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Various: Give 'Em The Boot Volume IVGive 'Em The Boot Volume IV (2004)
Hellcat Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


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Like many kids growing up in California during the past two decades, Epitaph Records recording artists played a heavy role in my musical influence over the years. Whether it was wearing out the needle on my turntable with "Peace Thru Vandalism" or roaming the Bay Area to check out the live shows, t.


Like many kids growing up in California during the past two decades, Epitaph Records recording artists played a heavy role in my musical influence over the years. Whether it was wearing out the needle on my turntable with "Peace Thru Vandalism" or roaming the Bay Area to check out the live shows, there was no mistake: you could count on Epitaph for an excellent, consistent and revolutionary lineup of bands. Bay Area locals Rancid were perhaps one of my favorites. There seemed to always be a good lineup at the early Rancid shows. As the notoriety of the band grew they paved the way for many of the smaller supporting acts, giving back to the scene in a way few others have. Of course when I heard that Tim Armstrong and the brass at Epitaph had started sister label Hellcat Records I was very excited at the prospect of seeing what that relationship would produce.

Hellcat's Give ??Em The Boot exploded into record stores in 1997 and paved a smoldering path for much more to come. Little known bands at the time suddenly got exposure on the new label; bands like The Slackers and Dropkick Murphys from the East Coast, Hepcat and the U.S. Bombs from the West Coast and even UK Oi! legends The Business. At just under $5 you had no excuse not to pick up the record which truly seemed to offer something for just about everyone. The compilation was a steady diet of ska, punk and its various offshoots, providing a more edgy and varied contrast to the straightforward punk and hardcore that was being released on many of the other labels at the time. The excellent catalog of offerings would continue in its trademark format through a total of three releases up to this year; all while simultaneously building the family of bands above and beyond expectation.

It has been two years since the release of Give ??Em The Boot III and the fourth installment is set for an imminent release. Much the same as before, fans will not only be receiving the same high quality lineup of old favorites but a healthy dose of newcomers as well. The CD features a total of 26 tracks, 17 of which are previously unreleased. The variation in the fourth Give ??Em The Boot is astounding.

The record kicks off with "Killing Zone" by Rancid. Sounding more like it came off of 2000's self-titled release than the more recent Indestructible, the sound is traditional Rancid at its finest. Off the newly released LP Viking is "1%" by Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards which begins with frenetic guitar playing leading directly into the trademark fast rhyming lyrics backed by a rock solid rhythm section all while never letting up. This was one of the best tracks on Viking and a great choice for this record. The unreleased "Marshall Law" by Die Hunns continues where their last record Long Legs left off. The dual vocal force of Duane Peters and Corey Parks works very well here and adds a dynamic element not found on the old Hunns Records. "Junco Partner" originally released on The Clash's Sandinista! double album is performed live here by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. It is a generous addition to what otherwise could have been a previously released track off of Streetcore.

Compilation veterans and Boston favorites Dropkick Murphys offer the anthem "I'm Shipping Up To Boston," which features the same Celtic instrumentation you've come to expect. Also representing the East Coast and for the first time on Hellcat are the excellent Ducky Boys with "Break Me" and The Unseen with "Waste Of Time." The latter stands out as one of the best tracks on the record. Although I have seen the Unseen several times in the past five years I don't remember them sounding this tight and polished. Label mainstays F-Minus have the unreleased "Caught in Between" which will no doubt please fans. "Kiss Kiss Kill Kill" from Roger Miret and the Disasters is a good introduction to the Agnostic Front singer's side project for those who have not heard them. I was hoping for something new as that album is two years old, but what we get is a solid choice. "Lost Paradise" by the U.S. Roughnecks sheds some light on the Sacto Oi! scene with this track off of Twenty Bucks and Two Black Eyes. The excellent "Rise Up" from Pressure Point, also from Sacramento, showcases just how far this band has come since the first compilation and is one of this record's standout tracks. Perhaps a full-length from Pressure Point is actually due at some point on the label. If not it should definitely be considered.

