Something Better Change

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Something Better Change
Studio album by D.O.A.
Released 1980
Recorded 1977-1980
Genre Hardcore punk, punk rock
Length Original release:
Label Can. Friends
Sudden Death
Alternative Tentacles
Producer Richard Drake
D.O.A. chronology
Something Better Change
Hardcore '81
(1981)Hardcore '811981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Exclaim! (?)[2]

Something Better Change is the debut album by Canadian punk rock band D.O.A.. The album was recorded between 1977 and 1980 in Vancouver, BC, Canada and was released in 1980 in on the label Can. Friends. (See 1980 in music).[3]

For nearly two decades since Something Better Change and the follow-up album Hardcore '81 went out of print, the albums were compiled into the compilation Bloodied But Unbowed, and then, to address the numerous songs removed in the process, the Polish import greatest hits album Greatest Shits was released. Music critic Jack Rabid stated that "when one considers how revolutionary and yet how distinct from each other those two LPs were, this state of affairs just made no sense.".[3]

In 2000 the album was re-issued on lead singer Joey Shithead's own label Sudden Death records for a native Canada release. In 2002 it was re-released on Dead Kennedys former front-man Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles music label. The re-issue included a single bonus track, a re-recording off their first EP originally titled "Disco Sucks", but now titled "New Wave Sucks".[3] In May 2011, a remastered version of the album was released by Sudden Death Records on CD and vinyl LP.[4] In 2013, the album was listed at number 10 in Ballast's list of top 50 Canadian albums of all time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "New Age" (David Gregg, Joey Shithead) – 2:18
  2. "The Enemy" (Chuck Biscuits, Shithead) – 2:53
  3. "2 + 2" (Biscuits, Shithead) – 4:08
  4. "Get Out of My Life" (Brian Roy Goble, Joey Keithley, Ken Montgomery, Simon Werner) – 2:07
  5. "Woke up Screaming" (Shithead) – 2:42
  6. "Last Night" (Biscuits) – 3:23
  7. "Thirteen" (Shithead) – 2:23
  8. "Great White Hope" (Biscuits) – 2:53
  9. "The Prisoner" (Shithead) – 2:01
  10. "Rich Bitch" (Shithead) – 3:00
  11. "Take a Chance" (Shithead) – 1:48
  12. "Watcha Gonna Do?" (Shithead) – 4:44
  13. "World War 3" (Biscuits, Shithead) – 3:46
  14. "New Wave Sucks" (Shithead) – 1:01


The band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Simon Wilde – Bass (on tracks 5, 9, 10, and 13)

Technical staff[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Exclaim! review
  3. ^ a b c Jack Rabid. "Something Better Change > Overview". Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  4. ^ Sudden Death Records, information on 2011 re-release. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
  5. ^ Unger, Andrew "The 50 Greatest Canadian Albums of All Time", "Ballast", Feb 13, 2013 accessed Feb 14, 2013.