D-A-D

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D-A-D
D-A-D - Ilosaarirock 2012 1.jpg
D-A-D at the 2012 Ilosaarirock festival.
Background information
Also known as Disneyland After Dark
Origin Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres Melodic rock
Hard rock
Cowpunk
Glam metal
Years active 1982–present
Labels Mermaid Records
EMI
Warner Bros. Records (US) (1989–1992)
Associated acts Motorjesus, Ramones
Website D-A-D.dk
Members Jesper Binzer
Jacob Binzer
Stig Pedersen
Laust Sonne
Past members Lene Glumer, Peter Lundholm Jensen.

D-A-D is a Danish rock band known as "Disneyland After Dark", a name that had to be changed after a threatening lawsuit from The Walt Disney Company. Their style of music is often categorized as melodic heavy rock. They have also used the names D.A.D., D•A•D and D:A:D, each name representing a period in the band's history.

History[edit]

In the early 1980s in Copenhagen, Denmark, D-A-D started playing together under their original name Disneyland After Dark. Stig came up with the name based on the idea that when the lights are out in Disneyland, anything can happen. He thought the name reflected their music. The first lineup of D-A-D consisted of Jesper, Stig, Peter and Stig’s girlfriend, Lene Glumer. The band's debut concert was at the youth club Sundby Algaard. In December 1982 they forced Lene Glumer to leave the band, as she did not fit in, according to their opinion. The three of them kept playing together and on March 3. 1984 Jespers younger brother, Jacob joined the band at a concert at Musikcaféen in Copenhagen. They all liked the idea of him playing in the band and little by little he became a member of D-A-D.

The band wanted to make a record, so they began recording demo recordings in their rehearsal room. A friend of the band owned a record store, and helped them find contacts in the music business. John Rosing from the management bureau "Rock On" heard about Disneyland After Dark. He sought out the band in 1984, and became their booker. He took full management of the band until a year before he died of cancer in 1998.

The band released their first album, Call of the Wild in 1986.

The group made their international breakthrough in 1989 with the record No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims, which was released on the band's 5th birthday. The album became the band's greatest success, and also gave the band a million dollar contract with Warner Bros.. The band was poised for great success in the United States, but the breakthrough didn't happen. The band achieved some airplay with the single "Sleeping My Day Away", but in the end, the band gave up on the chance of making it big in the US, and focused on the European market.

The current lineup is Jesper Binzer, Jacob Binzer, Stig Pedersen and Laust Sonne.

The largest concert the band played as the opening act for the Böhse Onkelz on their farewell festival on 17 June 2005, about 120,000 people on the Euro Speedway Lausitz.

The music[edit]

The band formed as a revolution against the pessimistic and arrogant attitude among punk musicians and their audience; they wanted to bring joy and life in their performances. The band's signature sound was conceived during rehearsal, when Stig tried to play a three-note riff with a different rhythm. The others joined in, the style known as cowpunk. The lyrics were made-up stories where abundant clichés were added as an ironic twist.

Band members[edit]

Jesper Binzer[edit]

Jesper is from Frederiksberg like Laust Sonne. Jesper was one of the founders of the band, back in 1982. Jesper also plays drums for the band The Whiteouts and has also written a song for the Danish movie Bleeder. Jesper has kept his hair long since he started school, and he says he will never cut it, which is also the theme of the song I Won’t Cut My Hair.

Jacob Binzer[edit]

Jesper Binzer's younger brother. Jacob is from Frederiksberg. He started playing piano, but when his older brother started playing in bands he switched to the guitar, as he wanted to play in bands too. Jacob has played in the band since 1984.

Stig Pedersen[edit]

  • Birth: May 18, 1965
  • Position: Bass guitar, lead vocals and backing vocals.

Stig is from Amager. Stig played, in the early days, in a punk band called ADS. He was founder of the band, but he was eventually kicked out in 1982, so he founded D-A-D as a "payback". Stig also plays in a band called Hellbetty. Stig's bass guitars only have two strings or three strings. He found out in the late 1980s that he only used the E and A string when he played, and made it his mark, to have funny, good looking basses. He is also seen using a one string bass at gigs (only one string away from an air guitar). Stig designs his own bass guitars based on his own ideas and imagination.

Laust Sonne[edit]

Laust is from Frederiksberg. He has played in the band since 1999. Laust also plays in the bands Dear and Bugpowder. His signature mark is playing the drums on a rising hydraulic scene, even at 30 feet height or more, sometimes together with Jesper.

Line-up history[edit]

1984–1999
1999–present

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums
List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
DAN
[1]
Call of the Wild
  • Released: February 4, 1986
  • Label: Mega
  • Formats: LP, CD
D.A.D. Draws a Circle
  • Released: June 16, 1987
  • Label: Mega
  • Formats: LP, CD
No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims
Riskin' It All
Helpyourselfish
  • Released: March 1, 1995
  • Label: Medley
  • Formats: CD
Simpatico
  • Released: November 6, 1997
  • Label: Medley
  • Formats: CD
Everything Glows
  • Released: April 13, 2000
  • Label: Medley
  • Formats: CD
24
Soft Dogs
  • Released: February 20, 2002
  • Label: Medley
  • Formats: CD
1
Scare Yourself
  • Released: May 23, 2005
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD, LP
1
Monster Philosophy
  • Released: November 10, 2008
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD, LP
1
DIC·NII·LAN·DAFT·ERD·ARK
  • Released: November 11, 2011[2]
  • Label: Mermaid
  • Formats: CD, LP
2
Disn30land Af30r D30k
  • Released: January 2014
  • Label: Mermaid
  • Formats: CD, LP
2
Live albums
List of live albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
DAN
[1]
Osaka After Dark
  • Released: January 23, 1990
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD
Psychopatico
  • Released: November 20, 1998
  • Label: Medley
  • Formats: CD
Scare Yourself Alive
  • Released: May 1, 2006
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD, LP
4
Compilation albums
List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
DAN
[1]
D.A.D. Special
  • Released: December 1, 1989
  • Label: Mega
  • Formats: CD, LP
Good Clean Family Entertainment You Can Trust
  • Released: November 9, 1995
  • Label: Medley
  • Formats: CD
The Early Years
  • Released: November 13, 2000
  • Label: Medley
  • Formats: CD
40
VA - Ungdomshuset
The Overmuch Box
  • Released: November 16, 2009
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD
14
Behind the Seen
  • Released: November 16, 2009
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: LP
Extended plays
List of extended plays
Title Album details
Standin' On the Never Never
  • Released: May 28, 1985
  • Label: Mega
  • Formats: 12"

Singles[edit]

Year Information Peak
Position
(DEN)
Album
2011 "I Want What She's Got"
36
DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK'

Tours[edit]

Quotes[edit]

D-A-D:s lyrics are often quite humorous, and sometimes also melancholic, resulting in funny, melancholic quotes:

I grew up in a life-size pinball machine (from the song Laugh and a Half)
Good-bye and many tanks (from the song Down that dusty third-world road)
Can't win on a compromise, I'll rather lose on my own... (from the song Point of View)
But you can't run away from trouble, Coz there ain't no place that far (from the song Jihad)
I look at my watch 'n' look at my wrist, and then I punch myself in the face with my fist (from the song Smart Boy Can't Tell Ya )

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "danishcharts.com - Discography D-A-D". Hitlisten. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.d-a-d.dk/music/dicniilandafterdark
  3. ^ "Various - Ungdomshuset (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 

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