New D.O.A. song and video released today!

April 28th, 2016 Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

Fucked Up Donald

Purchase the song on iTunes.         Watch the video on YouTube.         Read a review at Dangerous Minds

Can it get worse before it gets better? Good question? D.O.A., Canada’s punk pioneers think it can get worse. So that’s why they have re-visited one of their classic tunes.

The end result is a blazing 85 second punk rock commentary on Donald Trump, not so surprisingly entitled Fucked Up Donald. D.O.A., one of the top protest bands of all time take the Donald to task for anti-Mexican, anti-women, stances amongst his many other egregious ill-informed opinions. The end result will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Joe Shithead Keithley, Paddy Duddy and Mike Hodsall, the Men of Action, obviously were ready, as they slammed this frantic piece of “Let’s fight this bullshit!” down in 15 minutes flat with producer Cecil English (No Means No, D.O.A., Jello Biafra, The Smalls)

The B side. B side? Funny in a download sense, but just as necessary in a moral sense, is D.O.A.’s version of Barry McGuire’s immortal Eve of Destruction. It’s hard hitting and of course very timely as well.


Fucked Up Donald
You’re fucked up Donald
You’re not gonna last
You’ve spent your whole life
Just talking out your ass

You’re fucked up Donald
You’re fucked up Donald
You’re fucked up Donald
You’re fucked up Donald

He wants to be Prez
But he don’t have a clue
He’ll build a wall
And punish women too

He’ll nuke Korea
And bomb Iran
And when he cuts a deal
We’ll get scammed



May 3rd, 2016 Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

D.O.A. will be playing a show with The Dickies, Damnation, The Skulls and The Sanities on May 26th at Festival Hall in Santa Ana California.

May 26th 2016 - D.O.A. with The Dickies and more.

April 6th, 2016 Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

The video for "Not Gonna Take Your Crap No More" has been posted to YouTube today. Created by Cinestirfilms, and directed by Marcus Rogers.

D.O.A. rally for living wages and corporate fairness on pay! Stop the exploitation. Even full time employment on minimum wage is below the poverty line. D.O.A. have been fighting for your rights since 1978!

Check it out now!

Hard Rain Falling review in March Discorder

March 23rd, 2016 Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

"After nearly 36 years, 17 albums and countless lineup changes, D.O.A. still show that power, angst and raunch they did all those years ago. Their latest offering, Hard Rain Falling, is 29 minutes of wham-bam hardcore punk rock that easily stands beside any of their earlier recordings."

To read the rest of the article by Sean "Scruff" Newton, please visit the Discorder Website.

Thanks from Joe

February 8th, 2016 Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

I really want to thank everybody who helped out on my campaign and those who donated as well.

We did not win, but we made a significant dent in the two old time party machines. In Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, we increased the Green % of votes by 150%.

The BC Liberal ground game in my riding was weak, but the NDP threw everything they had at CBM. They ran a candidate that will be on the bottom rung of a "top down" party and will have absolutely no say, just follow orders from the 10 people that run the BC NDP

The NDP spent $78,000 and had upwards of 200 volunteers (it was mentioned by their campaign manager that they would have close to 400 volunteers on the ground). 

For my campaign, we spent $15,000 and had about 3-15 volunteers at any given time. We ended up with 1/3 of the votes that the NDP received. So that's what I would call Green Math - we get more bang for the buck because we believe, and we know that we will overcome. 

We, as the only open-minded party in BC, will overcome political pettiness and the self serving path of the NDP and the BC Liberals. My friends, I ran and I will run again in CBM in 2017 because i believe in people, I  believe in democracy and i believe in justice.

Thanks very much for your support.

Joe Keithley

Brad Kent R.I.P.

February 4th, 2016 Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

Brad Kent R.I.P.

I first met the late great Brad Kent when we were both about 18 years old. Gerry "Useless" Hannah, Brian "Wimpy" Goble, Ken "Dimwit" Montgomery, Bruce "Bastard" Coleman, “Fast Eddie” and I had all moved to Lumby, BC to live off the land. We started one of our first bands up there, The Resurrection. One day we were practicing and a skinny kid with greasy blond hair dressed in a tattered jean jacket, came along and listened to us, when we finished the song, he told us he played guitar, We said that's cool, then he went on to say, in not so many words, that we had absolutely no idea how to rock and why are we playing that crap? He was ballsy and he was right, we sucked! We were a bit of a hippie band. So he came along to jam with us and said why don't you play some rock n' roll? How about some Status Quo, or some Zeppelin? He told me "Joe, this is how you play 12 bar, just keep chugging along while I solo." It turned out to be a lot fun and a bit ass kicking!

