The Dan Band

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The Dan Band
Dan Band concert.jpg
Dan Band in Raleigh, NC
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, United States
Genres Comedy rock
Labels SideOneDummy Records
Members Dan Finnerty
Gene Reed
John Kozeluh
Matt Pollock
Marc Strommer
Einar Pedersen
Byron Thames
Ivan Delaforce
Aurelien Budynek

Not to be confused with Lt. Dan Band.

The Dan Band is a comedy band created by actor/comedian Dan Finnerty.[1][2][3][4][5]

The band is well known for its covers of originally female-performed pop songs, with added obscenities and swearing.

Dan has made notable appearances in the movies Old School (singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Lady"), The Terminal, Starsky & Hutch, where he performed Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" at a Bat Mitzvah, and most recently The Hangover (performing "Candy Shop" and "Fame") in a wedding scene reminiscent of his appearance in Old School. In 2005, they released The Dan Band Live, their live full length debut album. They gained attention due to their expletive-heavy version of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," as well as their cover versions of "Lady" by Styx, "Milkshake" by Kelis, Toni Basil's "Mickey," and many others.

They filmed a one hour concert special of their live show called Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band: I Am Woman, for the Bravo network, which was directed by McG and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The band released a Christmas LP called Ho: A Dan Band Xmas. The album consists completely of original Dan Band songs, with no covers. Songs on the album include "Ho, Ho, Ho" (a smooth R&B Christmas song about a prostitute) "Merry Christmakwanzakah", "Please Don't Bomb Nobody This Holiday" and "I Wanna Rock U Hard This Christmas" with a video featuring Florence Henderson from The Brady Bunch making the moves on Santa at a retirement home. The video for "Please Don't Bomb Nobody This Holiday" featured many celebrity cameos, including Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate, Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls, Kyle Gass from Tenacious D, Neil Patrick Harris, Meg Ryan, Macy Gray, Christopher Guest, among others. In addition to their numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno they've been seen as the house band on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Pajama Party and Spike TV's Spike Guys' Choice Awards 2009 as well as appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show, and Last Call with Carson Daly. Dan wrote and performed the finale song for the NBC show Last Comic Standing and was seen as a regular correspondent on The Jay Leno Show and continued on as a correspondent on the new The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.



  • Dan Finnerty - lead vocals
  • Gene Reed - backing vocals
  • John Kozeluh - backing vocals
  • Matt Pollock - backing vocals
  • David Arana/Byron Thames/Richard Maheux - keyboard
  • Marc Strommer/Aurelian Budynek - guitar
  • Einar Pedersen/Daniel Shulman/Brett Bass - bass
  • Ivan Delaforce/Jason Mills - drums


  1. ^ "Dan Band Is Reddy for Anything, Even Helen". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ "Really, the Dan Band's a Man Band". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "Celebrity Pictures, Entertainment News Photo Galleries and Videos - WireImage". 
  4. ^ "". 
  5. ^ "". 

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