my loveliest vinyl, part 43

D.O.A. - 13 Flavours of Doom (Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 117, 1992)

D.O.A. – 13 Flavours of Doom (Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 117, 1992)

Lifelong companions i’d say! From the early stuff of “Hardcore ’81” (1981), “War on 45″ (1982) and the John Peel Sessions “Don’t turn yer back (on desperate times)” (1984) D.O.A. have been in the picture, only to move into some sort of hard rock sound in the late 80s and finally odd trash with “Murder” in 1990. And then correctly calling it a day, from where i sit for good musickal reasons. Now looking at all their massive output over the years their 1992 “comeback” on Alternative Tentacles put them back on the map big time: Great lineup as a trio with Wimpy Roy (of Subhumans fame) and excellent production by John Wright of NoMeansNo fame. And that makes it stand out from all the stuff they did – good songs are matched here with perfect production and excellent recording.

The verdict:

1977 – yes, but with a scent of hardcore
published by a cool label – Alternative Tentacles – any Q?
found in a cool shop – Michelle Records, back then a great place for vinyl!
catching sound – perfect mix of punk, hardcore and most likely the best produced and recorded D.O.A. album…
the lyrics – surprisingly sharp, to the point and up to date still today with the climate issue.

I have seen them so many times over the years that i have lost count but i still a wee bit frustrated that i missed their acoustic tour in August 14 in Hamburg. Nevermind – i am sure they will be back!

The sticking song of that record is “Hole in the Sky,” a song people have dubbed as a song “Al Gore would like if his wife had better taste“:

now you're gonna burn!

there's a hole in the sky
the ozone's ripped
and you can't hide
burning death and corporate greed
cause there's a hole in the sky

you can't see
but it's a mess
killing the ozone
put our planet to death

making profits
out of thin air
the sky's opened up
you can't hide anywhere

now you gonna burn!

there's a hole in the sky
the ozone's ripped
and you can't hide
burning death and corporate greed
cause there's
a hole in the sky

take a walk outside
see the blue sky
watch your step
might be suicide

well it's pretty obvious
you think they'd learn
but when money comes first
we're all gonna fry

yeah you're gonna burn!

there's a hole in the sky
the ozone's ripped
and you can't hide
burning death and corporate greed
cause there's
a hole in the sky

burn, yeah you're gonna burn
yeah you're gonna burn

(c) Sudden Death Records / Alternative Tentacles 1992

Now listen up:

Let’s be frank: D.O.A. are key to punk in Canada. Just take the number of cool folks who went to joint Joey “Shithead” Keithley – be it Chuck Biscuits, Randy Rampage, Wimpy Roy, Dimwit and Ken Jensen (RIP). Whilst this one is in my list of loveliest vinyl it is way to “small” to represent the 30+ years of joy D.O.A. have been bringing and making PUNK and CANADA one item in my mental map! And sure they also had their hands in some cool Hockey-themed (like in Icehockey!) punk songs – love them for that too!

What else? Make sure you read “I, Shithead” from Joey, a cool biography written with a lot of wisdom. It’s even in it’s third print run since being published in 2004!

I, Shithead (Joey Keithley, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004)

I, Shithead (Joey Keithley, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004)

And whilst you are at it, seek more via these great flicks:

… outsmarted tacticaly, outplayed and without a chance to win. WTF?

Home, sweet home...

Home, sweet home…

Da gibt es wenig zu sagen. Der KSC hatte sich die Taktik des FCSP genau angeschaut und perfekt drauf eingestellt. Ich denke mal St. Pauli hatte mehr Ballbesitz, der KSC hatte aber das bessere Spiel und den notwendigen Killerinstinkt. Zum X-ten mal seit einigen Jahren ging das Team ohne fliegende Fahnen zu Hause unter: Wenig aufbäumen, kein Plan B, keine Veränderung durch die (angenehm) frühen Wechsel. Puuhhhh – ist das Team etwa am Ende? In jedem Fall geht es jetzt NUR gegen den Abstieg. Auf gehts FCSP!

Millerntor, 25.10.2014 12:57 ( (c) gehkacken.de)

Millerntor, 25.10.2014 12:57 ( (c) gehkacken.de)

Bücher, schnell gelesen: Teil 1.070

Jørn Lier Horst - Jagdhunde (Grafit, 2014)

Jørn Lier Horst – Jagdhunde (Grafit, 2014)

Gelesen: 21. – 23.10.2014, netto 376 Seiten.

Ein bedächtiger Norwegenkrimi, der eine spannende Geschichte erzählt: Nach 17 Jahren wird ein Fall neu aufgerollt, da offensichtlich ein Beweismittel gegen den vermeintlichen Mörder gefälscht worden ist. Der damalige Chefermittler wird beurlaubt und versucht herauszubekommen, was damals falsch gelaufen ist. Die Story ist ok und das ganze fängt auch stark an: Detailliert wird die Polizeiarbeit beschrieben, feine Zweifel werden gesät und tatsächlich wurde der Fall manipuliert. Dazu eine zweite Erzählebene mit der Tochter des Chefermittlers.

Leider wird schnell klar das die beiden Erzählstränge miteinander verwoben sind und das es eigentlich ein Fall ist. Im Laufe des Buches wird es daher zunehmend langweilig und vorhersehbar, incl. der geschickt angelegten Auflösung – die jedoch jedem Harry Hole Kenner bekannt vorkommt. Schade – das fing sehr gut an!

Soundtrack dazu: Skambankt – was sonst?