It was a funny thing, that chance meeting, our gang was from north Burnaby and Brad hailed from south Burnaby and in those days we were separate, We had  bad rivalries between north and south in lacrosse, hockey and now it was rock n’ roll! It was the same way we felt about East Van.

We all left Lumby in early 1976 and moved back to Burnaby. We rented a big dumpy house and started a rock band called Stone Crazy. Gerry dropped out of the picture and Brad became the defacto leader of the band. We played a few high schools, but we really didn’t have the chops to make any dough and we barely had enough gear to play a show.

One day Brad came running into the house huffing and puffing and carrying a brand new Les Paul guitar, which was unaffordable to all except rock stars and rich kid wannabes. Then he told us his tale, he had been eyeballing this guitar in a music store on Kingsway forever. That day he made a bold move, the store owner turned his back, and Brad grabbed the guitar and bolted across 6 lanes of rush hour traffic, almost got hit by two or three cars and ran into an alley with that guitar. Now I am not endorsing thievery, but that guitar became part of Brad’s being, soul and our sound.

We soon moved onto punk rock and we formed The Skulls, Vancouver’s second punk rock band. The very first version consisted of Brad, Dimwit, Wimpy, Lee (Australian lead singer) and I. We played at the band shell in White Rock BC in August ’77 and a mini riot ensued between The Skulls and the greasy audience.

D.O.A. formed in February 1978, for the first little bit we were a three piece, then we brought Brad on board as the guitarist and I just sang. We gave Brad the rather crude nickname of Brad Kunt, I don’t think he liked it that much, so I stick with Kent.

For our very first road trip I booked a weekend at the Fab Mab in San Francisco with the late great Dirk Dirksen. We had no van, so I took the train, Randy and Chuck took the hound and Brad hitched hiked the 1,000 miles with his guitar, with no case or gig bag, to SF, he made the show with one hour to spare, The two shows became some of D.O.A.’ s most famous  ever. The first night, Brad broke a string on the 2nd song, so to entertain the crowd I wrapped my body in tape, while Brad changed the broken string. That’s the way we were, we had nothing, so we improvised everything.

Just before we saw The Ramones in Van in ’77 and witnessed real punk rock, Brad, Dimwit, Wimpy and I would all play “Gong Shows’” ala Chuck Barris. We almost always got gonged, but we won one nite at the Coach House Pub in North Van, we spent our $50 first place prize on beer, no biggie, but as fate would have it, a 17 year Randy Rampage happened to be at that show. Brad, Dimwit, Dave Noga and I also formed  a band called Victorian Pork, as kind of a lark, the Pork was the first of Vancouver’s famous “fuck bands” where most members traded instruments for fun, Brad played guitar and I was the drummer.

After those two shows at the Mab, Brad hung around with The Avengers, whom D.O.A. had opened for on that first nite. They became friends and Brad joined the Avengers and helped write the great song Corpus Christi. There’s also the unfinished D.O.A. song Trident (Trident nuclear subs) that he wrote, that you can see on the footage of D.O.A. from the Canada Day concert at Stanley Park July 1, 1978 on YouTube. Previous to that, Brad was in Victorian Park and the very first version of the Subhumans with Wimpy and Dimwit.

Brad and I kind of lost touch along the way, but he played in a bunch of bands with Rampage like the Sick Ones, Ground Zero and  some other fine outfits.  Brad lived life hard and it caught up to him in the end, just before he was hospitalized, he was coming back to Vancouver from Alberta for a show. Damn, now I would almost kill to hear him play again.

This is tough to write, but as I type, Otis Redding’s immortal Sitting On the Dock of the Bay comes on the radio – It just reminds that Brad had a beautiful and  restless rock n’ roll soul, that will never be completely satisfied and at the same time never extinguished.

Big condolences to Mary, his family and his kids (your dad was something really special)

Brad, you taught me how to rock and now I am shedding a lot of tears tonight, you were as talented as they come, I’m going to miss you.

My friend, you’ll live on in our hearts forever.

Joe Keithley



Audio Visceral's new cd "Childish Behaviour" now available!

January 5th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

We are happy to now have stock of the new Audio Visceral cd in stock and ready to ship!

