By Joey Keithley, Jack Rabid
Joey Keithley, aka Joey Shithead, based mythical punk pioneers D.O.A. in 1978. Punk kings who unfold counterculture world wide, they’ve been brought up as impacts through the pink scorching Chili Peppers, eco-friendly Day, Rancid and The Offspring; have toured with The conflict, The Ramones, The useless Kennedys, Black Flag, Nirvana, PiL, Minor danger and others; and are the topic of 2 tribute albums. they're the band that brought the time period “hardcore” into punk lexicon and should have grew to become Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain onto a occupation in music.
But punk is greater than a method of tune: it’s a political act, and D.O.A. have constantly had a social moral sense, having played in aid of Greenpeace, women’s rape/crisis centres, prisoner’s rights, and antinuke and antiglobalization firms. Twenty-five years later D.O.A. can declare revenues of thousands of copies in their eleven albums and excursions in 30 diverse nations, and they're nonetheless going strong.
I, Shithead is Joey’s own, no-bullshit memories of a lifestyles in punk, beginning with the burgeoning punk move and traversing a iteration upset with the established order, who believed they can switch the realm: tales of riots, ingesting, traveling, enjoying and conquering all demeanour of hindrances via sheer determination.
Praise for D.O.A.:
“They rock out. They blow the roof off. the superior indicates I’ve noticeable in my lifestyles have been D.O.A. gigs. I’ve by no means noticeable D.O.A. now not be amazing.”—Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band)
“The right medication transforming into younger minds needed.”—Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)
“Joey Shithead casts an extended shadow.”—John Doe (X)
“They’ve replaced loads of people’s lives.”—Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
Joey “Shithead” Keithley has lengthy been an activist, together with as a candidate for the golf green occasion, and is the founding father of surprising dying files (www.suddendeath.com). He lives in Vancouver together with his spouse and their 3 children.
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It worked okay until the bikers started charging kids to get in the door, and then charging them on the way out as well. Meanwhile, I had to make some decisions. I wasn’t making a dime off the music, so I needed another job. One day Al Dopeman suggested I go along with him and become a taxi driver. The company he worked for said they would hire me, but not until I got a cab licence. Al said that was no problem, though, since he and Dave Freeburn, who also drove cabs for the company, didn’t have licences either.
I kicked doors and slammed things around. ” It was stashed outside, in a bush beside the hall. He also pointed out the drunk geek who had grabbed it. He got seriously thumped by Cheryl and some of her girlfriends; they kicked and punched the geek for a block down the street, until we could all hear him begging for mercy. The same guitar was later ripped off in Portland, Oregon, but Zippy Pinhead caught the thief red-handed in an elevator. The last time it was stolen was after a show in the Basque country of northern Spain; it was gone for about six months before I got a letter from the contrite robber.
After a while; everything we returned was fucked up in some way or other. I was always twisting the mike stands into various contortions, strongman style. Our favourite trick was to take the cymbals, which Chuck always beat the shit out of and broke, and try to slip them under some other cymbals available for rent. The staff eventually got wise to this, though. We did a big show at the Japanese Hall with the Avengers, a great punk band from San Francisco led by Penelope Houston. The day after the second show, we had a party with the Avengers and a whole pile of hangers-on in the basement at the punk rock house on Randolf Street in Burnaby.