Hardcore 81



by Music Nerd USER (3 Reviews)
March 1st, 2006 | 13 replies

Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Information: Released in 1981 and is the album that coined the term "Hardcore" which went on to define a whole genre. The album was released on Friends Records, and re-released by Sudden Death records in 2003 with some live songs. Hardcore 81 is the 2nd D.O.A full length. They released the classic Disco Sucks E.P in 1978 on Sudden Death Records.

The lineup on Hardcore 81 is the classic lineup of:

Joey ***head- Guitar, Vocals
Randy Rampage- Bass
Chuck Biscuits- Drums

The lineup on the album is what is considered the "Classic" lineup. Chuck Biscuits was a 17 year old brat who was amazing at drums. This is the last album with Chuck and Randy Rampage on it, until Randy joined the band again for their album Win the Battle. Chuck Biscuits went on to drum for Black Flag, Social Distortion, and Danzig. Duff McKagan considers Randy Rampage to be a huge influence. He has said that he tried to copy his style, and was a big fan of D.O.A.

The band came formed in 1978 and came out of Vancouver, Canada. They recently released the album "Live Free or Die" which proved that they still know how to rock.

The Review:

Side 1:

1. D.O.A.
2. Unknown
3. Slumlord
4. Musical Interlude
5. I Don't Give a ***
6. M.C.T.F.D.
7. Communication Breakdown

Side 1 starts off strong with the song D.O.A. This sets the tone for the rest of the album. Hard hitting drums, great guitar, strong rythm bass. Joey has great vocals on this song, and shows his lyrical strength. The next song Unknown is one of my favorites on the album. I like the lyrics a lot. Joey talks about the media in this song, and the instruments are great.Slumlord is also a very good song, catchy song with a neat guitar riff. The first three songs are classic D.O.A. Musical Interlude is like a joke song, very humorous and short at 21 seconds. I Don't Give a *** is one of my favorite D.O.A songs. It's great because they are telling the truth, and saying what they think. I'm not sure who does vocals on it. I don't think it is Joey, but it's a great song. M.C.T.F.D is next. It's catchy, and once again has great use of instruments. People that stereotype punk bands for not playing their instruments good should listen to D.O.A, or Fear. Anyway, the next song Communication Breakdown is more of a joke. It is a Led Zeppelin cover, and Joey uses a low/distorted voice during the verse and they go into the chorus singing like the original. Great cover.

Side 1: 5/5

Side 2

1. 001 Losers' Club
2. ***ed Up Baby
3. The Kenny Blister Song
4. Smash the State
5. My Old Man's a Bum
6. Bloodsucker Baby
7. Waiting for You

Side 2 starts with 001 Losers Club. Just listen to the drums. Some say Chuck Biscuits drum rolls are compared to Kieth Moon's. I see why. Great song. The lyrics are strong, and same goes for the instruments. The next song ***ed Up Baby has been released on several albums with different names. It has been called ***ed Up Ronnie, and on the most recent D.O.A album it was called ***ed Up Bush. It's a great song fast song that blazes by. The Kenny Blister song is another joke song talking about someone who ran away. Smash The State starts off with bass and drums. It's a political song, and it's very good.My Old Man's a Bum is a short song, not too much to it but still great of course. Bloodsuck Baby is a song with a repeated riff over and over with no lyrics except at the start. Nothing exceptional. To end this classic album is Waiting For You. It's fast and shows what D.O.A is all about.

Side 2: 4/5

Great Musicianship
Every song is excellent (Minus the 2 joke songs)
One of the best Canadian punk albums ever
Political Stance in songs

Too short (20 minutes)
The two joke songs


Overall, this album is a classic punk and hardcore album. It is my favorite D.O.A album and possibly my favorite album ever. This is for fans of Punk, Hardcore and even people starting to get into punk. Great starting point.

Please comment, and if anyone notices errors point them out. Thanks.

-Keep on Rocking

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March 1st 2006


Nice Review. I'v heard most songs from this and they were great. This should probably be under classic punk but it doesn't matterThis Message Edited On 03.01.06

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Music Nerd
March 1st 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, I'm not sure how to change the genre to classic punk. I think you could only do it at the start of the review.

March 1st 2006


I want to give this a listen, and I think I might have heard a few songs from my uncle. Hopefully your review descriptions are accurate because I'm actually looking forward to this.

Music Nerd
March 1st 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Believe me, if you have any remote intrest in punk you will love it.

March 21st 2006


DOA is the shit, i have a live song they did on this great dvd called
"What the Punk vol.2"

March 31st 2006


i was gonna buy this once, but i never heard anything from them. but i knew they were punk and i was tempted but instead i bought a dead kennedys cd because i knew i liked them. good review by the way.

April 2nd 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

D.O.A. is canadian punk at it's best

great review

can't wait to see them in june

December 19th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

great shit

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December 19th 2011


Album Rating: 5.0


September 25th 2012


Album Rating: 5.0

Not even a second page of comments what is this.

September 25th 2012


Album Rating: 5.0

ntm just listening to some canadian music

September 25th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

good albuim

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October 9th 2017


I'd like to take this moment to congratulate all Canadian sputnikers with Thanksgiving, which apparently is happening there today.. this seemed like the most appropriate thread..

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