Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Give Em the Boot
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Punks should steer clear, but SKA FANS LISTEN UP!!
MaratsBathing | NY | 01/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"(For those of you unfamiliar with the Give 'em the boot series, it is a sampler series of bands on the Hellcat Records label. The label has an eclectic mix of punk/hardcore bands and ska/reggae/dub bands)Now that that's out of the way...Here's the deal:1. With the possible exception of Rancid and Choking Victim, the punk bands on Hellcat Records suck. It's boring, unoriginal, and not even that aggressive.
2. The ska/reggae/dub bands, however, are EXCELLENT and amazing. It's very mellow and relaxing, yet very exciting and catchy. It should have you dancing along in no time.
3. Of the 3 titles in the give 'em the boot series, the 1st one (this one) has the least punk and the most ska.
4. Therefore, this is the best Give 'em the boot by FAR and with its dirt cheap price, you have no excuse for not owning it if you consider yourself a fan of ska in any way, shape, or form."
A fine Start
Gandhi Ritchie | Petersfield, UK | 03/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is just so amazing - the first sampler from Tim Armstrong and Epi-guru Brett Gurewitz's side-label, Hellcat. Featuring mainly ska and '77-style punk, you'll recognise Rancid, Voodoo Glow Skulls and Swingin Utters, all turning in fine songs, along with newer bands such as the Gadjits, an awesome Hammond-driven ska three-piece. Although Hellcat are distributed by Eptiaph, nothing here sounds like NOFX/Ten Foot Pole punk, so some may be a little disappointed (although for £4 you can't really complain). The are some awesome songs here from Hepcat (classic dancehall ska), the Pietasters (prime Northern Soul), utter legends the Skatalites, and the Slackers and Stubborn All-Stars very own David Hillard and his Rocksteady Seven, with the awesome 'Playtime'. The different styles on this album flow superbly, with the Utter's fantastic 'Fifteenth and T' flowing beautifully into the laidback ska of the Skatalites. Oh, just buy it."
George D. Kirschbaum | Arlington, VA United States | 09/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album and it's brethren are an excellent way to be introduced to a lot of cool bands. I've gone out and bought a number of albums based on what I heard here and on Vol. II + III. If you like punk and ska with a dash of psychobilly, then this is your teaser!"