of-Print Singles, Split EP's And Compilation Tracks CD Compilation album featuring singles, split material, and compilation tracks. Later reissued by Six Weeks in 2000.
36 Spazz Sweatin' To The Oldies CD Compilation featuring singles, compilation tracks, and split material. Indonesian label Grind Today Records issued a limited edition cassette edition of the album in 2015. In 2016, Tankcrimes reissued the album on CD format.
37 Capitalist Casualties Dope And War 7" Issued in fold-out sleeve
38 Hellnation At War With Emo 5" Pressed on black, yellow, and black/yellow swirl vinyl.
39 Melt Banana Eleventh 7" Pressed on clear vinyl.
40 Various Artists Fiesta Comes Alive LP, CD Pressed on black and blue vinyl. A purple pressing, available only through direct mail order, also exists
41 No Less Boxed In 7" Pressed on red and black vinyl.
42 1998 Various Artists Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh! - A Music War 7" Third part in the Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghh! series. Pressed on black and purple vinyl.
43 Fuck on the Beach Fastcore on the Beach 7" Pressed on black and white vinyl
44 Godstomper Saturday Morning Power Violence 7"
45 Slight Slappers The Very Best of Slight Slappers 2" Edition of 666 copies
46 Gasp Drome Triler of Puzzle Zoo People LP, CD LP pressed on black and baby blue vinyl. The blue copies were mostly sold through direct mail order
47 Phobia Means of Existence LP, CD LP pressed on pink and black vinyl. Deep Six Records later reissued the album as a picture disc in 2008, and repressed it again in 2013 on black, blue, and green vinyl. In 2002, Deathvomit Records reissued the CD edition.
48 Burned Up, Bled Dry Cloned Slaves...For Slaves... 7" Pressed on green and black vinyl.
49 Burning Witch Towers... LP Edition of 2000; 1800 black, 200 clear.
50 1999 Ancient Chinese Secret Caveat Emptor LP, CD Pressed on black and orange vinyl. The same year, a cassette edition was issed by Selfmadegod Records and Impeachment Records
51 Fuck on the Beach Power Violence Forever LP, CD LP pressed on black and white vinyl. CD edition includes a live set as a single bonus track.
52 Lack of Interest Trapped Inside LP, CD LP pressed on black and orange vinyl.
53 1998 Various Artists Ham Slappin' Hits CS Edition of 20 hand numbered copies that were given away to friends of the label as Christmas presents. It is the third rarest release by the label.
54 1999 Spazz Crush, Kill, Destroy LP, CD CD edition of 3000 copies. LP pressed on black (2700 copies) and purple (300) vinyl. The purple copies were sold through direct mail order. 625 Thrashcore would later reissue the album in 2010 as an LP, then again in 2012, then again in 2013, then finally once more in 2015. In 2015, a cassette edition of the album was issued by Indonesian label Grind Today Records.
55 Crossed Out 1990–1993 LP, CD LP pressed on black and white vinyl, white copies being sold through direct mail order. Discography compilation containing every single released song by Crossed Out as well as demos and live recordings.
56 2000 Hellnation Cheerleaders For Imperialism LP, CD LP pressed on black and pink vinyl.
57 2001 Fuck on the Beach Endless Summer LP, CD LP pressed on black and yellow vinyl.
58 2000 East/West Blast Test East/West Blast Test CD Later reissued in 2003 by Relapse Records.
59 2001 Various Artists Short, Fast, And Loud! Vol. #1 CD
60 Spazz Sweatin' 3: Skatin', Satan, & Katon CD
61 2002 Conga Fury Chaotic Noise CD
62 2001 Yacøpsæ Einstweilige Vernichtung LP, CD Issued in Germany by Vulgar Records and Scrotum Records the same year as the US Slap a Ham Release. In 2011, Italian labels F.O.A.D. Records and E.U. '91 Produzioni reissued the album as an LP. In 2015, the Malaysian label Sukma Records issued the album on cassette.
63 Noothgrush Failing Early, Failing Often CD Compilation that includes tracks from splits and compilations.
64 2002 Otophobia Malignant CD Edition of 2000. Deep Six Records issued an LP edition the same year as the Slap a Ham CD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adams, Mason. "The Strange and Enduring Afterlife of Spazz, Powerviolence, and Slap a Ham Records". noisey.vice.com. Vice. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b n/a. "Interview - Slap a Ham Records". m3event.wordpress.com. Wordpress. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  3. ^ Timbercrest, David. "Chris Dodge (Spazz, Slap-a-Ham) Interview". neufutur.com. Neufutur. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  4. ^ http://home.tiscali.nl/~t089148/slapaham/

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