By Sarah Bennett
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Do you think there's an OC sound?
I think there's definitely an OC sound. You hear it so much in music now. Social Distortion and the Adolescents and Agent Orange created an OC punk-alternative sound, especially some certain guitar riffs that you hear and just think, "Oh, my God! That's the Adolescents!" or "Oh, my God, they sound so much like Social Distortion!" And even now, I can hear bands emulating the Offspring.
Some people think the only music in OC is punk and ska.
It's funny you mention that because I haven't done much ska. I've done very little because it's such an all-ages music. There has always been punk since I've owned this club and even before that-at least 10 years before that.
What are your feelings about ska?
Ska is fun music. It's happy. Kids love it.
Do you like it, though?
Sure. Especially old, traditional ska. It's fabulous. I haven't heard a ska band I really don't like. I don't really go to many ska shows, though. I tend not to go to all-ages shows because they're so hot! But it's a great scene. My nephew's into it; I buy him records and take him to see shows like that. There's room for all different types of music in this scene, so the more the merrier. If it's good-quality music with good musicians with good hearts that want to make people happy, it sounds great to me.
What do you think about the swing revival?
I think it's great. God, it's about time. That's one of the music scenes that took 50 years to come back around. I think it's wonderful. I love swing dancing, and I love that kind of music. I don't know if I particularly like some of the bands that are at the top-I won't name names-but there's one in particular that I think is just not as talented as they could be for where they are. I think Brian Setzer is probably one of the top ones that I like to listen to because I think he has a lot of style, and he does it his way, which I think is great. He's not trying to emulate anybody. I think Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is awesome. I think Royal Crown Revue have been totally underrated as a swing band; they should be where that other band is that I won't mention-and I think you know who I'm talking about. This band right now is just on top of the swing scene; they're okay. But Royal Crown Revue has just paid so many more dues. I don't know that much about that other band, so I won't talk about them. I don't like to bag on people, so I don't want to go there with that.
If you could have any band play the Doll Hut, who would it be?
I would love to have the Dead Kennedys here. That would just be so amazing. That would be my favorite punk band to ever play here.
What are your thoughts on women in rock right now?
I think there's a lot of attention being paid to women in rock, which is great. Unfortunately, I think some of it is so similar that I can't tell some of these women apart, you know? That's unfortunate. I'm hearing a lot of women play really poppy, melodic, acoustic-type stuff-which is good-but not many women playing harder music. Harder alternative music is what I think we're lacking.