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Hepcat

Out of Nowhere

Moon Ska MR032 CD/CS, released 1993/1995

Hellcat 80425-2 CD, released 2004

Hellcat HEP-027 2xLP, released 2018

Hepcat sprang forth from the L.A. ska scene and quickly became one of the third wave bands with the greatest depth of sound, not to mention one of the most entertaining live shows. Out of Nowhere was a great debut. The production could have been better, but the songs shine through. Prior to 2018, it was only ever released on CD, though it did come out several times. The first pressing can be identified by the earlier Moon Records logo on the front cover. This was later replaced by the Moon Ska logo on the 1995 pressing. The cassette version also exists with each of the two Moon logos. Hellcat later put out a remastered version with different artwork. That version contains contained some bonus tracks: first, the two songs from the Nigel 7". Then, there were also two hidden tracks at the end of "Club Mediation." One of those was "Doo Wop Heaven at Midnight", which basically sounds like Hepcat screwing around in the studio. The other is "Ooh Ooh A-Hi Hi" from the California Ska-Quake compilation. That was always one of my favorite early Hepcat tracks.

In 2018, we finally got our first ever vinyl version of Out of Nowhere. Hepcat put it out themselves (licensed from Hellcat). It was limited to 1,000 numbeed copies. This was a double LP release, though: the second disc was a dub version of the album (labeled "Dub Outta Nowhere"). The first disc was on black vinyl and the second was on a light blue marble vinyl, and came in an inner sleeve with cool, custom artwork. This one got really expensive really quickly. The price has fluctuated wildly this year, though.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Moon Ska MR032 CD (1st) 8-12 5 Down
Moon Ska MR032 CD (2nd) 3-5 3 Down
Hellcat 80425-2 CD 5-8 5 Stable
Hellcat HEP-027 2xLP 1xBlack/1xBlue Marble 45-90 3 Volatile
Out of Nowhere LP
Dub Outta Nowhere Inner Sleeve
Dub Outta Nowhere LP
Credits Charlie Leonard: Cassette information.

This page was last updated on November 19, 2019.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

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