Minor Threat
In My Eyes 7″
Dischord Records #5 / LIMP #41 1981

Side A:
In My Eyes
Out of Step

Side B:
Guilty of Being White
Steppin’ Stone

Recorded by Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, Virginia (on 4-track tapedeck, in the basement of his house) in 1981. Produced by Minor Threat. Mixed by Minor Threat and Don.
Mastered at Nashville Record Productions – NR13304
Pressed by United Record Pressing

This was a split release between Dischord and Limp Records, run by Skip Groff out of his Yesterday and Today Records store. After recording In My Eyes the band needed money to get it pressed, as the Indie distributors were slow in paying Dischord the money they were owed. After working with Minor Threat on their demo session and recording the first EP with them, Skip bankrolled the pressing costs for the Minor Threat’s 2nd EP and they made it a split release between Dischord and Limp.

Test press / Anywhere between 12 and 50(?)
Matrix:
A: NR-13304-I HI HENRY, HI LYLE, NEVER FORGET
B: NR 13304-II THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME JE NRP
45RPM

Unlike the Filler tests, these test pressings came with the re-designed, black and white United labels.
Jeff Nelson told me that he was once quite sure there would have been fewer than 50 copies pressed. The, now inactive, ThreatBase.com website claimed there were “about 12” of those tests, but given that there were a few inaccuracies on the site it would probably be safe to assume that there could have been anywhere from 12 to fewer than 50 of the tests pressed.

1st press, clear acetate cover / 1
Matrix:
A: NR-13304-I HI HENRY, HI LYLE, NEVER FORGET
B: NR 13304-II THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME JE NRP
45RPM

One copy is known to exist with a clear acetate sleeve made by Jeff in a similar manner like the ones he made for the Filler EP.
[ SCAN NEEDED ]

1st press, GARY COUSINS / 125
Matrix:
A: NR-13304-I HI HENRY, HI LYLE, NEVER FORGET
B: NR 13304-II THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME JE NRP
45RPM

The story that usually goes with this version is that, supposedly, the covers weren’t ready in time for a show so Jeff photocopied 125 covers with misspelt name of Gary Cousin on the back. My mate Nico did some digging and according to his research Minor Threat didn’t play any shows around December 1981, when In My Eyes was released. Which makes sense since they ceased being a band in November 1981 (as clearly stated on the insert). The nearest show would have been at the end of April 1982, after the re-union, so unless the actual covers weren’t ready until May there goes another urban myth.
The COUSINS run came without inserts so they were definitely done prior to the band having the actual printed sleeves. The question is: did the band sit on a 1000 records for half a year before getting the sleeves, to support the “not ready for the show” story? Or was the COUSINS sleeve printed for a different reason? Or perhaps the release date is wrong altogether?

I asked Jeff about this but he also couldn’t shed any light on the issue:
I’ve just spent 1/2 hour looking through old journals, which started in May ’82 (I needed a magnifying glass to read many of my entries, I’d written so small!), trying to find info on the “In My Eyes” xerox cover but couldn’t find any mention of it. Mostly the dumbest shit about my girlfriend at the time. I’ll ask Ian if he has any memories or journal entries about when “In My Eyes” record came out. I remember pretty clearly that I made the xerox covers for a show, because we had the records but didn’t have properly printed covers yet. Perhaps the Dec. 81 release date (stated in Dischord Box Set Book) is wrong, who knows.

The copy scanned above is Nico’s and it came from Graham McCulloch (bass player of Negative Approach and later Meatmen) who got it in person from Brian Baker.

1st press / 875
Matrix:
A: NR-13304-I HI HENRY, HI LYLE, NEVER FORGET
B: NR 13304-II THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME JE NRP
45RPM

1st press covers were printed on a lighter matte cardstock.

2nd press / 1000
Matrix:
A: NR-13304-I HI HENRY, HI LYLE, NEVER FORGET
B: NR 13304-II THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME JE NRP
45RPM

2nd press cover are printed on a very similar paper to the Teen Idles 1st pressing. Semi glossy heavier cardstock. Some copies came with the OUT OF STEP sticker.

3rd press / 2000
Matrix:
A: NR-13304-I HI HENRY, HI LYLE, NEVER FORGET
B: NR 13304-II THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME JE NRP
45RPM

Back to matte but this time around paper is slightly whiter when compared to the 1st press, which was sort of yellow-ish, and much thicker.