Audio Visceral - Childish Behaviour CD CoverAudio Visceral - Childish Behaviour {Sudden Death}Audio Visceral is all about earnest, catchy, energetic punk rock. The music is raw and upbeat; the songs are short and bittersweet. Influenced by everything from surf to hardcore, the members of A/V are all veterans of the Ontario underground/punk rock scene.

Steve Beauchesne (formerly of Constable Brennan) is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., but in A/V he handles guitars and lead vocals. Focusing on driving rhythm instead of extravagant guitar solos, his guitar playing is refreshingly simple and catchy, and his bracing vocals transition seamlessly from melancholy to silly to rage-filled. The fingers of Kevin James (formerly of Bender and The Almighty Trigger Happy) stroll deftly all over his bass strings, providing propulsion and structure to the hooks. The entire commotion is pushed from behind by the frenetic drumming of Gary Doherty (formerly of The Almighty Trigger Happy and Headcramp). Order your copy today!


D.O.A.'s Hard Rain Falling and The Pointed Sticks new ST CD have been reviewed.

December 11th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

New Zealand's Scanner Zine has reviewed 2 of SDR's most recent releases.

D.O.A. Hard Rain Falling CD CoverD.O.A. - Hard Rain Falling {Sudden Death} Fucking hell - this is smoking!! D.O.A has recorded some average-to-mediocre albums in its time but this baby has to be the best since ‘Murder’ at least. The opening salvo of ‘Punk Rock Hero’, ‘You’ve Gone To Far’ and ‘The Cops Shot A Kid’ would not sound outta place on ‘Something Better Change’ or even ‘Bloodied But Unbowed’. ‘Warmonger’ follows and it would fit on ‘War On 45’ with ease. Yes - we are talking D.O.A that good. Then you get ‘Racism Sucks’ and I’m thinking ‘Hardcore 81’ and ‘Ni Hao’ could be ‘Let’s Wreck The Party’. Sure, it’s not perfect. The low point of the album is either the cover of THE SLICKERS ‘Johnny Too Bad’ (which isn’t bad - just not as effective as THE ‘TONE’s version) and ‘He Joined The Gang’ which on any other latter day D.O.A album would fit in well, but it just doesn’t quite cut it with the same kind of savagery as the rest of this. Includes a great cover of JOHNNY CASH’s ‘San Quentin’ too. Production is bold, crisp and cutting and Keithley’s vocals snarl like an old grizzly. It’s without a doubt that when Joe Keithley is writing songs like these, he is pretty much beyond compare. Total return to form - stunning. (11.12.15)  Order your copy today!


Pointed Sticks Self Titled CD CoverPOINTED STICKS - Northern Electric {Sudden Death} Latest release from this Canadian Power-Pop band that released the minor classic, ‘Perfect Youth’ album back in 1980. Three original members from that era remain and, while this is not quite the album ‘Perfect Youth’ is, it’s still an impressive slab of well-crafted tunes. Think TV SMITH’s solo work, a bit of BIG STAR, T.REX and Steve Wynn and the DREAM SYNDICATE and you’re pretty close. Highlights would be the rolling ‘Impatient’ and ‘You’re Not The One’ but the standout is ‘Tsune’s Song’ that’s got a soaring chorus, subtle but effective backing vocals and a great key-change at the end. Elsewhere ‘Tin Foil Hat’ is a neat, almost swing-style number and ‘Skerabap’ an inventive acoustic guitar instrumental. Personally, I would have liked to have heard the guitar more to the fore in the mix; a bit too often it seemed to take second place to keyboards or other instrumentation (including a rather good brass section, especially on ‘Yesterday’s Girl’). This definitely gets better with repeated plays and, here’s a hint - this might be one of the year’s most underrated gems. (26.11.15)  Order your copy today!

Read more reviews from Scanner Zine HERE.


The Pointed Sticks CD has been reviewed.

December 1st Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

The Pointed Sticks most recent self titled cd has been reviewed in The Big Takeover. Please click HERE to read the review.

Order your copy today!

New on Vinyl and CD

November 20th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

Available now on LP and CD

Available now on LP and CD

Available now on CD

Available now on LP and CD

Available now on LP and CD

Available now on CD

Available now on CD


Available now on CD


Hard Rain Falling review in The Georgia Straight

October 22nd Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

"D.O.A.'s Hard Rain Falling is their fiercest yet" by Allan MacInnis on October 21st, 2015

Read the review on the Georgia Straight website.


