#1 We Occupy (feat. Jello Biafra)
#2 Who the Hell Do You Think You Are
Doa Feat. Jello Biafra / We Occupy
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The godfathers of hardcore DOA have teamed up with their pal Jello Biafra to produce an anthem for our age. The first single from the band’s new studio album We Come in Peace, “We Occupy,” perhaps surprisingly to the uninitiated, is an upbeat, ska-based tune, with plenty of DOA rock guitar to power it along. But it’s the lyrics that really make it shake. Punk pioneer Joe “Shithead” Keithley, a big backer of Occupy Wall Street, tells it like it is—we’re getting ripped off by the greedy and powerful. Keithley asked his longtime friend Biafra to sing on the song. The former Dead Kennedys vocalist, no stranger to taking on pompous asses and authority, quickly agreed. The combo is powerful and timely. The exclusive B-side “Who the Hell Do You Think You Are” was written at the behest of playwright Michael Scholar, whose play Hardcore Logo: Live is an adaptation of Michael Turner’s underground classic book Hardcore Logo (also a film by Bruce McDonald). Keithley took the lyrics in Turner’s book about a fictional punk rock band and came up with a beery, sing-along number—an instant punk rock classic.