When I was a young teenager just starting to fall in love with punk rock I had limited funds. I babysat the neighbor’s kids but let’s face it, if the parents don’t want a date-night, I wasn’t getting paid.
So my unstable income predicament paired with my burning desire to have an epic music collection left me at an impasse. For those of you who forgot what the early 2000’s looked like, CDs were still a thing especially when you really, really, really liked album art.
Being the stellar problem solver I am, I found a solution, well a compromise actually. Every other year Hellcat Records would release a compilation CD called “Give ‘Em the Boot”. They sold for under 10$, it had a whole bunch of badass tracks from a whole bunch of bands I had never heard of. The best part was, each CD came with a glorious black and white poster for my teenage bedroom wall.
During this time, YouTube was still in its infancy, Spotify was still a distant dream, this was my way of discovering new music. A lot of the bands I discovered on Give ‘Em the Boot are still some of my favorite bands today: Dropkick Murphys, HorrorPops, Rancid, Tiger Army, Distillers. My Give ‘Em the Boot collection, still sits in my living room and follows me on roadtrips.
Being an awkward, shy and kind of weird teenage girl, Distillers and HorrorPops held a special place in my heart. They showed me that sexy ladies can be badass, awesome, rock a guitar or a giant friggin’ upright bass. They enforced that punk rock ladies wouldn’t have be reduced to being on the sideline or a groupie. I learned to play their songs, found other girls like me ready to unleash the badassery, and did the only natural thing, started a punk band.
We didn’t get further than our high school auditorium, but it was awesome. It turns out a career in music was not quite our calling, but after high school we all set off to find our creative niche. Confident, weird and awesome.