DOA "Hard Rain Falling" album review in Big Takeover
by Jack Rabid

October 14th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

*d.o.a.* *hard rain falling* * (Sudden Death CAN)* While all D.O.A. albums have merits, their 16th is *Joey "Shithead" Keithley*'s hottest/best since their first three, 1980-1982—besting another modern cut-above, 2008's *Northern Avenger* (with original bassist *Randy Rampage*). Keithley's stated aim to return to such classic styles is viscerally realized/justified; the grizzled Vancouver punk pioneer summons his old guitar sound and whipping quickness, evoking 1980's* Something Better Change* and 1981's *Hardcore '81*. (*H'81*'s "Unknown"'s rollicking piano also cameos, on the standout "Warmonger.") Analogously, drummer *Paddy Duddy* reproduces the heavy/fast combo of indomitable, irascible brothers *Chuck Biscuits* and *Dimwit* on the slamming, plainspoken "Not Gonna Take Your Crap No More," "Racism Sucks" and "He Joined the Gang." Finally Keithley's "think global act local" pissed off protest lyrics (pipelines, police brutality, immature punks, etc.) fill the bill, while rebel covers of *Johnny Cash*'s prison-loathing "San Quentin" and *The Slickers*' *The Harder They Come*'s boy-gone-criminal lament "Johnny Too Bad" complete a snarling, rip-roaring return! (


Don't forget to vote on October 19th!!

October 6th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News


September 15th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

D.O.A. to play same spot as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger did at Stelco Plant

D.O.A., Canada's legendary punk pioneers will play a rally for United Steelworkers Local #1005 at the MANA Steel Plant in Hamilton, Ontario. The workers have been on strike for close to two years trying to get a reasonable offer from MANA. It is of historical significance that D.O.A. will play on the same spot that Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger did back in 1946. D.O.A. having shared the stage with Pete Seeger back in the 80's. Joe Keithley, leader of D.O.A., author of the anthemic song General Strike, BC Green Party candidate and 30 year union member had this to say "These workers have a right to a living wage and fair treatment like everybody else in this country. A lot of the folks that helped build our great country are being kicked pretty hard, so it is an honour to stand up for them and play this rally." The performance is scheduled for 2:15 - 2:45, right when the scab replacement workers shift ends at 2:30.

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August 26th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

Check out the new D.O.A. video for "Pipeline Fever" and help D.O.A. get Prime Minister Steven Harper out of office!

Click to view the video now!


August 26th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

BRAND NEW SENSATIONAL D.O.A. studio album OUT NOW on CD and I Tunes with a 12" vinyl in the fall!

Front Cover


Lyric Sheet

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Buy your copy today in the SDR STORE.


Band: D.O.A.
Endorsed by: Rick Mercer

"I'm a big DOA fan, and they have a very special place in my heart because I snuck into a DOA concert when they played St. John's, N.L., and I don't know how I got in there because I was probably 14 at the time. I was way too young to be sneaking into bars, but my brother somehow got me in, and he loved punk rock, so of course I loved punk rock, and DOA was a big part of those years, they were serious punk rockers, and that show was absolutely amazing."

The see the entire list and read the endorsements, head on over to the CBC Website.

New CD's in stock!

June 22nd Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

We have some exciting new stock! D.O.A.'s 2015 release "Hard Rain Falling", The Pointed Sticks new Self Titled cd and ESE's "All In". You can find them all in the cd section of our store.

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Click to open in the store.


Click to open in the store.


Muso's Guide recently conducted an interview with Joe "Shithead" Keithley. The topics ranged all over from the early years of punk to being almost 60 and still touring.

Read the whole interview here: Muso's Guide.


D.O.A.'s new album "Hard Rain Falling" will be available on June 23rd!

D.O.A. Hard Rain Falling


D.O.A. is on tour again! Date and location information below. See you in the pit!

D.O.A. USA Tour Poster


New on Sudden Death!

April 13th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

D.O.A. "Positively D.O.A." CD/7" vinyl - 1981 groundbreaking 5 song D.O.A. EP

Get The CD Now!

Get The 7" Vinyl Now!

  D.O.A. - Positively D.O.A.

Modernettes "Teen City" CD/12" vinyl - 1979 classic 6 song EP from Vancouver

Get The CD Now!

Get The LP Now!

  Modernettes - Teen City


SUBS "You Are You" CD - Full length album punk/new wave/psychedelia from Beijing

Get The CD Now!

  subS - yoU aRe yoU


Wofpack "Seen Not Herd" CD - Full length album punk hardcore from Melbourne

Get The CD Now!