The Aggrolites' "Dirty Reggae," Chris Murray's "Let There Be Peace" and closing track "Room to Breathe" by Westbound Train find the record heading into the same reggae direction as was previously ventured on earlier installments. All three tracks offer a nice and welcome break from the mix. The Slackers' politically charged "Propaganda" is one of the best tracks on the release. Victor Ruggiero's trademark vocals coupled with the undeniable talent of the six-piece band is immediately familiar and welcome. Others have come and gone, but it is no wonder that the Slackers remain as the only ska band to have released a track on each of the four iterations of Give ??Em The Boot.

Hellcat has had a strong albeit small Psychobilly lineup for the last couple of years and this compilation shows them not only remaining consistent but also adding a band or two in the process. Tiger Army showcase one of the faster tracks from this year's III: Ghost Tigers Rise with "Atomic." If you haven't heard of this band go do yourself a favor and buy one of their records. "Where They Wander" off the debut Hell Yeah! by the Horrorpops seems to defy classification although it does retain some elements of the Psychobilly genre. Rancid's "Dead Bodies" covered by Nekromantix is a fun and relevant cover by one of the label's best bands. I really didn't know what to expect with this song but it turned out well albeit faster than I had imagined. Newcomers Rezurex have the fabulous "Dia De Los Muertos" which is arguably the only new Psychobilly on the record. It is nice to see another addition to the label in this genre and hopefully good things will come from this band.

There are some new bands on the record this year to go along with the rest of the familiar faces. The raw guitar-driven sound of newcomers Brain Failure fit right in on the record with "That's What I Know." Orange's "No Rest for the Weekend" is a pop-infused track complete with a catchy chorus and mid-tempo pace. The track reminds me of a cross between Lookout!-era Green Day and early Riffs. South Central Riot Squad will probably please fans of The Casualties with "S.C. Drunx," a 40 oz. infused song for the punx. Oi! indeed. 12 Step Rebels have the catchy and fast "Skinwalkers" followed by the angry hardcore of "Wasted Life" by The Escaped. Mercy Killers show a lot of promise with their debut Hellcat track "Trauma." After hearing that Craig had left The Forgotten and formed the Mercy Killers I was anxious to hear the first material from them. The signature guitar playing and vocals are evident here. I am excited to see what Mercy Killers will come up with in the future.

Almost all of the tracks flow pretty smooth on this record. However, there is one song that really doesn't seem to fit: the remix of "Romper Stomper" by the Transplants. While the track does add to the variety it also seems a bit out of place. With the new record supposedly releasing on a different label a remix of this older song is understandable. Hardcore fans of the band will like it, although I wouldn't recommend it as a good first introduction to their sound.

Over the past seven years Hellcat Records has introduced the world to a lot of great bands. The fourth installment of the Give ??Em The Boot series hopes to further root the existence of several talented artists as well as introduce many new ones. The record offers a tremendous amount of material and has something for just about everyone. Unlike many compilations, the vast majority of the material is both good and completely new. There is a reason why Hellcat has remained at the top of the game. It is high quality releases such as this which seamlessly introduces the up-and-coming to the firmly established all while remaining fresh and palatable. At about $5 it is something everyone should add to their collection.

 

 
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Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

Definitely a good album.

Oh, and however said James Booker originally made "Junko Partner"(It's with a 'k', Joe); he's far from the first.

Jelly Roll and Dr. John have both played it, but I would bet that the lyrics, if not the composition, is a very old traditional song.

-Tias

mCLz (August 23, 2005)

Give "Em The Boot is easily the best compilation out there. Ever one that comes out it also gets better and better. I find this to be just an amazing comp and there are so many good songs on there. I love the live version of Junto Parter by Joe Strummer and the Mascelaros and Trauma by The Mercy Killers too. There is maybe 1 or 2 songs on here that I'm not fond of, but I can defanitally listen to this CD all the way through time after time.

