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Classic Album Review: D.O.A. | Win the Battle

The Canadian punk original is still standing proud on his umpteenth D.O.A. outing.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Exactly what does it take to get someone the Order of Canada?

Whatever it is, we oughta start lining one up for Joey (S—thead) Keithley of D.O.A. If anybody deserves it, he does. Nearly three decades ago, he was Canada’s original punk rock ambassador to the world. Nowadays, he’s an honest-to-Pete cultural icon, one of the few old guard who’s still standing — and standing proud, if his latest effort Win the Battle is any sign. Joey may be old enough to have fathered most of his fan base, but his sound hasn’t matured one bit. These cuts are classic D.O.A. tracks with three chords, heavy-handed beats and Joey gruffly barking out lyrics about Canada, punk rock, politics, beer and back bacon. Just call him the Stompin’ Tom of the leather jacket crowd. And make it snappy with that medal, hear?