Strumpet originally started out as a joke by three Aberdeen girls who were all in their mid-teens. By hyping themselves up through internet postings, the trio got their name from a word they found in the thesaurus under the word "whore." Eventually taking their joke to the point of booking a show, Elizabeth (vocals) and Helen (bass) recruited John on drums while their former manager, Joe, took up the guitar for the purpose of actually writing some real songs. Resulting in a collection of three chord punk that looked up to the Rezillos and the Ramones, Strumpet would actually be compared to the likes of the Breeders and Sleater-Kinney after a handful of gigs. Alphabetty Records eventually signed the band and released Strumper's debut EP in the spring of 2000 as a split with the Kenadas.
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