Dominic Chad

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Dominic Chad
Birth name Dominic Chad
Born (1972-06-05) 5 June 1972 (age 42)
Barnstaple, Devon, England
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, Britpop, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, bass
Years active 1995–2003
Labels Parlophone
Associated acts Mansun, Floating Bear

Dominic Chad (born 5 June 1972 in Barnstaple, Devon)[1] is an English musician, formerly the lead guitarist and backing vocalist (occasionally lead vocalist) of the rock band Mansun.[2]


Born in Barnstaple, Devon, Chad grew up in Maidstone, Kent[3] where he attended Maidstone Grammar School. Chad went on to study French and Russian at Bangor University, where he formed "Floating Bear" in 1990 with Lance Paine, Pete James, Mark Howard and Iain Jenner and released a five-track cassette titled "Barely Real".[4] The band regularly played at the university's student bar including an Amnesty benefit gig and also played at Pontardawe Festival.[5]

After being kicked off his courses due to lack of effort,[6] Chad re-located to Chester where he worked as bar manager at the Fat Cat pub on Watergate Street and met Stove King and Paul Draper, with whom he formed Mansun.[7] Whilst in Mansun, Chad worked as an arranger and songwriter, and co-wrote several of Mansun's songs with Draper as well as writing and performing a number of B-sides himself. Chad also took lead vocals on some of Mansun's songs, such as "Golden Stone", a B-side to "I Can Only Disappoint U" and a live cover of the Magazine single "Shot by Both Sides".

Prior to the release of the band's third album Little Kix, the band claimed that Chad had been working on a solo album entitled "Parrot" with Draper producing and that it would be released sometime following the release of the album in 2000, and that tracks such as "A New Melody" and "It's a Parrot" had been completed.[8] As of 2013, the album has never materialised, however an instrumental extract appeared on Kleptomania. There were plans for the rest of the "Parrot" sessions to be released within the next two years. After nearly eight years together, Mansun broke up in 2003 whilst working on their fourth studio album.[9]

List of Mansun songs composed by Dominic Chad[edit]

Composed alone
Year Title Release
1998 "Face in the Crowd" "Legacy" (single)
"Inverse Midas" Six
"Witness to a Murder (Part Two)"
2000 "Golden Stone" "I Can Only Disappoint U" (single)
2003 "Slipping Away" (Instrumental Coda) Kleptomania
Composed with Paul Draper (and others)
Year Title Release Notes
1997 "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" "She Makes My Nose Bleed" (single)
"The Impending Collapse of it All" "Taxloss" (single)
"K.I.Double.S.I.N.G" "Closed for Business" (single) with Paul Draper and Stove King
"Everyone Must Win" with Howard Devoto and Paul Draper
1998 "Can't Afford to Die" "Legacy" (single)
"Spasm of Identity"
"Check Under the Bed"
"Hideout" "Being a Girl (Part One)" (single) with Paul Draper and Stove King
"Been Here Before"
"Negative" Six with Paul Draper, Stove King and Andie Rathbone
"When the Wind Blows" "Negative" (single)
"King of Beauty"
"I Deserve What I Get"
1999 "Church of the Drive Thru Elvis" "Six" (single)
"But the Trains Run on Time"
"What It's Like to Be Hated"
2000 "Butterfly (A New Beginning)" Little Kix
"I Can Only Disappoint U"
"Soundtrack 4 2 Lovers"
"Decisions, Decisions" "I Can Only Disappoint U" (single)
"Repair Man"
"My Idea of Fun"
"The Apartment" "Electric Man" (single)
2001 "Black Infinite Space "Fool" (single)


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: Mansum". AMG. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "MANSUN". Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
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  6. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". 15 February 2005. Archived from the original on 15 February 2005. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  7. ^ "The Fat Cat, Chester - The Cat’s whiskers". Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  8. ^ "Mansun: 'Trouble' At The Top! | News". Nme.Com. 17 January 2000. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  9. ^ "Mansun To Split | News". Nme.Com. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 2011-03-16.