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Hellcat Records

Hellcat Records
Parent company Epitaph Records
Founded 1997
Founder Tim Armstrong
Distributor(s) RED (US), ADA (US), eOne Music (CAN)
Genre Hardcore, Oi!, Psychobilly, Punk, Ska, Street punk
Country of origin US
Location Los Angeles
Official website http://www.hell-cat.com

Hellcat Records is an independent record label based in Los Angeles. The label, an offshoot of Epitaph Records, was started as a partnership between Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion, the owner of Epitaph, and Tim Armstrong of Rancid, the latter of whom is generally responsible for signing the bands.

The label specializes in ska, punk, oi!, psychobilly and hardcore bands. Give 'Em the Boot, a Hellcat label sampler which also includes tracks from other up-and-coming independent bands, has been issued every other year since 1997, with the exceptions of the third release which was released 3 years after the second and the last one, which was released one year after the one before it.

Contents

  • Films 1
  • Bands 2
    • Active roster 2.1
    • Former bands 2.2
  • Controversy 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Films

In 2005, a Give 'Em the Boot DVD was released, featuring tour footage of numerous Hellcat bands.

On January 15, 2006, the label released Live Freaky! Die Freaky!, a full-length film produced by Tim Armstrong and filmed using marionettes. The plot involves Charlie Manson's story being misinterpreted by a nomad in a post-apocalyptic Earth. It features the voice talents of the members of Rancid, Green Day, AFI and The Transplants, among numerous others.

Bands

Active roster

Former bands

Controversy

Hellcat Records has been involved in a feud with one of its former bands, Leftöver Crack, over censorship issues. Leftöver Crack wanted their 2001 debut album to be titled Shoot the Kids at School, with the cover art depicting a gun-toting arm aiming at a playground. In the aftermath of the Columbine High School massacre, the plant pressing the record and labels, not Hellcat, refused to allow this so the band titled their album Mediocre Generica in protest, as a veiled reference to what they viewed as the mediocrity of the bands on Hellcat's label. This incident ultimately led to Leftöver Crack departing from the label, regardless of who was responsible for the choice.

After leaving the label, Leftöver Crack has accused Hellcat Records of promoting sexism and homophobia within the punk community. Their accusations are based on allegedly homophobic lyrics by the now-departed U.S. Bombs, Hellcat's attempted signing of controversial reggae artist Buju Banton and Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards' allegedly sexist lyrics and use of naked women in label art.[1] Leftöver Crack have also addressed these issues explicitly in their song "Gay Rude Boys Unite". The song accuses the punk scene of being homophobic, and was written in response to perceived homophobic artists on Hellcat Records.[1]

Rancid and the label were met with some backlash for the release of Rancid's 2003 album, Indestructible, which was jointly released through Hellcat Records and major label Warner Bros. To ease tension among the fans, Warner's name or logo was nowhere to be found on the album's packaging, only the Hellcat Records logo.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Interview with Stza of Leftöver Crack".  

External links

  • Civet signs to Hellcat Records
  • Official site
  • Official Hellcat fan site
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