Anonymous (February 3, 2005)

anyone notice the BLATANT rip-off of the riff from Metallica's Hit the Lights (opening track on "Kill 'em All") by the Roughnecks - Lost Paradise? it's so similar i thought at first it was a cover... hope those greedy bastards don't catch wind of that one... Lost Paradise is still a kickass song though.

Anonymous (January 31, 2005)

def woth the couple $$ i think i got it for 5.99

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

does anyone know when the hell cat dvd is coming out

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

converge has been around for over 10 years and have toured constantly throughout, they are heart incarnate.

and as for bands being more recent, why? music didn't exist back then? oh i forgot, music didn't exist until offspring released smash or whatever.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

cave in, maldoror/merzbow, recoil, depeche mode, cynic, converge, gorilla biscuits, the smiths, joy division. those are some fo the artists i've been fond of lately...

dude thats a shitty list. Converge having more heart than the bands on GETB4? NO FUCKING WAY! You also have to be more recent with the artist sir.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

cave in, maldoror/merzbow, recoil, depeche mode, cynic, converge, gorilla biscuits, the smiths, joy division. those are some fo the artists i've been fond of lately...

dude thats a shitty list. Coverage having more heart than the bands on GETB4? NO FUCKING WAY!

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

cave in, maldoror/merzbow, recoil, depeche mode, cynic, converge, gorilla biscuits, the smiths, joy division. those are some fo the artists i've been fond of lately...

Anonymous (November 15, 2004)

well i don't really listen to emo, but i'd rather listen to bands with passion for music rather than a bunch of smelly gutterpunks who only listen to bands on epitaph as if bad religion are the beatles of our generation...

"gutterpunks?" thats comedy! I don't listen to Bad Religon so you're the dumbass here. WHat bands do you listen to with "passion" for music?

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

Firstly, this album is seriously lacking a stza related band, compared to the other 3. Secondly, to the idiot who said something about Romper Stomper being a Skrewdriver cover, Romper Stomper has absolutely nothing to do with Skrewdriver. Romper Stomper was an Australian movie about nazi skins starring Russell Crowe. The soundtrack featured a studio band playing some generic Oi type songs. Those songs frequently make their way onto P2P networks mislabelled as Skrewdriver songs.

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

well i don't really listen to emo, but i'd rather listen to bands with passion for music rather than a bunch of smelly gutterpunks who only listen to bands on epitaph as if bad religion are the beatles of our generation...

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

-i'm not the one buying this album. this music = vaginal queefs committed to analogue tape.

Go listen to your emo shit you little jackass.

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

You are one dumb motherfucker

-i'm not the one buying this album. this music = vaginal queefs committed to analogue tape.

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

truly the worst music on the face of the planet.

hardcore lives, punk rock wasn't so lucky.

-You are one dumb motherfucker

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

Question: What ever happened to Mouthwash???

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

truly the worst music on the face of the planet.

hardcore lives, punk rock wasn't so lucky.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

I hate the sc riot squad!

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

I was saying this was mediocre compared to the last releases. There is not of that sweet consistent flow compared to the others. Instead it just sounds a little bit forced, and most of the punk is sub-par compared to the old ones. Orange and Brain Failure have to be the best punk, and Aggrolites and Crhis Murray are the best ska. He really needs to sign those bands instead of the Unseen.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

I went to pick up my lil bro from Middle Schooly yesterday and a kid had a Leftover Crack shirt, you can bet i was laughing my ass off.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

This comp gives me indigestion. The score is for the image of 14 year old kiddies creaming themselves everywhere over this release.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

Nah RAB 1 &2 were.

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

Got this today. One word, mediocre.

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

Psychobilly is the new ska? You're a fucking moron!

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

if only emo/screamo would suffer the same fate.

