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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One night in a heavily treed area in the wilds of the Pacific North West came a a gathering of sound and fury! That was the night that Canada's legendary D.O.A. pulled out all the stops with their comrades POTBELLY: Oak Harbor, Washington's fast rising punk band. Hundreds of rabid fans crammed into a converted storage locker they call Vagabond. The kids were wild as this strange setting and it seemed protected by a force field, so their pagan rituals went went undetected by the Oak Harbor police in this conservative air force town. POTBELLY wailed away and the session was recorded on a 16 track recording desk. Then D.O.A. appeared out of the fog and chopped everyone in their path with classic songs like: I HATE YOU, TO HELL N" BACK, FUCK YOU and FUCKED UP RONNIE.

It was an evening not to be forgotten and this limited edition 12" slab of vinyl makes sure it won't be. This session will not be released on CD and there are only 1000 available and it will not be repressed. If you love rock, get it now!

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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 www.suddendeath.com to order the book along with the new re-issues of Hardcore '81 and Something Better Change starting in 3 weeks!

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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. (www.suddendeath.com )

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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