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WAR ON 45 12"
01. Liar For Hire
02. I'm Right, You're Wrong
03. America the Beautiful
04. Let's Fuck
06. I Hate You
07. War in the East
08. Class War
Label: Alternative Tentacles Records
Cat #: VIRUS 24
Label: Fringe Product, Ltd.
Cat#: FPE 3006
Yes, still another hardcore record. I bet you preppies are really getting mad now. Anyway, this is DOA's fourth 12". They have had many personnel changes since the early days of "Hardcore 81" and "Something Better Change". Chuck Biscuits went off to drum for Black Flag (I believe he isn't in anymore). DOA quickly picked up Dimwit and Wimpy Roy from another Canadian punk group, the Subhumans. All of this leads up to their newest creation, "War On 45". It has 8 tracks, 4 of which are excellent, the other being mediocre. The record starts off impressively with "Liar for Hire", a heavy metal/punk tune with great lyrics. This is followed by the boring "I'm Right, You're Wrong" and the rehash of an old tune "Let's Fuck". The last track is "America the Beautiful" which also appeared on the "Rat Music" compilation LP. Side two starts off with "War", an old Jam song which really is even older than that ("Edwin Starr wrote it and had a hit with this song around '69. Check it out."--D/D). It is a great tune, and DOA does it fantastically. It is very, very produced, but it is nice to hear distinct guitar lines and audible vocals. A real original tune called "I Hate You" borders on ludicrous and an attempt at reggae falls flat in the form of "War in the East". The final cut is a cover of the Dils (an early West Coast punk band) "Class War" which is much better than the original. Overall, a mighty impressive EP with production and variety. It may not be consistant but it's damned good.
-Darryl Smyers (from Truly Needy Vol. 2 No. 2, May 1983)
The band now includes Joey and Dave from the other line-up, plus Dimwit and Wimpy Roy from the "other" famous Vancouver band, the Subhumans. This record isn't as frnatic as Hardcore '81, but it's more typical of D.O.A.'s live rock'n'roll, somewhat reminiscent of the old MC5. They also do some reggae, and covers of "war" songs by Edwin Starr and the Dils.
-Tim Yohannan (from Maximum Rocknroll #3, November/December 1982)