I’ve lost count of how many D.O.A. collections chart the damage to date, but it was two of them that started me out on my lifelong relationship with D.O.A. After hearing their contributions to the ‘Let Them Eat Jellybeans’, ‘Rat Music For Rat People’ and ‘Eastern Front’ compilations, I picked up the ‘Positively’ EP from my local independent record dive, and always remember that spring morning in 1984 when I received their first LP collection ‘Bloodied But Unbowed’ (with poster and badges) along with Hüsker Dü’s ‘Land Speed Record’ that I’d ordered from Alternative Tentacles London office.
It wasn’t long before I was bouncing around my box room to ‘Fuck You’ and ‘Smash the State’, and from here on in I bought every D.O.A. record I could get my hands on, spending years tracking down early rarities, and following each release as they came out, for better or for worse. There was always something about D.O.A.’s spirit of political resistance coupled with their fuck you attitude and cool sneering photos that really chimed with this high school kid, off his face on Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and any American hardcore he could get his hands on in 1984.
On offer here are 21 songs gleaned from various demos and singles, so not only do you get the classic 7″ versions of the likes of ‘World War 3’, ‘Disco Sucks’ and ‘Fucked Up Ronnie’, you also get treated to totally unreleased demo songs like ‘Bored and Suicidal’ and ‘Rip Dis Joint’, along with a few like ‘No God, No War’ and ‘Rent-A-Riot’ that may or not be the versions previously appeared on ‘The Lost Tapes’ in 1998. To round things off you also get ‘Kill, Kill, This Is Pop’ their contribution to legendary Vancouver punk compilation LP ‘Vancouver Complication’.
One thing is for sure; the classics are here, with nine songs from those rare old 7″s. Some demo songs sound like alternative mixes but are probably just similar sounding due to the proficiency of these trail blazing road warriors. And it’s not just limited to ‘1978’ material either, some of the songs turned up on later releases like ‘No Way Out’ and ‘Liar For Hire’. So all in all, you have a collection for both the old fans and new.
Does the world need another D.O.A. collection? Probably not. Will I buy the vinyl when I find it in my local independent record dive? Without a doubt.