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Album Review

Before Dave Smalley took the microphone for Dag Nasty, Shawn Brown was the vocalist in the band’s original lineup from August of 1985 to February of 1986. Brown was booted, as Brian Baker, Colin Sears, and Roger Marbury pursued a more melodic direction; however, the songs from this session — on Halloween 1985 — were later re-recorded with Smalley and released as Dag Nasty’s first album, Can I Say. Bootlegs made their rounds in the punk underground circuit in various forms, until Ian MacKaye had the original recording remastered for this 2010 Dischord release — which sounds fantastic. Ultimately, it becomes a matter of preference between Brown or Smalley. Brown sounds way more urgent with his hardcore shouting style — and if that’s your thing, this beats the pants off the sterile Can I Say version.

Customer Reviews

it is what it is..

this album is dag nasty with their first vocalist. though not as polished as "can i say" it is still an incredible piece of work that shows the humble beginnings of one of the greatest bands ever.

And Don't Forget...

After his stint with DN, Shawn Brown went on to sing with Swiz. Find their album "No Punches Pulled" here on iTunes - it contains all their recorded output and is a must-have if you even remotely like the above release.


Thank you for finally giving this classic recording new life. Sounds so good. Shawn kills it.


Formed: 1985

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Dag Nasty kept roaring D.C.-styled hardcore alive during the mid-'80s. Although the group was more accessible and melodic than Minor Threat, it never lost its bracing, blistering edge. Formed by former Minor Threat and Meatmen guitarist Brian Baker and ex-DYS vocalist Dave Smalley, Dag Nasty recorded their first album, Can I Say (1986), with D.C.-punk guru Ian MacKaye assisting on the production. The following year, Smalley left the group; he was replaced by Peter Cortner, who added more pop elements...
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