|Also known as||Starkicker|
|Origin||St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada|
|Years active||1996–bef. 2006|
|Past members||Doug Boudreau
The group originally formed as Starkicker in the 1990s, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Ben Dunk, bassist Nick Dunk and drummer Doug Boudreau. The band's debut album Beach Music was released in 1996, and achieved two Canadian hits with the songs "Get Up" and "Neil Armstrong".
Beach Music was a top-30 Canadian campus radio chart hit in the late summer and fall of 1996.
The first single from the album, "Get Up", entered the RPM Rock/Alternative 30 charts at No. 30 on July 22, 1996, and stayed on the chart for 10 weeks, peaking at No. 10 the week of August 26. "Neil Armstrong" enjoyed even greater success, debuting on the RPM Top 100 singles chart on October 14, 1996 at No. 98. The song peaked at No. 26 in December of that year and stayed on the chart for 11 weeks.
Deciding that the name Starkicker didn't fit, in 1999 the band changed their name to Dunk, added guitarist Tawgs Salter to the lineup, and released the follow-up album Time to Fly under their new name. The album's first single "Crowdsurfing" was a hit in May 2000, debuting and peaking on the RPM Rock/Alternative chart at No. 18. It stayed on the chart for 9 weeks. No other singles from the album charted.
As of 2006 Ben Dunk was the co-owner of Sound of Pop, a Toronto-based publishing, label and management firm.
- "New name means new approach for Dunk". Victoria Times-Colonist, November 25, 1999.
- "Smooth sailing so far for bandmate brothers". Halifax Daily News, October 31, 1996.
- Campus Radio Chart For September 24, 1996[permanent dead link]
- RPM Magazine Rock/Alternative - Volume 64, No. 2, August 26 1996
- Top Singles - Volume 64, No. 9, October 14, 1996
- Top Singles - Volume 64, No. 18, December 16 1996
- Top Singles - Volume 64, No. 21, January 27 1997
- "Nominees in major Juno categories". Montreal Gazette, January 30, 1997.
- Rock/Alternative - Volume 70, No. 26, May 01 2000
- ole/Sound Of Pop's Ben Dunk Expands His Horizons