Anonymous (November 11, 2004)

pyschobilly is the new ska.. give it a year or 2 and it will be dead.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

"I hope to fucking god that the "Romper Stomper" cover by the transplants isn't a cover of Skrewdriver.

If so, someone is gonna get their head smashed in, oi oi oi.

-Ken"

you're an idiot.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

I hope to fucking god that the "Romper Stomper" cover by the transplants isn't a cover of Skrewdriver.

If so, someone is gonna get their head smashed in, oi oi oi.

-Ken

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Maybe that is why Tim started to think about the money. Maybey he is trying to get her back with gold studs.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

anyone whos wondering why the distillers arent on here has been living in a cave for a few years.....

gladimnotemo (November 10, 2004)

THe tracklisting isn't spilt up into 'section' like 2 and 3 was....it's all over the map at once, like the first GETB, and it works sooo well.

Does Orange sound like a really punked-up Libertines to anyone else?

pacer (November 10, 2004)

I haven't heard this yet, but what i will say is that the first GETB comp was so good, that i bought a copy for each one of my friends (i was in france when it came out and got them for like two bucks each for some reason) and every single one of us still listen to it. That silencers song man.... God damn.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

The ska is always the best part of the series.

Plus, isn't it obvious why they wouldn't be on here?

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

What?!?!?

Nothing by The Distillers?!?!?

How can this be?

That's crazy. They sure were the best part of GETB 2.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

tim armstrong fucks young girls.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

that artwork comment was top notch

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Easily worth 5 bucks, good shite-oldpunker-

thirtyseconds (November 10, 2004)

Quality artwork as always.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

So I argued that this didn't deserve a 10 but accidentally gaev it one anyway. I'm so smart.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Hmmmmmmmm. Is this really a 10? "Unreleased" Rancid track has been released at least twice before (on the All Fall Down single and the vinyl version of the album as well I think). Plus that Chris Murray song was on one of the Asian Man comps years ago. Plus lack of unreleased Disasters after two whole years is a major disappointment.

Anonymous (November 10, 2004)

Chinatown is sleeping w/ Jones The Bones...................

aaahhhhhhh! Kill them both!!!!!!!

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Damn, that's a nice show.

Did anyone go to the ska one in LA? Was it any good?

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

This Friday 11/12/04 @ 5pm(doors) ALL AGES @ Axis
The Ducky Boys, The Unseen, Westbound Train, Capital Radio
$12
www.nextticketing.com/axis.html

*first all ages Ducky Boys show in Boston in years
*release show for Hell-Cat Records' "Give Em The Boot 4"
*release show for Ducky Boys "Three Chords And the Truth" (Thorp Records)
*lots of free stuff from Hell-Cat
*all ages but the bar is open for the grown ups.
*it ends early enough to go out drinking
*The Turbonegro movie is playing afterwards

Please pass this along to any friends who might be interested. Thanks.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

hey guys, LARS FREDRIKSEN HAS SKUNX TATTOOED ON HIS HEAD

how funny is that?

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Yes, that's here, but what about his lable?

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

onetruebill....Best Buy? Come on. Surely you're being sarcastic. which is what i used to think you were doing all the time, but then i caught on and realized youre just a moron.....Score is for this awesome comp. All you punk police can shut up about Armstrong and the Transplants and "Viking" and everything else hellcat related that youve had a problem with in the last 2 years or so. Tim has assembled a near-flawless collection of bands here and its the best 5 bucks youll spend this year.
ps- gonna start an argument here, i know, but i for one am looking forward to the new Transplants album.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Where are they silencers?

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

The first Give 'Em the Boot was goddamn awesome.

The Silencers!!!

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

"Does anyone elses CD not play the songs from the Ducky Boys, SC Drunx, or Pressure Point? I tried it on three different CD players but none of the songs play. They can't even be imported to my computer. Is this a manufacturing problem or a lone CD problem?"

they work on mine.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

You should write reviews instead of Kirby.

joeg (November 9, 2004)

"Anyone else notice that according to the notes, Jen Johnson is now back in F-Minus, and now they're a three guitar band? HOLY SHIT"

no kidding? that's awesome. jen and erica can go back to the dual vocals on white collar crime. this band is so underrated. i think i'll review one of their records. they need to release some new shit but kinda doubtful right now as brad is touring with leftover crack.

