- Hellcat Records
Infobox record label
name = Hellcat Records
founded = 1997
genre = Hardcore,
Oi!, Psychobilly, Punk, Ska, Street punk
country = US
Los Angeles, California
url = http://www.hell-cat.com
Hellcat Records is an independent
record labelbased in Los Angeles, California. The label, an off-shoot of Epitaph Records, was started as a partnership between the owner of Epitaph, Brett Gurewitzfrom Bad Religionand Tim Armstrongof Rancid, the latter of whom is generally responsible for signing the bands.
The label specializes in
ska, punk, oi!, psychobillyand 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.
2005, a " Give 'Em the Boot DVD" was released, featuring tour footage of numerous Hellcat bands.
January 15, 2006, the label released " Live Freaky! Die Freaky!", a full-length movie produced by Tim Armstrong, and filmed using marionettes. The plot involves Charlie Manson's story being misinterpreted by a nomad in a post-apocalypticEarth, and features the voice talents of the members of Rancid, Green Day, and The Transplants, among numerous others.
This list includes bands which are currently active on Hellcat.
This list includes now defunct bands that finished their careers on Hellcat.
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards
The Nerve Agents
Operation Ivy (band)
The following bands have either departed to other record labels or were dropped.
*Dave Hillyard and the Rocksteady Seven
Roger Miret and the Disasters
Hellcat Records has been involved in a feud with one of its former bands,
Leftöver Crack, over censorship issues. Leftöver Crack wanted their 2001debut 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, 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.
After leaving the label, Leftöver Crack has accused Hellcat Records of promoting
sexismand homophobiawithin 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. [ [http://www.punknews.org/article/20977 Punknews.org interview with Stza of Leftöver Crack] ]
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* [http://www.hell-cat.com/news/article/113 Civet signs to Hellcat Records]
* [http://www.hell-cat.com/ Official site]
* [http://hellcatpunx.net/ Official Hellcat fan site]
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