Dayglo Abortions performing at The Cobalt Hotel in Vancouver, BC, August 2004
|Origin||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Genres||Punk rock, hardcore punk, crossover thrash|
|Associated acts||Bunchofuckingoofs, Lummox,|
The Dayglo Abortions are a Canadian punk band from Victoria, British Columbia. Their lyrics are informed by a complete disregard for societal norms. They formed in 1979 and released their first album in 1981. The band's biography, Argh Fuck Kill: The Story of the Dayglo Abortions, by author Chris Walter, was published in 2010 by Gofuckyerself Press. Gymbo Jak, lead singer from 1994-2007, also sang for Toronto-based Maximum RNR.
In 1988, a Nepean, Ontario police officer 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, and the label's record store, Record Peddler, but those charges were cleared in 1990.
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, and 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 Dayglos, for 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.
On their most recent 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?".
- "Blind Mark", drums – 2011–present
- Murray Acton AKA "The Cretin", guitar and vocals – 1979-1994, 1998–present
- "Willy Jak", bass – 2000–present
- "Nev", guitar 1986-1989
- "Wayne Gretzky", guitar, 1985-1986
- "Squid", guitar and songwriter 1994-1996
- Trevor Hagen AKA "Stupid", "Couch Potato" or "Spud", bass and vocals 1979-1999
- "Mike Jak", guitar and songwriter 1986-1994-1997-2007-2011
- "Hung Jak", guitar 1995-1999
- "Gymbo Jak" vocals and songwriter 1994-2007
- Brian Whitehead AKA "Jesus Bonehead", drums – 1979-2011
- Out of the Womb (1981)
- Feed Us a Fetus (1986)
- Here Today, Guano Tomorrow (1987)
- Two Dogs Fucking - Deux Chiens Fourrent (1991)
- Little Man in the Canoe (1995)
- Corporate Whores (1996)
- Stupid World, Stupid Songs (1998)
- Death Race 2000 (1999)
- Holy Shiite (2004)
- Live 2011 (2011)
- Gofuckyerself Press. GFY Press News Release, August 2010
- Harper, Kate. Dayglo Abortions Singer Joins Maximum RNR. Chart Attack. March 13, 2009.
- 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.