  Wolfpack - Seen Not Herd

Sudden Death Records is very pleased to announce that Pointed Sticks are working together on the upcoming new Pointed Sticks 2015 studio album, release date to TBA.

In the meantime Sudden Death is very happy to say that we are distributing the excellent 2009 Pointed Sticks studio album, 3 LEFTS MAKE A RIGHT available on LP and CD.

Click here to order the CD.

Click here to order the LP.


No Oil Pipelines in B.C. Tour 2015


Brian "Wimpy Roy" Goble Tribute show

January 7th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

Last night 250 people jammed the Wise Hall to say goodbye to the late, great Brian Goble aka Wimpy. Preceding the musical tribute to our fallen comrade were tearful and funny memories recounted by a long list of friends. Performers included the Frank Frink 5 , The Bughouse Five and The Bloated Cows. The Cows are Ford Pier, John Card Mike Graham and myself. We played 10 of Wimpy's great songs he had written for The Subhumans and D.O.A. The Cows were joined on stage by a great bunch of guests including John Wright (No Means No) Nick Jones (Pointed Sticks) Gerry Hannah (Subhumans) and Jesse gander (d.b.s.) The whole evening was fitting farewell to one Canada's greatest musicians, a great father and one of my best friends. - Joe Shithead Keithley

Wimpy Roy Tribute Concert Photo


Now available on SDR!

January 7th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

You can now find these incredible releases in Our Web Store!

subS - yoU aRe yoU

subS - yoU aRe yoU - CD $10
Extreme punk/new wave experimental from Beijing, China.
Joe liked it so much he got them on the label!


Modernettes - Teen City

Modernettes - Teen City - CD $10 , 12" Vinyl $15
Classic pop punk from Vancouver 1979
Great! Incredible!


D.O.A. - Positively D.O.A.

D.O.A. - Positively D.O.A. - CD $10, 7" $6
One of DOA's best , 5 song EP from 1981


Wolfpack - Seen Not Herd

Wolfpack - Seen Not Herd - CD $10
Blistering no holds barred hardcore punk from down under.
Toured with DOA. One of Joe's faves!


D.O.A. February 7th



Joe Keithley founder of legendary punk band D.O.A and lifetime activist has joined in the fight to try and stop the expansion of the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline and the quadrupling of tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet. The concert will be held at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver on Saturday January 31st. Joe is putting together an all star cast of BC's best musicians to raise money for the legal defense of the pipeline protesters and to keep the public engaged and aware of the potential harm that this pipeline expansion represents. "It's outrageous the way Kinder Morgan is trying to bully peaceful protesters, the city of Burnaby and the province of BC. It's up to us, the people, to protect our rights and our democracy. The National Energy Board hearings are looking more and more like a sham with a per-ordained outcome. " Joe recently said. "It's only going to take one spill to destroy our beautiful coast. We're going to be pro active and try and put a stop to this. Transporting bitumen through inland coastal waterways is insane."

The pipeline which runs from Edmonton, Alberta to its terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia has applied to Canada's National Energy Board to triple its capacity and will greatly increase the amount of tanker traffic in Vancouver's Burrard Inlet carrying unrefined bitumen. A dangerous move that is being pushed by Canada's risk taking ruling Conservative Party. The federal government has made only the token of effort to try and speed up our transition towards renewable energy. After a recent D.O.A. tour Joe said "While touring Germany and I was stunned by the amount of wind turbines and solar panels providing renewable energy, especially when you compared to Canada. We are failing a great test as a country, we should be ashamed."

Fight Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion Show Poster

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Brian Goble Eulogy RIP

December 8th Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

Brian Goble aka Wimpy aka Sunny Boy aka Sunny Boy Roy has left us and this world is much poorer because of that. Brian, just 28 days short of his 58th birthday died of a heart attack on Sunday December 7th, 2014. I am writing this because of the loss and heartache I feel out of losing a lifelong friend, but also to remember what a vital and amazing person Wimpy was. The toughest part is the thinking about the children he has left behind, his son Dillon, his daughter Sarah and his step son Cole, who Brian helped raise. My most heartfelt condolences to them and to Brian’s older brother Roger.

