Thin Lizard Dawn
|Thin Lizard Dawn|
|Origin||New York City|
|Genres||Alternative rock, Indie rock|
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. Mike Gagliardi replaced original bassist Ken Fermaglich.
The band was signed to RCA Records in late 1995, 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. 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." 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."
Their follow-up album, Go, was released in October 1999, with "Get It" designated as the first single. They disbanded in 2000.
Howie Statland went on to form the band NYC Smoke.
Dave Berk plays multiple instruments and is a music producer, and has led bands that have appeared at the Anguilla and Philippine Jazz Festivals.
Original bassist Ken Fermaglich moved into the business side of music, working with The Agency Group in New York.
- 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)
- Catherine Applefeld (May 22, 1993). "Continental Drift--New York". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- Neil Strauss (January 1, 1996). "In the Riffs and Curlicues, A Patchwork of the 1970s". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- 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.")
- 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.
- Neil Strauss (October 31, 1996). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- "Thin Lizard Dawn Interview". babysue. 1997. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- Allmusic review, Retrieved November 14, 2010
- "There They Go ... Again". Billboard (magazine). October 23, 1999. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- Larry Flick (August 25, 2001). "Continental Drift--Where There's Smoke". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- Gail Worley (Nov–Dec 2003). "Review: HotSocky". InMusicWeTrust.com. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- "Strokes' guitarist keeps different company with solo disc". PopMatters. February 9, 2007. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- "Adam Green, Musician". Gothamist. May 9, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- YouTube Profile David A. Berk, Retrieved March 6, 2010
- Bio-Ken Fermaglich Senior Vice President, theagencygroup.com, Retrieved February 26, 2010