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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.



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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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USA Farewell Tour

Thursday Aug. 29th, The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA

Friday Aug. 30th, El Corazon, Seattle, WA

Saturday Aug. 31st, Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR

Wednesday Sept. 4, Station 4, St. Paul, MN

Thursday Sept. 5, Crunchy Frog, Green Bay, WI

Friday Sept. 6, Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI

Saturday Sept. 7, Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago. IL

Sunday Sept. 8, Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI

Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013, Bug Jar, Rochester, NY

Wednesday Sept. 11, Bogies, Albany, NY

Thursday Sept. 12, Middle East, Cambridge, MA

Friday Sept. 13, Firehouse 13, Providence, MA

Saturday Sept. 14, Europa, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday Sept. 15, The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

Tuesday Sept. 17, The Note, West Chester, PA

Wednesday Sept 18, Black Cat, Washington DC

Thursday Sept. 19, Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh, PS

Saturday Sept. 21, Rumba Cafe, Columbus, OH

Sunday Sept. 22, Wander Inn, Mishawaka, IN


Farewell to Europe Tour

October 8 to October 27 all dates TBA

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Meet Joe Keithley and help the Coquitlam Food Bank
Wednesday February 13th, 5 PM - 7 PM
Please bring non-perishable food items to:
DIK's Market House, # 100 - 2918 Glen Drive, Coquitlam

Joe Keithley is hosting this food bank drive for the SHARE Society
Joe has been helping the underprivileged for the last 35 years.

Together we can help create a fair and equitable Canada.

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Hi friends, it's a battle of the bands sponsored by PAVI, the music school that I teach at.

It will be held at the Backstage Lounge in Vancouver. first place is 18 hours recording time at Blue Wave Studio, Vancouver, BC, 2nd place is a live music video that we will shoot at the studio. There are only six spots available of 15 minutes each, to enter please send MP3's of three original songs to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please make the files SMALL. We need all entries by December 12th.

OK good luck - Joe Keithley / sudden Death Records / D.O.A.

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D.O.A. - WE OCCUPY 7”single Limited Edition of 1000 - Available April 20th

We Occupy is the first single from D.O.A.'s new studio album We Come In Peace. The godfathers of hardcore have teamed up with their pal JELLO BIAFRA, to produce an anthem for our age. We Occupy, perhaps surprisingly to the uninitiated, is an upbeat ska based tune, with plenty of D.O.A. rock guitar to power it along. But it's the lyrics that really make it shake. Punk pioneer JOE SHITHEAD KEITHLEY, a big backer of OCCUPY WALL STREET, tells it like it is, we're getting ripped off by the greedy and powerful. Joe asked his long time friend, the incomparable JELLO BIAFRA to sing on the song. JELLO, no stranger to taking on pompous asses and authority quickly agreed. The combo is powerful and timely.

The B side is Who The Hell Do You Think You Are, JOE wrote the music for this at the behest of playwright MICHAEL SCHOLAR, who's play Hardcore Logo: Live is an adaptation of MICHAEL TURNER'S underground classic book Hardcore Logo ( also a film by BRUCE MCDONALD). JOE took the lyrics in TURNER'S book about a fictional punk rock band and came up with a great song. Who The Hell Do You Think Are is an instant punk rock, beery, sing-a-long. This b side will not be included on We Come In Peace.

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Jim Green, sadly, passed away on Tuesday 28th, 2012 of cancer. Jim was a friend to me and to many others and especially a friend to the homeless and dispossed on Vancouver's Eastside. Jim came and presented me with the City of Vancouver scroll for D.O.A. Day in Vancouver ( that's myself, my wife Laura and Jim in the photo) on December 21st, 2002 at the Railway Club. Jim started reading the long and laborious scroll, laughing I grabbed the scoll and said "Let's hurry this up, I have a show to do!", we all had a good chuckle. I first met Jim when he organized a benefit for the folks that had been kicked out of their homes to make way for Expo 86 tourists. Jim and D.E.R.A. set up a benefit show at Malkin Bowl with D.O.A. unplugged , Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie. It was incredible, 10,000 people came out and it raised a ton of dough for the evicted people.

Jim was many things: he was an American draft resistor against the Vietnam War, he helped saved The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, he spearheaded the reconstruction and revitalization of our famous Woodward's building ( which was a big thing for me as I have many memories traveling on the bus with my mother when I was 10 or 11 to do our big Saturday shopping) The list of Jim's accomplishments are almost endless. Jim it was an honor to be your friend, Vancouver will miss you. We will all miss you.
Joe Keithley

Photos by Bev Davies
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New Book

Joe Shithead's new book "Talk-Action=0" an illustrated history of D.O.A. will be released on June 1st, 2011. Make sure to visit to order the book along with the new re-issues of Hardcore '81 and Something Better Change starting in 3 weeks!

Click here to order your copy now!

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We are set to re-release 2 of AMP Magazine's "top five Canadian punk albums of all time”. In the coming weeks we will be releasing remastered versions of Hardcore '81 and Something Better Change.

Hardcore 81 - CD and LP

30th Anniversary Limited Edition 12 “ Blue Vinyl
1000 Copies Only
Restored to Original State
Includes 22’ x 33” original Hardcore 81 Poster



Musical Interlude
I Don’t Give a Shit
Communication Breakdown
001 Loser’s Club
Fucked Up Baby
The Kenny Blister Song
Smash The State
My Old man’s a Bum
Bloodsucker Baby
Waiting For You

“Between Something Better Change and Hardcore 81, you pretty well have two of the top five Canadian punk albums of all time” – AMP MAGAZINE

This is it! The godfather of hardcore from D.O.A., Canada’s legendary punk pioneers. This is the album that popularized and pushed the term ‘hardcore” into the common vernacular. For Hardcore 81’s 30th Anniversary we have restored D.O.A’s blistering second album to its original state and released it as a limited edition 12” blue vinyl disc. As well we have restored the original poster that came with the album, it’s a 22” x 33’ poster showing that great line up of Joey Shithead, Chuck Biscuits, Randy Rampage and Dave Gregg in action…indeed the Men of Action.

