DD Smash

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DD Smash
Origin New Zealand
Years active 1980–1986
Associated acts Th' Dudes, Disciplin A Kitschme, Lip Service, Hello Sailor
Past members Dave Dobbyn
Peter Warren
Rob Guy (Revox)
Lisle Kinney
Andrew Clouston

DD Smash was a New Zealand pop/rock band formed by Dave Dobbyn after the breakup of Th' Dudes.

Members[edit]

Members included Dave Dobbyn (guitar, vocals, songwriter), Andrew Clouston (Saxophone), Peter (Rooda) Warren (drums), Rob Guy (Revox) (guitar), both formerly of Lip Service, and Lisle Kinney (bass guitar), formerly of Hello Sailor.

Origin[edit]

Originally formed in New Zealand, the band was resident in Australia for much of its existence. The band were briefly called 'Dave Dobbyn's Divers'[1] until drummer Peter Warren came up with DD Smash. Dobbyn says the name "seemed to say everything about what we were into, which was having a jolly good time and blasting out music."[2]

Records[edit]

DD Smash, mainly based around Dave Dobbyn as the main songwriter, also helped by being the frontman for the band, produced some of New Zealand's most iconic hits including the show starter "Devil You Know ", "Outlook For Thursday" and the more 80's sounding "Magic (What She Do)".

Achievement[edit]

By late '81, DD Smash signed a recording deal and immediately set about recording their debut album, with Ian Morris in the producer's chair.

DD Smash released their debut album in 1982. Titled 'Cool Bananas' it debuted in the national chart at #1, an historic first. It remained in the chart for 24 weeks and became triple gold. The album's biggest hit was 'Devil You Know.' In '82 the 'Top Male Vocalist' award was won by Dobbyn, 'Top Group' went to DD Smash; 'Cool Bananas' won 'Album of the Year,' Ian Morris got 'Producer of the Year' for it, Doug Rogers and Paul Streekstra got 'Engineer of the Year' for it, and it won 'Best Sleeve Design.' [1] "Devil You Know", "Outlook For Thursday" and the more 80's sounding "Magic (What She Do)".

Breakup[edit]

DD Smash split during the 1980s when Dave Dobbyn began recording by himself. From there he went to work on the Footrot Flats movie soundtrack. Many of the band members became involved with 'DD' over the years, with drummer Peter 'Rooda' Warren becoming Dave Dobbyn's drummer for the next few years, until he was asked to leave under unclear circumstances; both parties stick to the "musical differences" story.

In 2015, as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the New Zealand Music Charts, Recorded Music NZ honoured DD Smash's debut album Cool Bananas as being the first album by a New Zealand artist to debut at No.1 on the album chart.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
positions
Certifications
NZ[4]
1982 Cool Bananas 1
  • NZ: Platinum[5]
1983 Live: Deep in the Heart of Taxes 11
1984 The Optimist 6
  • NZ: Platinum[5]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ
1981 Bull By The Horns (Dave Dobbyn and DD Smash) Non-album single
"Repetition" 25 Cool Bananas
1982 "Devil You Know" 35
"Solo"
1983 "Outlook for Thursday" 3 Non-album single
"Actor" The Optimist
1984 "Whaling" 8
"Surrender"
1985 "Magic (What She Do)" 4
"She Loves Me Back" 38
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

RIANZ Awards[edit]

The New Zealand Music Awards are awarded annually by the RIANZ in New Zealand.

Year Award[6] Details Result
1982 Album of the Year Cool Bananas Won
Top Male Vocalist Dave Dobbyn Won
Top Group of the Year Won
Most Promising Male Vocalist Dave Dobbyn Won
Producer of the Year Cool BananasIan Morris Won
Engineer of the Year Cool Bananas — Paul Streekstra & Doug Rogers Won
Sleeve Design of the Year Wayne Robinson — Cool Bananas Won
1983 Album of the Year Live: Deep in the Heart of Taxes Won
Single of the Year "Outlook for Thursday" Won
Top Male Vocalist Dave Dobbyn Won
Top Group of the Year Won
Producer of the Year "Outlook for Thursday" Nominated
Most Popular Artist Won
Best Music Video "Outlook for Thursday" —Andrew Shaw Won
Engineer of the Year Live: Deep In The Heart Of Taxes—Graeme Myhre Nominated
"Outlook for Thursday"—Paul Streekstra Nominated
Producer of the Year "Outlook for Thursday"— Dave Dobbyn Nominated
1985 International Achievement Nominated

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DD Smash". Biography. Music.net.nz. 
  2. ^ "Homegrown Profiles: Dave Dobbyn". Documentary. NZ On Screen. 
  3. ^ "40 years of chart-topping music". Stuff. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY DD SMASH". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Gold and platinum New Zealand albums to 2013". Te Ara. Encyclopedia of NZ. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "NZMAs". nzmusicawards.co.nz. Retrieved 2012-09-30.