Goodbye, Lookout! Records: A Tribute in 10 Songs
"I Wanna Be A Homosexual," Screeching Weasel
We're pretty sure this is one of the greatest punk rock songs ever written. This snotty, melodic slice of absurdist aggression called out every closet homophobe in the scene ("Why don't you admit you don't have the balls to be a queer?"), laughed at them, then loudly declared punk rock a gay-friendly zone. Screeching Weasel didn't just say homosexuality was to be accepted, they said it was to be aspired to -- and they put a smile on everyone's faces while they were at it. Absolutely brilliant.
By Christ, we miss riot grrrl.
"Unity," Operation Ivy
It's hard to remember sometimes that ska-punk was genuinely fucking cool at one point. And the genre owed a lot of its early street cred to Op Ivy -- the first band to shine a light on the talents of the always charismatic Tim Armstrong. His current band, Rancid, still covers this track in their live sets, and Green Day covers Op Ivy's other most-remembered song, "Knowledge," in theirs. Literally, a classic.
"Punk Rock Girls," The Queers
We know it's stupid and flippant, but if "Punk Rock Girls" doesn't make you want to dance like an eight-year-old at a birthday party who's high on cake, there's something wrong with you. It's just so... cute!
"Scuffle Town," Avail
Witnessing this raucous ode to Avail's Richmond, Virginia hometown, live, is one of the most joyful experiences a gig-goer can ever have. Didn't matter where, didn't matter how many people were watching, Avail kicked ass live in a manner that is fondly remembered all over the world -- and they always kicked it up an extra notch for "Scuffle Town." Sure, you came out of it with two black eyes and and a broken wrist, but you didn't care because you just saw magic happen. We miss you, Avail. Very, very much.
"Do You Wanna Hit It?" The Donnas
Once they quit going on and on endlessly about the fact that they were teenage girls, The Donnas got really eff'n likeable. All solid riffs and unshakeable sass and we-can-play-just-as-good-as-the-boys attitude (and they sure could). Thanks for bringing them to us, Lookout!.
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
It's unlike anything else Lookout! Records ever put out, but gosh darn it, The Tyranny Of Distance is gorgeous.
"Isolation Burns," Spitboy
Articulators of female struggle, hatred of patriarchy, and the ongoing fight for equality, Spitboy were a fucking godsend for alternative women everywhere and absolutely terrifying for almost everyone else. Thanks for never sugar-coating anything, ladies. We love you.
"2000 Light Years Away," Green Day
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