D.O.A. War And Peace: 25th Anniversary Anthology (Sudden Death Records) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
The hardest-working band in Canadian music history finally gets what it deserves. From 1978's 7-inch Disco Sucks to 2001's Mexican Holiday, this set has it all, easily showing up the crop of young wannabes filling the airwaves. These guys made it cool to like hockey and beer, single-handedly invented Canadian punk/hardcore and never sold out for anything more than free ice time. Listening to War And Peace, it's hard to believe just how good D.O.A. were, and how well the music holds up. Top-notch three-chord chops, hilarious lyrics and inspired singing by Joey "Shithead" Keithley make this rarities-filled anthology a must for any Canuck who ever had Docs with more than 12 holes.