Twenty-five years ago Sub Pop released its first LP, a split release with the Olympia, Wash. label K Records. What is lost to some is the fact that the first Sub Pop LP was not a “grunge” classic, but a blistering blast of garage rock from the Tacoma, Wash. quartet, Girl Trouble.
On December 3rd, K will reissue Hit It or Quit It, the debut full-length by Girl Trouble, in celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary. Hit It or Quit It was originally issued in 1988 at a time when garage, or garage-punk was not mass-culture “cool”; a decade before the White Stripes, the Hives, and all the other “the” bands of the late 90s.
The reissue includes eleven original songs, one Northwest classic “Steppin’ Out” by Paul Revere & The Raiders, and two bonus tracks. To keep the energy level up and the over-production level down, these songs were recorded “live” – using the band’s plywood speaker cabinets and a drum set purchased for $70 from the Sears surplus store – with only an occasional added guitar or vocal track. With the minimal pounding of Bon’s drums, the steady cool of Dale on bass, the buzzsaw scream from Kahuna’s Ouija guitar, and the rabid rock ‘n’ roll stylings of K.P. Kendall, Girl Trouble continues playing throughout the Northwest, 30-plus years on.
The band was recently the subject of a kickstarter funded documentary film, due out sometime in 2014.