TheOneTrueBill (November 9, 2004)

important stuff here

Does anyone elses CD not play the songs from the Ducky Boys, SC Drunx, or Pressure Point? I tried it on three different CD players but none of the songs play. They can't even be imported to my computer. Is this a manufacturing problem or a lone CD problem?

niveK82 (November 9, 2004)

For reviews of v/a cds Ithink it would be awesom if the reviewer posted the tracks in a list so it is easier at a glance to read.

??Killing Zone,? Rancid
??Dirty Reggae,? the Aggrolites
??Atomic,? Tiger Army
??Propaganda,? the Slackers
??Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill,? Roger Miret and the Disasters
??Lost Paradise,? U.S. Roughnecks
??Caught In Between,? F-Minus
??Marshall Law,? Die Hunns
??I??m Shipping Up To Boston,? Dropkick Murphys
??1%,? Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards
??That??s What I Know,? Brain Failure
??Let There Be Peace,? Chris Murray
??Dead Bodies,? Nekromantix
??Romper Stomper? (remix), Transplants
??Junco Partner? (live), Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
??No Rest for the Weekend,? Orange
??Dia De Los Muertos,? Rezurex
??Waste of Time,? the Unseen
??Break Me,? Ducky Boys
??Where They Wander,? HorrorPops
??S.C Drunx,? South Central Riot Squad
??Trauma,? Mercy Killers
??Skinwalkers,? 12 Step Rebels
??Wasted Life,? the Escaped
??Rise Up,? Pressure Point
??Room To Breathe,? Westbound Train

adam (November 9, 2004)

Note though that ??Junco Partner" is in fact not a Clash original, it was by New Orleans based pianist James Booker. The original is quite rad too.

-adam

adam (November 9, 2004)

"But I'll fucking skank till the day I die."

I'll drink to that.

A big thank you to the Hellcat folks for getting Chris Murray on here. It's nice to see a good mix of quality ska and punk on a Give Em The Boot comp again. The first two I love dearly, the third seemed a bit half-baked to me, but this one puts the series back on top.

-adam

TheOneTrueBill (November 9, 2004)

Anyone else notice that according to the notes, Jen Johnson is now back in F-Minus, and now they're a three guitar band? HOLY SHIT!!

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Yes, they are some of the best comps out there. Very well put together. I forsee psychobilly going the way of ska, except not as fast sadly.

Not-To-Regret (November 9, 2004)

"Ska doesn't sell anymore"

But I'll fucking skank till the day I die. Suicide Machines is hands down the best live show I've EVER seen.

gladimnotemo (November 9, 2004)

People give crap to Tim Armstrong and crew all the time, but I mean...you can't argue that Give Em the Boot is probably one of the top compliation series ever....

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Ska doesn't sell anymore...

-BSD

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

"no king django????

no dice."

I was thinking the same thing. They should have never dropped him. Same goes for Dave Hillyard's act.

Score is for lack of ska compared to previous editions. Hellcat has strayed.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

Score is for Chris Murray to finally get the mainstream exposure that he deserves.

I give a one for people who buy punk at major outlets. Shame on you.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

no king django????

no dice.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

excellent compilation - well worth the $5

pwfanatic (November 9, 2004)

.....10 for a comp? granted, i give too high of scores some times, but i don't think its this good....

kenjamin (November 9, 2004)

A compilation can never get a 10. Never!

Crookedsuperhero (November 9, 2004)

This looks good.

I'm going to buy it.

Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

socre is for the Ducky Boys

TheOneTrueBill (November 9, 2004)

I was wondering if this came out today or not. Best Buy here I come.

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