Thin Lizard Dawn

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Thin Lizard Dawn
Origin New York City
Genres Alternative rock, Indie rock
Years active 1990s
Labels RCA
Past members
  • Greg Lattimer
  • Howie Statland
  • Ken Fermaglich
  • Mike Gagliardi
  • Dave Berk

Thin Lizard Dawn were a 1990s American rock group from New York City who released two major label albums on RCA Records in the late 1990s. They are probably most widely known for their first CD release, Thin Lizard Dawn, which was released in 1996, that featured the single "Sexual Dynamo", in addition to the song "Sucks" ridiculing Oasis. The band's label however, had difficulty marketing the band and dropped them after the release of their second album.


Thin Lizard Dawn was formed in the early 1990s when all four members were students at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and they later relocated to Manhattan.[1][2] Mike Gagliardi replaced original bassist Ken Fermaglich.[3]

Cover of 1996 self-titled debut of Thin Lizard Dawn

The band was signed to RCA Records in late 1995,[4][5] who released two albums. Thin Lizard Dawn was released in late 1996. It featured the single "Sexual Dynamo", as well as the song "Sucks" ridiculing Oasis.[6] Babysue reviewed the album and called it "one of the strongest debut discs I have ever heard", and described its sound as "techno-bubblegum," meaning "extremely upbeat and catchy, but the lyrics have an obtuse quality that transcend mere pop."[6] On the other hand, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic gave the album a negative review, that while sometimes the "group makes a hook hit home with their brute force," most of the album "is simply style over substance, and someone else's style, at that."[7]

Their follow-up album, Go, was released in October 1999, with "Get It" designated as the first single.[8] They disbanded in 2000.

Two of the band's songs, "Weed" and "Under the Wing", were used in the 2000 film Cruel Intentions 2.[citation needed]


Howie Statland went on to form the band NYC Smoke.[9]

Greg Lattimer formed HotSocky.[10] He has also done producing, including the 2006 album Yours to Keep by Albert Hammond, Jr..[11]

Mike Gagliardi has played bass for Davey La,[12] and has recorded albums as Mikki James.[3]

Dave Berk plays multiple instruments and is a music producer, and has led bands that have appeared at the Anguilla and Philippine Jazz Festivals.[13]

Original bassist Ken Fermaglich moved into the business side of music, working with The Agency Group in New York.[14]


  • Thin Lizard Dawn (1996)
1. What Did I Do
2. Sexual Dynamo
3. Killing Charlie
4. Happy/Loonies
5. Anesthesia
6. Pop Life
7. Say What You Want
8. Weed
9. Space
10. Power Intro
11. Power Ballad
12. Sucks
13. Heavily Addicted
  • Go (1999)
1. Get It
2. Summer Song
3. Gettin' a Piece
4. Soda Pop & Lemonade
5. Thrill Ride
6. Sleep
7. Ooh
8. New Kid
9. Kiddies & The Ravers
10. Messages
11. Turn Yourself In
12. Under Dina Vingo (Under the Wing)
13. Passengers on Planet Earth
  • For Faces and Places (limited release)


  1. ^ Catherine Applefeld (May 22, 1993). "Continental Drift--New York". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ Neil Strauss (January 1, 1996). "In the Riffs and Curlicues, A Patchwork of the 1970s". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Jennifer Kelly. "A Short Talk with Mikki James". Splendid. Retrieved February 26, 2010. ("Yeah, the New York history goes back to... I moved to New York from Connecticut in 1994 or 1995. I moved down to play with Thin Lizard Dawn, thinking that there was already a deal on the table, as so many people usually think, and there wasn't. So I worked for a while and then we got signed to RCA Records. We were with RCA for about six years.")
  4. ^ Jim Farber (April 10, 1996). "BIG LABELS ARE STUCK ON N.Y. BANDS DOWNTOWN'S SURGING CLUB SCENE FUELS A FEEDING FRENZY FOR EDGY AND EXCITING NEW MUSIC". Daily News (New York). Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ Neil Strauss (October 31, 1996). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Thin Lizard Dawn Interview". babysue. 1997. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ Allmusic review, Retrieved November 14, 2010
  8. ^ "There They Go ... Again". Billboard (magazine). October 23, 1999. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ Larry Flick (August 25, 2001). "Continental Drift--Where There's Smoke". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ Gail Worley (Nov–Dec 2003). "Review: HotSocky". Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Strokes' guitarist keeps different company with solo disc". PopMatters. February 9, 2007. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Adam Green, Musician". Gothamist. May 9, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  13. ^ YouTube Profile David A. Berk, Retrieved March 6, 2010
  14. ^ Bio-Ken Fermaglich Senior Vice President,, Retrieved February 26, 2010

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