along with ian morris (who later joined him in dd smash), bruce hambling, peter coleman, lez white and pat urlich, the dudes were dave dobbyn‘s late 70s / early 80s pop band (though slightly more rock-orientated than the later outfit) – and dobbyn didn’t even sing all the songs! th’ dudes had hit singles with ‘be mine tonight’, ‘right first time’ and of course the drunken kiwi anthem ‘bliss’, putting them in line with the exponents as the most over-played of all kiwi drinking bands through the course of their 3 albums (’79-82).
picks in bold
- right first time [1979 key L36682]
- where are the boys? [1980 key L37018]
- so you wanna be a rock’n’roll star [1982 key D30560]
rianz awards 1979
- single of the year: ‘be mine tonight’
- top group of the year: dd smash