The D4

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The D4
The D4.jpg
The D4, 2001. L-R: Jimmy Christmas, Daniel "Beaver" Pooley, Dion Palmer, and Vaughan Williams.
Background information
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Garage rock revival
Years active 1998–2006
Labels Hollywood Records (US)/Flying Nun Records/Infectious Records/l.b.W Ent Records
Associated acts A Place To Bury Strangers
Past members Dion Palmer
Jimmy Christmas
Vaughan Williams
Daniel Pooley
Rich Mixture
English Jake

The D4 was a rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. Their music was released by Hollywood Records in the U.S., Flying Nun Records in New Zealand and by Infectious Records in the UK.

The group was assembled by vocalist/guitarists Dion Palmer and Jimmy Christmas, who put together a collection of songs and built a four-piece combo, featuring founding members English Jake and Rich Mixture, during late 1998 and started playing at the Frisbee Leisure Lounge parties along Symonds Street, followed shortly thereafter by inner city pub gigs. They have also played at the Big Day Out and at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

The group's debut EP was released by Flying Nun Records in 1999 featuring the tracks "Girl" and "Come On!". The band was later enhanced by members Vaughan Williams (Vaughn) (bass) and Daniel Pooley (Beaver) (drums). After the success of The Strokes and The White Stripes, The D4 and fellow New Zealand garage rock band The Datsuns became a critical and popular hit in the UK and Japan.[citation needed] The D4 went on a UK tour supporting The Hives.

As of May 2006, Breakfast announced that after eight years, the D4, would be taking an indefinite break from the music industry. After the split, Rich Mixture went on to replace Paul Robertson as the drummer of The Rock n Roll Machine, bassist Vaughn joined Shocking Pinks, an Auckland based indie pop act and Jimmy Christmas formed the rock group Luger Boa who have supported Shihad on tour. Most recently, Dion has moved to NYC, formed a new band called The True Lovers and also plays bass in A Place to Bury Strangers.

The D4's track "Get Loose" has been featured in several Bacardi Rum commercials in America.

Discography[edit]

Albums/EPs[edit]

The D4 on their earliest tour to Japan, at Shinjuku-Jam Photo: Masao Nakagami
Year Title Details Peak chart
positions
NZ[1]
1999 The D4 EP
2001 6twenty
  • Released: October 2001
  • Limited vinyl edition release: 2002
  • Label: Flying Nun Records
  • Catalogue: FNCD449
28
2005 Out Of My Head
  • Released: 14 March 2005
  • Limited vinyl edition release: 14 March 2005
  • Label: Flying Nun Records
  • Catalogue: FNCD491, FNCD495
17
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Featured appearances[edit]

The group have appeared on some compilations and soundtracks since the early 2000s. The following is a list of these albums that have featured tracks by The D4.

Year Album Label Track(s)
1999 Boss TV Boss TV "Come On!"
2000 Stickmen Universal Music "Come On!"
2002 Under The Influence Flying Nun Records "Joe 90" (Bored Games cover) and "Get Loose"
Head Up!!! Music From The 2002 Bnet New Zealand Music Awards Festival Mushroom "John Rock"
Channel Z: The Best of Vol. 3 Warner Bros. Records "Exit To The City"
2003 Red Surf Godzone Surfer's Soundtrack EMI "Joe 90"
Get A Haircut Zerox "Rock'n'Roll Motherfucker"
2004 The Prince & Me EMI "Party"
2005 Big Day Out 05 EMI "Sake Bomb"
Unleashed 2005 Sony BMG "Sake Bomb"
Big Day Out 05 EMI "Sake Bomb"

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK[2]
2000 "Ladies Man" 41 6twenty
2002 "Rock'n'Roll Motherfucker"
2002 "Party"
2002 "Come On!" 50
2002 "Get Loose" 64
2003 "Exit To The City"
2004 "Sake Bomb" Out Of My Head
2005 "What I Want"
2005 "Feel It Like It"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The D4 discography". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 132. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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