Dayglo Abortions

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Dayglo Abortions (DGA)
Dayglos at The Cobalt Hotel.jpg
Dayglo Abortions performing at The Cobalt Hotel in Vancouver, August 2004
Background information
Origin Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk, crossover thrash, heavy metal[1]
Years active 1979–present
Labels Fringe Product
God Records
Associated acts Bunchofuckingoofs, Lummox,
Members The Cretin
Willy Jak
Blind Marc

The Dayglo Abortions (DGA) are a Canadian punk band from Victoria, British Columbia. Their lyrics reflect a complete disregard for societal norms. The band was formed in 1979 and released a first album in 1981. The band's biography, Argh Fuck Kill: The Story of the Dayglo Abortions, by the author Chris Walter, was published in 2010 by Gofuckyerself Press.[2] Gymbo Jak, the lead singer from 1994 to 2007, also sang for the Toronto-based Maximum RNR.[3]

History[edit]

Legal trouble[edit]

In 1988, a police officer in Nepean, Ontario, instigated a criminal investigation of the Dayglos after his daughter brought home a copy of Here Today, Guano Tomorrow. Obscenity charges were laid against the Dayglo Abortion’s record label, Fringe Product, (carried by Alternative Tentacles in the US and embroiling Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra in the battle for Freedom Of Speech) and the label's record store, Record Peddler, but those charges were cleared in 1990.[4]

Two albums featured in the resulting trial, the covers and the lyrical content being showcased by the prosecution. Here Today, Guano Tomorrow had a cover showing a picture of a hamster eating from a box of chocolates on nice satin sheets, along with a glass of wine. A gun points at the hamster. The back cover shows a depiction of the resulting carnage. The previous album, Feed Us A Fetus, was perhaps a little less graphic, with a depiction of a baked fetus on the table in front of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

The title song of their next album, Two Dogs Fucking, concerned the supposed priggishness of Ottawa's public officials leading directly to the extinction of the human race.

Politics[edit]

On their 2004 album, the Dayglos showed a new-found political awareness. Holy Shiite has song titles such as "America Eats Her Young", "Christina Bin Laden", "Scientology" and "Where's Bin Laden?".

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • "Blind Marc", drums, 2011–present
  • Murray Acton AKA "The Cretin", guitar and vocals, 1979-1994, 1998–present
  • "Willy Jak", bass guitar, 2000–present

Former[edit]

  • "Nev", guitar, 1986-1989
  • "Wayne Gretzky", guitar, 1985-1986
  • "Squid", guitar and songwriter 1994-1996
  • Trevor Hagen AKA "Stupid", "Couch Potato" or "Spud", bass guitar and vocals, 1979-1999
  • "Mike Jak", guitar and songwriter, 1986, 1994, 1997, 2007, 2011-2015
  • "Hung Jak", guitar, 1995-1999
  • "Gymbo Jak", vocals and songwriter, 1994-2007
  • Brian Whitehead AKA "Jesus Bonehead", drums, 1979-2011

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charlotte Dillon. "Day Glo Abortions". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ Gofuckyerself Press. GFY Press News Release, August 2010
  3. ^ Harper, Kate. "Dayglo Abortions Singer Joins Maximum RNR". Chart Attack. March 13, 2009.
  4. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1990-11-09/entertainment/ca-4470_1_canadian-record
    - http://www.thevaultmag.com/archives/tag/dayglo-abortions
    Canadian Press, "Record firms, rights groups laud obscenity case ruling: Impact on music industry, criminal laws still in doubt" (November 10, 1990)., Reprinted in The Globe and Mail, p. C13.

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