This five-song disc features a cover of the quasi-title cut that Tom Jones made most famous. Of course, the D.O.A. version of "It's Not Unusual" has an entirely different tone than that of the perpetually panty-showered Vegas crooner. Vocalist Joey Keithley revels in the schmaltzy track, extending notes with a throat-splitting caterwaul and enough rasp to make even the most hardened punk fan cringe.
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The press release promises that D.O.A.'s cover of Tom Jones's 'It's Not Unusual' has "enough rasp to make even the most hardened punk fan cringe", but let me tell you it's not just the rasp that's making me cringe. This is of course a snotty sub-Snuff pop-punk take on the staple, bolstered by some punchy Less Than Jake-ish brass, mysteriously reissued after originally coming out way back in '93.
It raises the question, just how much crap can one band get away with just because they were innovators? These guys are due respect for being one of the very first hardcore punk bands and their early records are worth anyone's time but this is truly an embarrassment. There's a decentish Suicidal Tendenciesy effort on the other side called 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' but the damage done by the cheeseball atrocity on side A cannot be reversed. Makes their recent 'We Occupy' cash in with Jello Biafra seem like a clever idea.
Leave this well alone and dig out your old copy of 'Hardcore '81' instead.
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