Something Better Change - CD and LP

30th Anniversary Limited Edition 12 “Green Vinyl
1000 Copies Only
Restored to Original State
Includes the Two Original Inserts
CD has a new 12 page booklet full of photos and posters


New Age
The Enemy
Get Out of My Life
Woke Up Screaming
Last Night
Great White Hope
The Prisoner
Rich Bitch
Take a Chance
Whatcha Gonna Do?
World War 3
and the hidden bonus track
New Wave Sucks

We have gone back in time and restored one of punk’s seminal albums, Something Better Change and released it on limited edition green vinyl. You also get original the lyric sheet insert and the original foldout insert with pics of Joey Shithead, Chuck Biscuits, Randy Rampage and Dave Gregg. For D.O.A.’s first album’s 30th anniversary we have released it simultaneously with its companion album Hardcore 81.

“Between Something Better Change and Hardcore 81, you pretty well have two of the top five Canadian punk albums of all time” – AMP MAGAZINE

Click here to order your copies today!
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D.O.A. - “Smash The State. The Raw Original D.O.A. 1978-81” DVD Review

DVDs tend to bore me shitless, but this release is a welcome change as it kept me interested. This is not some super-sleek Pink Floyd type film! Much of the footage is extremely raw as it is taken from numerous performances during a time when filming shows was not of today’s quality. Many of the songs have a bootleg type of feel, but this actually adds to the feeling as it is as though you are back in 1979. All your early D.O.A. hardcore favorites are here: “America The Beautiful”, “World War 3”, “New Age”, “Disco Sucks” as well as improvised tunes like “Strat Man”. There is a great bonus scene of the band miming in the studio to “World War 3” for some TV show, maybe it was not meant to be funny but it kinda turned out that way. Joe’s voice is as rough as ever and the songs are still relevant to this day. “Smash The State. The Raw Original D.O.A. 1978-81” DVD is an excellent reminder of how things were for these Canadian punk rockers. Amazingly they are one of the few bands that are as good today as they were when they started. Long live D.O.A. ( )

Reviewed by Billy Bad Breaks

Order the Smash The State DVD HERE .

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SUDDEN DEATH RECORDS and MVD VISUAL are pleased to announce the release of D.O.A.’S THE MEN OF ACTION 30TH ANNIVERSARY DVD for worldwide distribution August 18, 2009.

D.O.A. Canada’s legendary punks and the originators of hardcore, have produced an extraordinary DVD that covers the band’s 30 year career. It’s an essential collection of songs and punk/activist stories.

The DVD consists of 26 songs, 10 that are band produced storyline videos and 16 that are live productions. There are two ways to view the DVD: the Chaos Program features the music videos straight up, while the Anarchy Program features JOE SHITHEAD KEITHLEY, Canada’s godfather of punk, telling the story of D.O.A. and punk activism in general as the videos play.

This anniversary package also includes as a bonus, D.O.A.’S critically acclaimed new album Northern Avenger, produced by the legendary BOB ROCK. The album has received rave reviews around the world. You also get a 12 page booklet that includes rare photos of D.O.A. On the DVD itself there are some hilarious hidden tracks.

See how The Men of Action influenced 3 generations of fans and musicians including GREEN DAY, NIRVANA, RANCID, RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS, HENRY ROLLINS, JELLO BIAFRA, SOUND GARDEN, and SONIC YOUTH to name a few.

D.O.A. The Men of Action indeed.

To order the dvd now, please click here.
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The Playlist for the Planet is now up on iTunes and in stores, ready for David Suzuki’s 75th birthday this Thursday March 24th!

Click HERE to view the YouTube promo, or click HERE to go directly to iTunes and purchase the cd. $14.99 gets all 30 songs and supports the David Suzuki Foundation.

Playlist for the Planet

New D.O.A. track "We Won't Give In" from the album Talk - Action = 0 is featured on the new benefit album "Playlist For The Planet". Watch Joe's promo video here.

David Suzuki has been a tireless advocate for the environment for over 30 years, and D.O.A. is proud to be helping his foundation save what's left of this world.

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Upcoming Tours & Events


Friday August 19th

The Legion

Prince George, BC

Saturday August 20th


Fort St. James, BC

Friday September 9th

Pemberton Hotel

Pemberton, BC

Saturday September 10th

Village Green

Vernon, BC

Sunday September 11th

Record with Cecil

Wednesday September 14th

Wild Bills

Banff, AB

Thursday September 15th

Pulse Club

Lethbridge, AB

Friday September 16th

Humboldt Community Gathering Center

(All Ages)

Humboldt, SK

Saturday September 17th


Saskatoon, SK

Sunday September 18th

The Pyramid

Winnipeg, MB

Tuesday September 20th


Golden, BC

Wednesday September 21st


Calgary, AB

Thursday September 22nd

The Needle

Edmonton, AB

Friday September 23rd

International Beer Haus

Red Deer, AB

Saturday September 24th

Spirit Bar

Nelson, BC

Tuesday October 11th


Portland, OR

Wednesday October 12th

John B's

Medford, OR

Thursday October 13th

Lucky's Bar

Eugene, OR

Friday October 14th


Olympia, WA

Saturday October 15th

Tony V's Garage

Everett, WA

Friday October 28th


Powell River, BC

Saturday October 29th


Chilliwack, BC

November 2nd - 13th

West Coast USA


More Dates TBA

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