Dunk (band)

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Also known asStarkicker, blue.bottle.fly.
OriginSt. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
GenresPower pop, pop rock, pop, alternative rock
Years active1995–bef. 2006
Past membersDoug Boudreau
Ben Dunk
Nick Dunk
Tawgs Salter

Dunk, also previously known as Starkicker and blue.bottle.fly., was a Canadian power pop band from St. Catharines, Ontario, who were active from the mid 1990s to early 2000s.[1]


The band formed in the 1990s, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Ben Dunk, bassist Nick Dunk and drummer Doug Boudreau.[2] The original name of the band was blue.bottle.fly.[2] The band sold 1,500 copies of their independent album in the St. Catharines area,[2] after which they were signed by Sony. In 1996, the band changed their name to Starkicker due to another band on the Sony label having a similar name, Bluebottle Kiss.[2] The band released the album Beach Music through Sony in 1996. The first single from the album, "Get Up", peaked at No. 10 the week of August 26, 1996 on the RPM Alternative chart.[3] By September 1996, the album had sold about 10,000 units.[2] The second single from the album, "Neil Armstrong", enjoyed even greater success, peaking at No. 26 on the RPM Top 100 singles chart.[4]

Beach Music was a top-30 Canadian campus radio chart hit in the late summer and fall of 1996.[5]

The band garnered a nomination for "Best New Group" at the 1997 Juno Awards.[6]

Deciding that the name Starkicker didn't fit, in 1999 the band changed their name to Dunk,[1] added guitarist Tawgs Salter to the lineup,[1] and released their follow-up album Time to Fly under their new name on September 7, 1999. The album's first single, "Crowdsurfing", peaked on the RPM Rock chart at No. 18.[7]

On July 1, 2000, the band performed at Edgefest.


  1. ^ a b c "New name means new approach for Dunk". Victoria Times-Colonist, November 25, 1999.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Starkicker credits Internet for big jump in album sales". Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "RPM Magazine Rock/Alternative - Volume 64, No. 2, August 26 1996". Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  4. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 64, No. 18, December 16 1996". Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  5. ^ Campus Radio Chart For September 24, 1996[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "SEARCH AWARDS". Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 70, No. 26, May 01 2000". Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2011-04-29.