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D.O.A. „War on 45“ LP


D.O.A. „War on 45“ 18.00 EUR / 80zł

(Pasażer) The third album from legendary 1982 Canadian punk rock pioneers D.O.A.. A grazed 40th birthday edition is being released by Passenger in May 2023. “War on 45” was the successor to the albums “Something Better Change” and “Hardcore ’81”, which are now considered absolute punk rock classics. It was recorded in mid-1982 oku during several late-night sessions in Los Angeles (studio rates were half the price at night). Politically, it was a time of escalating Cold War and arms race and lots of local, more or less bloody conflicts – hence the overtones of the title and most of the songs on it. That war can be heard there. On the other hand, the title War on 45 is a parody of the then popular lame compilations with hits like Stars on 45. On the occasion of War on 45, the new line-up of the band crystallised. Joey Shithead and Dave Gregg were joined by Wimpy Roy from the Canadian Subhumans, who had just ceased to exist, while Dimwit – the older brother of Chuck Biscuits, who in turn had just left the band – became the drummer. The 8 tracks known from the original release have been enriched with 7 bonus tracks, mainly from the demo recorded a few months earlier, when the aforementioned Biscuits (also known from many other legendary bands – Black Flag, Danzig, Social Distortion etc) was still the drummer. Thus, on one LP you have two Canadian drummers of all time: the Montgomery brothers Biscuits and Dimwit.

The album includes two covers, from both its American and European release, and a 12-page booklet with unique archival photos, posters, and the story of the making of this album written, of course, by the Canadian godfather of punk rock, D.O.A. leader. – Joey Shithead, where many delicious anecdotes fall. This album gives you an earful as only D.O.A. have ever been able to and sums up one of the best periods in the history of these world-famous punk pioneers. The new edition of ‘War on 45’ is not played at a fast 45 rpm, but at a regular 33 rpm. And there is the one cruelly symbolic aspect of the situation, that although 40 years have passed and we all thought nothing like this would ever happen to us again, just across the border we have a regular war again.