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DVD – Give ‘Em The Boot

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DVD Give Em the Boot: Film By Tim Armstrong

82 minutes of music
released August 2, 2005
Hellcat Films

You have to wonder if Joe Strummer knew that he would be used to help sell a DVD og punk artists when he appeared with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong in the opening scene. The footage is very grainy and the audio is assisted with subtitles. You can’t actually hear Strummer’s final words, but a clean take would have been so cynically corporate, right?

Rancid are the main feature here, but there’s oodles of concert footage and rare performances of several Hellcat Records artists. Rancid is up first with their insanely catchy “Ruby Soho” track from 1995’s …And Out Come The Wolves. It consists of live footage from several shows around the world and also introduces all the groups who appear on the DVD. Some of the bands just don’t do anything for me. Tiger Army’s “Never Die” (from 1999’s Tiger Army)was an exercise in power and speed, but the song didn’t grab me at all. Still, the live scenes show pools of kids bopping along and having a ball. The same can be said of the female-fronted F-Minus.

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros offer up The Clash’s “Rudie Can’t Fail” (1980’s London Calling) which only makes me wish I had actually seen The Clash, or Strummer.

One of the treats is an acoustic rendering of Rancid’s “Roots Radicals”, complete with an explanation about how it’s a song about taking the bus.

Nekromantix have some of the coolest haircuts you can imagine, and are an eye-catching band live. On “Gargoyles Over Copenhagen”, the bass player sports a coffin-shaped upright bass. The song itself doesn’t quite do the band justice, however. Iggy Pop and Davey Havok (from AFI)show up, as well.

What’s the purpose behind this DVD? Was it a tribute to Joe Strummer? No, although they do have one for him towards the end. It just seems like “Give ‘Em The Boot” is meant to market Hellcat Records’ artists on the shoulders of the popular Rancid. There’s not enough discussion with the bands about their songs or the inspriation behind their music. And, unless you are a serious Rancid fan, you might the footage of them overwhelmed the other groups. There are ten Rancid performances out of 25 songs. Among my favorite performers were The Slackers, and The Dropkick Murphy.

Rancid – Ruby Soho
Tiger Army – Never Die
F-Minus – Light At The End
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Rudie Can’t Fail
Rancid – Roots Radicals (acoustic)
Rancid – Maxwell Murder
Nekromantix – Gargoyes Over Copenhagen
U.S. Boms – U.S. Bombs
Transplants – One Seventeen
Guitar Joe
Rancid – As Wicked
Rancid – Old Friend
Rancid and Iggy Pop – No Fun (acoustic)
The Slackers – And I Wonder
Horrorprops – Julia
Roger Miret and The Disasters – CrucifiedDropkick Murphy – Good Rats
Rancid – Red Hot Moon
Rancid – Rate In The Hallway
Rancid – Bloodclot
Lars Frederiksen and The Bastards – SkunxNerve Agents – Evil
Joe Stummer tribute
Tim and Davey Havok – Knowledge
Rancid – Radio
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Minstrel Boy

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Almost weekly, Triniman catches new movies, and adds one or two CDs to his collection. Due to time constraints, he blogs about only 5% of the CDs, books and DVDs that he purchases. Holed up in the geographic centre of North America, the cultural mecca of Canada, and the sunniest city north of the 49th, Winnipeg, Triniman blogs a bit when he's not swatting mosquitoes, shoveling snow or golfing.
  • I’d probably watch this if it were free.

    That is all.

  • SFC Ski

    DVD’s that feature non-commercial bands are just another way for labels like Hellcat to provide something for the fans. Considering your not likely to see any of these bands on TRL, this is a good alternative.

  • I suppose you are right, SFC Ski. I just wish the DVD had some kind of theme to it.

  • Since so much of what’s on there is Rancid plus several tracks by Strummer and Dropkick Murphys – all of whom are just excellent – you can probably survive the few bits by less well-known bands. Why Rancid has never become a top-40 act has always puzzled me.


  • Dave Nalle is a middle-aged right-wing punk rocker?

    I love me some Rancid too, though, so I would still watch this for free.

    That is all.

  • I love that line in “Roots Radical”:

    I started thinking /
    You know I started drinking /
    Don’t really remember too much of that day

    Great nihilistic and Clash-inspired anthems from those Rancid boys.

  • It must have been so great to be growing up in Berkeley/Oakland around that time (early – mid 90s) when there was a thriving punk scene around Gilman Street. I was in the Bay area during one summer of high school and I remember being blown away at the energy of the punk scene there. It really almost felt like there was a thriving counter-culture, and although I’m aware now that a lot of it was probably carryover from and rebellion against the hippie parents those East Bay kids all grew up with, it was pretty awesome.

    That is all.

  • Stefffeh

    I love give em the boot!


  • Stefffeh

    Micky likes men

  • HeffeH

    Give em the boot is one of my favourite dvds ever.
    The Roots Radical Acousstic version is amazing. I love it.
    Tim Armstrong is my idle i cant wait to see him in November along with Lars, Matt and Brett.


    Joe Strummer is a legend =]


  • I think the best bands in this video ate The Horropops and Nekromantix!Check them out if you haven’t already….

  • Watty

    i love rancid and since watching give em the boot i got into alot of the other bands on it! thats the whold idea of the dvd and it worked for me