I first met Brian in 1963 walking home from Lochdale Elementary School in Burnaby, BC. Around the same time I also met Gerry Hannah (Gerry Useless) who lived very near Brian, they were six years old and I was seven and we all lived on Burnaby Mountain. About four years later the three of us befriended Ken Montgomery (Dimwit), whose family had moved to the Lochdale area. From elementary to high school our friendship grew, through our collective love of music and social/political consciousness till we became the best of friends and inseparable. It occurred to me later on in life that we truly were “The Four Amigoes”.

The four of us started our first high school band called Misty Grey and we were terrible, but we were learning. In 1975 when we were around 18 and 19 years old we left Vancouver in an attempt to “get back to the land”. We were kind of junior hippies in a sense in the small BC towns of Lumby and Cherryville, that was a lot of fun but ultimately that fizzled out. We moved back in Vancouver and started a cover rock band called Stone Crazy, Brian on bass, Gerry on vocals, Dimwit on drums and Brad Kent and I on guitar. We got our first booking in Merritt BC and promptly got fired and our collective asses kicked out of town before “the locals cut you guys in two with their chainsaws”.

Well that unfortunate booking led us to abandon that predictable approach to rock n’ roll and to take on the new ground breaking style of punk rock, which we did with an unparalleled zeal. We started Vancouver’s second punk band in the summer of 1977, we called it The Skulls. Brian was becoming a stalwart on bass, Dimwit was well on his way to becoming one of Canada’s greatest drummers ever and Simon Werner was an ace on guitar. That left just me, by default I became Joey Shithead, “That maniac on vocals”. We were soon dubbed “Vancouver’s most hated band by Tom Harrison of the Georgia Straight. We played around Vancouver for awhile, then in October 1977 we all moved to Toronto to join the “scene” there. Gerry Hannah, looking for adventure, moved to Toronto with us and this is how the legend of “Wimpy” was born. Gerry was writing songs but had no band, so we had Gerry play bass, Wimpy sang, Simon played guitar and I drummed, we called this obnoxious outfit Wimpy and the Bloated Cows. Thus Brian finally had a great punk rock nickname and also the tradition of “fuck bands” was born, where people traded instruments and made up instant bands.

At the start of 1978 Wimpy and Simon moved to the U.K. with a plan to have The Skulls invade London! Good plan but Dimwit and I screwed up the plan by moving back to Vancouver, Wimpy was broke and freezing in London, so he soon followed. When he got back, Wimpy started the early Subhumans along with Dimwit and Brad Kent. (this was about the same time I started D.O.A.). That line up soon merged with The Stiffs, solidifying the Subhumans classic line up of Wimpy on vocals, Gerry Useless on bass, Mike Graham on guitar and Dimwit on drums. Notably left out of the arrangement were good pals Zippy Pinhead, Sid Sick and Brad Kunt. But one of Canada’s greatest bands were on their way.

Featuring the great songwriting of Wimpy, Gerry and Mike, the powerhouse drumming of Dimwit, the Subhumans were led by Brian Wimpy Roy Goble, the most original front man as you could find this side of Iggy Pop. It’s not totally clear but I do believe that Wimpy invented “crowd surfing” when Mike would start playing lead Wimpy would jump into the crowd, then one night the crowd caught him and held him up, I had never seen anything like it. Brian was a powerhouse vocalist, our old soundman Hutch believed he had a special power to fire out vocals louder than any human ever had! The Subhumans put out two sterling albums as well as a number of singles and a four song EP, before they broke up in 1982. They later reunited (with Jon card replacing Dimwit) and released two albums.

So in March 1982 Brian joined D.O.A. along with Dimwit (RIP). They replaced Chuck Biscuits (Dimwit’s little brother) and Randy Rampage as our rhythm section. Exceptional they were and the two of them, along with Dave Gregg (RIP), myself and producer Thom Wilson recorded in Los Angeles for five days and cut D.O.A.’s 3rd album “War on 45” (some call it an 8 song EP) in any case I would rate that album in D.O.A.’s top four. On that record you hear just how innovative that Brian was on the bass.

Brian was a huge part of D.O.A. from 1982 -1996, we went through personnel changes that included great musicians like Jon Card, Chris Prohom, Ken Jensen (RIP), Ford Pier, Brien O’Brien, John Wright amongst others. I recorded seven albums with Brian: War on 45, Let’s Wreck The Party, True North Strong and Free, Murder, 13 Flavors of Doom, Loggerheads and The Black Spot and a number of other releases. After well over a thousand shows around the world, Brian quit D.O.A. after 14 years, making him the second longest serving member of D.O.A.

