5.12.2024

D.O.A

 









"unreleased tracks"
Year:  1978
Country:  Canada
City:  Vancouver
Label:  Sudden Death
Format:  2 x LP
Tracks:  21
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk













Originally formed in 1978, D.O.A. has been led from the beginning by singer/guitarist Joe Keithley, (aka Joey Shithead), who has been joined by a wide variety of other bandmates through the years (including future Black Flag, Danzig, Social Distortion drummer Chuck Biscuits), although guitarist Dave Gregg was present for much of the hijinks up until 1990. The same year as their formation, D.O.A. issued a debut EP, Disco Sucks, before following it up with a pair of full-lengths that many longtime fans consider D.O.A.'s classic recordings, 1980s Something Better Change and 1981's Hardcore '81 (a popular compilation of both releases plus early tracks reared its head in 1984, as Bloodied But Unbowed). Since the beginning Keithley has been unafraid to voice his political opinions (a renowned D.O.A. slogan among their faithful is "TALK-ACTION= 0"), which at one point, landed him in jail. D.O.A. would go on to sporadically issue albums throughout the '80s and '90s (including such highlights as 1982's War on 45, 1985's The Dawning of a New Error, 1993's Loggerheads, etc.). The group also found time to collaborate with another outspoken punk leader, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, on 1990s Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors. Like Biafra before him, Keithley took the plunge and attempted to enter politics, running as a candidate in Canadian provincial and civic elections for the Green Party in 1996. Keithley also runs his own indie record company, Sudden Death Records, and issued an autobiography in late 2003, titled I, Shithead: A Life in Punk. D.O.A. continues strong to this day, as evidenced by such releases as 2002's Win the Battle. As a result of Keithley's hard work, D.O.A. is often name-checked as an important influence by other hardcore/punk bands, including such notables as Green Day, the Offspring, Rancid, and Propagandhi, among others (by Greg Prato ).
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"the lost tapes"
Year:  1979
Label:  Sudden Death
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  28 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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"something better change"
Year:  1980
Label:  Sudden Death
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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"let's wreck the party"
Year:  1985
Label:  Alternative Tentacles
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:   36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Heavy Metal








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"true north, strong and free"
Year:  1987
Label:  Sony music
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk / Hard Rock








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JELLO BIAFRA + DOA
"last scream of the missing neighbors"
Year:  1989
Label:  Alternative Tentacles
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  6
Time.  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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"murder"
Year:  1990
Label:  Restless
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock















By the time of this 1990 release, D.O.A. was quite a distance from their peak '80s form. The best years were behind them, for sure, but the Canadian rockers still had plenty left to say. Sonically, there's nothing surprising about "murder". The songs are perhaps a little more political than most of their '80s issue material, but only voracious lyric-readers will notice the difference. Highlights include the rambunctious "the agony and the ecstasy" and a truly sinister cover version of "the midnight special" that is probably the record's best cut. The world of bands had already witnessed several generational shifts before this Restless Records offering hit the streets, and even more new artists were waiting on deck, as the punk landscape would quickly become overcrowded with bands who might not even have heard of D.O.A. In such a competitive climate, it's good to know that this traditional hard rocck with some punk touches. outfit had the courage to stick to their early format so many years after their commercial heyday. Definitely an essential album, which has superb production and brilliant sound quality.
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"13 flavours of doom"
Year:  1992
Label:  Alternative Tentacles
Format:  LP, CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  43 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Hard Rock








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"loggerheads"
Year:  1993
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock








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"the black spot"
Year:  1995
Label:  Virgin
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time.  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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"festival of atheists"
Year:  1998
Label:  Sudden Death
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk / Hard Rock








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"win the battle"
Year:  2002
Label:  Sudden Death
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk / Hard Rock








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"northern avenger"
Year:  2008
Label:  Sudden Death
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  48 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Hardcore








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"we come in peace"
Year:  2012
Label:  Sudden Death
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Hardcore








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"hard rain failling"
Year:  2015
Label:  Sudden Death
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Hardcore








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"fight back"
Year:  2018
Label:  Sudden Death
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Hardcore








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