K Records is reissuing Girl Trouble’s 1988 debut album, Hit It or Quit It, on December 3. A band too cool for its time (for most times, actually — they’re pretty damn cool) but not too cool for weird top hats, Girl Trouble are a Tacoma, WA four-piece with roots firmly in garage, punk, and mean surf (vs. non-mean, sunny poppy Beach Boysian surf). Now 25 years after its initial release, the band is still together and rockin’ the Pacific Northwest, practicing in the same shed behind certain band members’ parents’ house that they’ve been gathering in for several decades.
The reissue has 11 glorious original songs, a cover of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ classic “Steppin’ Out,” plus two, previously unreleased bonus tracks. The album was recorded on only the finest in sound engineering equipment: a $70 Sears surplus store drum kit and the band’s plywood speaker cabinets, for that raucous, pseudo “live” sound. Fun fact: Hit It or Quit It was originally a co-release between K and Sub Pop, and Sub Pop’s first ever LP release.
Hit It or Quit It tracklisting:
01. Wreckin’ Ball
03. Hot Monkey Love
05. Hurt Your Heart
06. Old Time Religion
07. Steppin’ Out
08. Follow Me Down
09. She No Rattle My Cage
10. The Skin
11. My Baby’s Gone
12. Where’s The Loser?
13. White Lightning [Previously unreleased]
14. Shakin’ All Over [Previously unreleased]