There are some things I’ll never forget, when were both about 11 or 12 Brian introduced me to hockey, we played on the street in our rubber boots with golf balls, boy did that hurt when he would take a slapshot at my net and I got it right on the ankle. Brian and I also played minor hockey together in Burnaby and he later became a devastating hard hitter playing right wing for the D.O.A. Murder Squad. There was the time in Germany when Italian army deserters tried to steal his passport and he ran out of the bar with only one shoe, yelling “Hans Peter help me! Hans Peter help me!”. Or on an early tour in Europe when him and I had never seen a mini bar in a hotel bar before, so on my advice we drank the bar dry and in the morning we had to make a run for it from the hotel staff when they wanted the dough! Or the time he was two fisting bottles of wine at a gig in Slovenia and the ride back to the hotel ended up with a Technicolor yawn on the side of the van! There was also the sense of self preservation when Brian, Dave, Dimwit and I barely escaped L.A.P.D. billyclubs at a couple of different police vs. punks riots in Los Angeles. This is indelible stuff that I shared with Brian, that is now part of my very soul and being.

Brian was a humanist, a great father, an incredible singer and bass player, he believed in free speech, was always against war and he would speak up against bullshit. He was also one of my best friends and I’ll miss him forever.

Long live the spirit of Wimpy!!! Rest in Peace.

Joe Shithead Keithley

*Musical Benefit/Wake for the Late Great Wimpy Roy - Wise Hall, Vancouver BC, Tuesday January 6th Featuring three great bands: Frank Frink Five, Bughouse Five and The Bloated Cows (Joe Keithley, Ford Pier and John Card) Playing Wimpy's songs from The Subhumans and D.O.A.

Admission by donation, all proceeds will go to Wimpy's family.

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Will Johnson of The Nelson Star has posted an article about Joe and an upcoming radio show that he will be doing.

From the article: "It's been nearly 40 years since punk activist Joe Keithley founded the legendary band D.O.A., but the 58-year-old singer show no signs of slowing down. While he continues to tour and write with D.O.A.— who have been cited as influences by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Rancid and the Offspring—he's also developed a solo acoustic career.

And as if that's not enough to keep him busy, he still found time recently to be on the front lines of the protest against Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion on Burnaby Mountain."

Read the rest of the article at the Nelson Star website.

D.O.A. is back for keeps! New studio album and Worldwide Tour in 2015

True North Strong and Free Tour in support of Welcome to Chinatown Live Album

Beau’s All Natural Brewery creates Hardcore 8.1 Malt Liquor in Tribute to D.O.A.

D.O.A., Canada’s most politically astute, controversial and always wildly entertaining band is back. The godfather of hardcore Joe Shithead Keithley, had announced his retirement back in 2012 to take a run at formal politics in his native British Columbia. That is out the window and D.O.A. is all set to come back with a vengeance. As Joe recently said “When I lost my nomination by five votes, I was pissed. But I soon realized that I had not forgotten how to write songs, how to sing and play guitar and how to kick ass up on stage! So I am ramping up D.O.A. again and we’re going to let our street politics tell the stories about what’s really happening!”

D.O.A., the Men of Action have a ballsy new lineup featuring the additions of Paddy Duddy on drums (Circle The Wagons, Rusty Nails) and Mike Hodsall on bass (Circle The Wagons) They are starting work on a new studio album (their 16th) that will be out March 2015 and are making plans to tour the world. Which will include Europe, North America, South America Japan and China (for the 3rd time!).

This fall D.O.A. will the road this fall on their True North Strong and Free tour that will support of their latest album Welcome To Chinatown, a 28 song live classic. The D.O.A. tour will take the band through Ontario and Quebec before heading back west for dates in Alberta and B.C. Fans around the world have always proclaimed for the last 35 years that D.O.A. is one of the greatest and one of the most exciting live bands ever, the Welcome to Chinatown album backs that up in a big way.

Welcome to Chinatown released by Sudden Death Records delivers an unbelievable cultural and musical thrill ride with this epic release. The band gives you a tension filled ride through punk classics pulled from albums like “Something Better Change”, “Hardcore 81”, “War on 45” and “Northern Avenger”.

