D.O.A. - 1978-1981: Smash Thestate

Editors' review

June 20, 2017

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The early days of veteran maple leaf punks

Twenty-nine years on, and DOA continue to plot their singular course as the grandaddies of Canadian punk. By virtue of their sheer longevity, Vancouver’s greatest cultural export long ago graduated to the revered status of punk royalty, when the city’s mayor declared 21 December DOA Day on the band’s 25th anniversary in 2003. Tirelessly fronted by the indestructible Joey ‘Shithead’ Keithley, and hugely influential as trailblazers alongside Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat, DOA’s blend of anti-authoritarian tirades and sussed roots activism has long been neatly summed up by their no-bullshit credo of “Talk-Action=O”. This compilation of vintage live footage features the original line-up (Keithley, Chuck Biscuits (later of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Danzig and Social Distortion), Randy Rampage and Dave Gregg) cranking it out in typical no-nonsense style at a variety San Francisco venues in 1980 and 1981. It winds up with some way-back-in-the-day material shot at the Anarchist Anti Canada Day rally from July 1978, which, among other things, features Joey modelling his “Racism Sucks” German helmet and a stand-off with members of the Vancouver Police Department’s motorcycle division. Period stuff, indeed.

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