Published Mar 17, 2011Last year, Vancouver hardcore punk visionaries D.O.A. kept the torch aflame with their 13th album, Talk - Action = 0. To release more than a dozen albums is a landmark achievement for any artist, but this year D.O.A. have an even bigger milestone to celebrate: the 30th anniversary of their classic albums Something Better Change and Hardcore '81.
To properly appreciate the albums, Joey "Shithead" Keithley is reissuing them via his Sudden Death imprint. Something Better Change, originally released in 1980, and Hardcore '81, originally released in (you guessed it) 1981, will both be repressed on CD and limited-edition vinyl.
Both vinyl LPs have been restored to look almost identical to their original releases, meaning the album art looks exactly how it originally did in the early '80s. The Something Better Change record includes an exact reproduction of the original lyric sheet and foldout picture book, and will be available on limited green vinyl. The Hardcore '81 record includes a reproduction of the original foldout poster that came with the album and is available on limited blue vinyl. Hardcore '81 also comes with five songs originally included on a Peel Session in 1984.
The CD reissues of the albums will come with detailed 12-page booklets. The Hardcore '81 booklet will also include an overview on the origins of hardcore as told by Joey Shithead.
A pre-order page for Something Better Change can be found here and Hardcore '81 can be pre-ordered here, where you can also see the expanded tracklistings. Both releases will be available on May 17 via Sudden Death.