The dates in Ontario will be sponsored by Beau’s All Natural Brewing, who created Hardcore 8.1 Malt Liquor in tribute to the band. The brewery states that “Beau’s created Hardcore 8.1 to pay tribute to an iconic band we revere: Vancouver’s D.O.A., true pioneers and 35+ year veterans of the hardcore punk scene.” It’s the only certified organic malt liquor in the world. The beer will be available at all Ontario D.O.A. shows. No doubt, D.O.A. will be pulling out all the stops at their live shows, including their punk-i-fied version of Roll Out The Barrels, where they will invite the audience up to try and polish off a entire bomber bottle of Hardcore 8.1 in a single go on stage. Joe is really excited to backed by Beau's "It's a natural fit, D.O.A. and beer!" Joe remarked. D.O.A., just like the beer itself could be described as a classy, certified organic interpretation of the iconic punk rock style. In fact you could say, that D.O.A. are close to being the last real punk band in the world: The last band standing, so to speak. So don't be a fool, go see them while you can.

Saturday December 6th, Joe Shithead Keithley - Kootenay Coop Radio, Nelson, BC, Doors 8 PM
Friday January 30th, Gator's Pub, Abbotsford, BC
Saturday January 31st, Benefit Show Against Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion, Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC

The New D.O.A.

July 23rd Posted by Joe Keithley in SDR News

Photo by Tom Wiebe

Paddy Duddy - Drums, Joey "Shithead" Keithley - Guitar + Vox, Mike Hodsall - Bass + Vox

Thanks very much to John Mackie at the Vancouver Sun for his article about Dave.

Read the article HERE.

Long live the spirit of Dave Gregg !!!

(Photo by Dan Scott)


D.O.A. guitarist Dave Gregg - Rest in Peace

It is with unbelievable sorrow that I have to talk about the passing of Dave Gregg. He died of a heart attack this past weekend. I can't even come close to being able to express strong enough condolences to his wife Cathy and the rest of Dave's family.

Dave was a member of D.O.A. from 1980-88 and played some screaming guitar licks on the following albums: Something Better Change, Hardcore 81, War on 45, Let's Wreck The Party, True North Strong and Free and finally on Murder. He was a great guitarist and an unbelievable showman.

But more importantly he was genuinely nice guy and a caring human being, who had one of the most wicked senses of humor I have ever come across.

On long D.O.A. tours Dave (usually the overnight driver) and I along with our comrades Chuck Biscuits, Randy Rampage, Ken Lester, Dimwit (R.I.P.), Brian "Wimpy Roy" Goble, Greg "Peckerwood" James and Jon Card would while away the hours with almost endless conversation. But it usually came down to Dave and I still gabbing into the wee hours. We would scheme about how to change the world and possible wild scientific breakthroughs as we endlessly put up really shitty music on the radio (not much has changed). Dave and I also became very familiar with prices of every kind of crop grown across America and many a gospel preacher on that same radio in the Dodge van we called the Blue Bullet. At one point when D.O.A. had been playing close to 10 years, Dave and I calculated that we had spent four of those 10 years in vans, traveling to shows. As Dave drove he would furiously work his way through bag after bag of spits (sunflower seeds), he would deposit the shells in the door sill of the driver side door until the pile would reach a height of about 12 inches, that was a badge of honor.

On our first tour with Dave he got really drunk at the second show and forgot about half the arrangements, as he stood on the opposite side of the circular bar at the venue we had just played, he smirked at me with a particularly dazed look, I realized I had to get him to shape up, so I threw my 3/4 full can of beer across the bar and nailed him in the forehead. Dave rarely forgot an arrangement after that and went on to become a consummate musician and performer.

I could probably write a book about funny Dave Gregg stories and maybe even promote his one man organization: The New Spartans! LOL

I really wish I had one more chance to sit down with him and cover some of that ground again and explore new avenues of thought, but I can't and that sucks.

Dave, we will all miss you tremendously, but you will live on in our hearts.

Long live the spirit of Dave Gregg !!!

Joe Shithead Keithley - March 31st, 2014

(Photos by Amy Mann from a show called The Eastern Front 1981 Berkeley, California.)


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Produced by Marcus Rogers, Joe Keithley and Sean Holowaychuk.

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New 25 track D.O.A. double live album and 28 Track live CD out now! Get yours HERE!

New Live Double 12" album and CD!

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D.O.A.'s album "Hardcore 81" has been named #86 in the top 100 Canadian albums of all time by CBC Radio! You can see the website with the top 100 below.


Sudden Death Records is pleased to be reissuing the classic D.O.A. album "War on 45" for the 30th Anniversary of it's release.



To get your copy today, click HERE.

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