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DAAS Icon.jpg
Studio album by
Released14 May 1990
Recorded1989, Studio RBX, Melbourne
GenreAlternative rock
LabelCBS/DAAS Kapital
ProducerRoss Cockle
Doug Anthony All Stars chronology
Let It Swing
Dead & Alive

DAAS Icon (also known as Icon) is the first and to date only studio album recorded and released by Australian comedy trio, the Doug Anthony All Stars. Released in 1990,[1] it features the singles "I Want to Spill the Blood of a Hippy" and "Bottle". Icon went on to become the highest-selling independent album in Australia,[2] but was banned in the UK due to a reference to the IRA in the song "KRSNA".[3] This was later overturned by a British court.[4]

Unlike the Allstars' live performances, this is an alternative rock album played with electric guitars, basses and keyboards, although some acoustic songs are included.

The tracks "Little Gospel Song" and "Change the Blades" previously appeared on their demo tape Let It Swing in 1988. The track "Shang-a-lang" samples part of the drum intro from the Beastie Boys' "She's Crafty".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks capitalised as on the back cover (for CD) and inner sleeve (for LP).

All lyrics written by Paul McDermott; all music composed by Doug Anthony All Stars.

Side A
1."Commies for Christ"3:02
2."My Babys gone to Jail"2:29
4."Change the Blades"3:14
7."Little Gospel Song"1:40
8."DEAD ELVIS"2:45
Side B
9."i want to spill the blood of a Hippy"4:54
10."Go to Church"3:06
12."Broad lic Nic"3:10
14."Motorcycle St. Sebastian"3:05


  • Produced by DAAS and The Cockle Factor
  • Engineered by Ross Cockle and Melita Jagic
  • All songs by Control
  • Richard Fidler – guitars, sitar, Irish harp, axe and dinner plates, backing and harmony vocals
  • Paul McDermott – lead vocals (tracks 1-5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15), kettle drum, erhu, viola, sheet metals and cymbals, harmony vocals
  • Tim Ferguson – lead vocals (tracks 6 and 9), keyboards, Fairlight, euphonium, kora, bachelors rags, backing and harmony vocals
  • Andrew – brass
  • Steve Hadley – double bass
  • Rosie Westbrook – electric bass, double bass
  • Angus Burchell, J.J. Hackett – drums
  • Sam See – drum programmer
  • Kerri Simpson – vocals
  • Richard Lewis – artwork


  1. ^ Casellas, Leanne (1990-06-01). "Gleesome Threesome". Daily News. Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  2. ^ Lum, Alexander (1994-04-14). "DAAS Mania". Togatus. Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  3. ^ Murphy, Nicola (1990-06-02). "Banned! (So What's New?)". TV Week. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
  4. ^ Ferguson, Tim (1990). "Humour In Uniform". The Harvey. Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2008-09-15.

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