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Hardcore '81

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  • Audio CD (18 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bad Dog
  • ASIN: B00009L85V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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DOA have never really quite got the attention and credit they've long deserved for their contributions to spreading hardcore punk across North America, but the long-overdue re-release of their classic 2nd album should hopefully set that straight. They began way back in early '78, in Vancouver, BC, Canada and after a slew of fantastic but hard-to-find early singles and EP's, released their fantastic debut album "Something Better Change" in 1980 and then this short but sweet gem the following year. They toured just as hard (if not harder) than Black Flag and Dead Kennedys and did just as much to take punk rock to every little backwoods town in North America, as well as the major cities. Although the term "hardcore" had been mentioned in punk circles before (to indicate a stark difference between "real" punk and the skinny-tie posing of the new-wavers), this was the first time the word was broadly linked to the punk scene, and this collection of fast, short, snappy, tight and crisp songs defined the sound, direction and political awareness we associate with hardcore today. This is a great set of anthemic, wonderfully played songs that still sound fresh today, which includes a raucous cover of Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown" and some decent liner-notes from guitarist Joe "Sh*thead" Keithley. With Keithley's knockout riffs and trademark rasping-drawl vocals, Randy Rampage's tight-as-a-hamster basslines, Dave Gregg's great rhythm guitar and Chuck Biscuits' (who also played with Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Social Distortion, Misfits and Danzig among others!!!Read more ›
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Not Ronseal! A true Hardcore classic. This was my first proper intro to D.O.A and it is such a fantastic album. The vocals, the gnarly guitars and especially the precision drumming of Chuck Biscuits all make for an awesome sound. This album and this band totally rock!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x903a6a14) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x902598a0) out of 5 stars one of canada's best punk albums of all time 18 Dec. 2002
By philippe aerts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this lp-long out of print, is in fact a mini album.It contains not only DOA's best songs ever-it is the perfect DOA album. All
14 tracks are killer with no filler to 'sum' it up....there is even
a hilarious version of Led Zeppelin's 'Communication Breakdown". If one has to own two killer canadian punk cds
this album coupled with their first album 'something better change' -THIS IS IT..It gets also a perfect score.Burnaby's finest-DOA are
legends.A band ive always loved -Now if only they rereleased The Subhumans catalogue (1978 to 1983) on
Sudden Death Records,I'd be totally thrilled.These long out
of print albums are sorely missed and need to see the light
of day once again.I love this band....
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x907ed2b8) out of 5 stars Fantastic Album 22 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you like your music loud fast and abrasive, this is the album you must get. DOA is a great band, and this thier best album. It is a non-stop flurry accented by great drumming by Chuck Biscuits. This album should be mandatory listening for anyone who wants to know what true punk music is all about.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x902590cc) out of 5 stars Still as vibrant as the day it came it out 8 May 2009
By Art101 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit I'm a little biased - I've been listening to DOA for over 30 years. This is their best album. I feel it has all the ingredients of a great punk album - loud, raw music, anti-establishment music, and humour. This is a band at its best - full of energy, make statements and doing it all with an attitude that can't be faked.

The CD has bonus songs from later EP's and don't really fit in with album, but they do fill the CD up and will guide the new listener to later work by this great band. Is this the best punk album ever? Listen to it a few times, let it grow on you and decide for yourself.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9839af90) out of 5 stars 2011 version, no bonus tracks 20 Jun. 2013
By Bangsmith - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent album, but the above track listing is wrong. The 2002 version had the four BBC tracks at the end, as shown above. The 2011 remaster has only the original album, and that is the only version available as of June 2013!
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HASH(0x91498aec) out of 5 stars Sad when it ends, 4 Mar. 2014
By Decker - Published on Amazon.com
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DOA is arguably the greatest Punk band that came out of Canada. So for all Punk and Hardcore fans this EP is a must have. All the tracks are great especially the opener and their creative cover of Communication Breakdown. I was pretty bummed when it ended after I first put it in. They're definitely up there with bands like Minor Threat and the Germs when it comes to the influence they've had in Punk Rock.
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