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D.O.A. – “The Men of Action” DVD

      This coming our way was a very pleasant thing and I’d been waiting for the chance to review it amidst the backlog et al.  This compiles videos of a number of songs from this veteran hardcore band over the 30 something year career.  There are a few videos along with a lot of live footage of shows ranging from the 1978 Anti Canada Day rally to San Francisco to Toronto to a prison in Saskatchewan, Canada and back that show the band’s anger and pure energy in concert.  Segued like a compilation album, it goes from video to live (sometimes one song from a show, sometimes a few back to back from one show).  Musically, this covers pretty much all bases of their discography time wise from their earliest single to their most recent album showing how punk evolved into hardcore in all its power chord fueled loud, fast glory.  Added to this is the Anarchy program: a commentary from vocalist/guitarist Joe Shithead on the band’s history played along with the footage that needs to be heard to be believed.  This two-disc set also includes the Northern Avenger album that we reviewed back in issue 92.  While as a longtime D.O.A. fan I admit my bias on this band, I recommend this DVD to all fans of punk to see how it really went down.  (BOONE)

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