DD Smash

dave dobbyn‘s early 80s pop outfit, with peter warryn, rob guy, lisle kinney, scott calhoun, ian morris, gary langsfor and andrew clouston. big singles with ‘devil you know’, ‘whaling’ and of course the staple ‘outlook for thursday’ (which dark tower sampled in the early 00s, and featured dobbyn providing backing vocals), and were hugely successful with their 3 albums from 1981 to 85.
discography
picks in bold

  • cool bananas [1982 mushroom L37832]
  • deep in the heart of texas [1983 live recording mushroom L29016]
  • the optimist [1984 mushroom L38225]

awards etc
rianz awards 1982

  • album of the year ‘cool bananas’rn
  • top group of the year dd smashrn
  • most promising male vocalist dave dobbynrn
  • top male vocalist dave dobbynrn
  • sound engineer of the year paul streekstra/doug rogersrn
  • producer of the year ian morrisrn
  • cover design of the year wayne robinsonrn

rianz awards 1983

  • single of the year ‘outlook for thursday’rn
  • album of the year ‘deep in the heart of taxes’rn
  • top group of the year dd smashrn
  • top male vocalist dave dobbynrn
  • best music video of the year ‘outlook for thursday’rn

Th’ Dudes

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).

discography

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]

awards etc

rianz awards 1979

  • single of the year: ‘be mine tonight’
  • top group of the year: dd smash