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Dave Dobbyn

Dave Dobbyn was one of the New Zealand pop scene's most popular and respected figures, enjoying success that spanned several decades. He first surfaced in mid-1976 as a founding member of Th' Dudes, one of the country's biggest bands of the era; Dobbyn was widely tapped as their breakout star, earning recognition for writing and singing their biggest hit, "Be Mine Tonight." Critical backlash, combined with drug and alcohol problems, ensured that Th' Dudes' success was short-lived, and following the group's 1980 demise, Dobbyn went into seclusion, writing and recording solo material in relative anonymity. A tour playing guitar in Sharon O'Neill's supporting band followed, and in early 1981 his debut solo single, "Lipstick Power," appeared on CBS; it failed to chart, however, as did the follow-up, "Bull by the Horns."

In mid-1981, Dave Dobbyn's Divers -- a band also consisting of ex-Lip Service guitarist Rob "Revox" Guy, drummer Peter "Rooda" Warren, and bassist Lisle Kinney -- made their live debut. After a handful of gigs, they rechristened themselves DD Smash and soon issued their first single, "Repetition"; it quickly reached the Top 25, and led to the 1982 release of the LP Cool Bananas, which entered the charts at number one. After an auto accident, Kinney left the band, and with new bassist Ian Morris, DD Smash resurfaced in 1983 with the hit "Outlook for Tuesday." After a concert LP, Live: Deep in the Heart of Taxes, Dobbyn fired everyone but Warren, recording 1984's The Optimist with session players.

On December 7, 1984, the new DD Smash played a free concert that ended in rioting; Dobbyn was made the scapegoat of the incident, and was tried for inciting the crowd to violence. The charges were eventually dismissed, but Dobbyn's reputation was sorely damaged; in the wake of the trial, he kept a low profile, recording the soundtrack to the animated feature Footrot Flats, and in early 1986 resurfaced fronting a new group dubbed Dave Dobbyn & the Stone People. The solo single "Slice of Heaven" followed, reaching the top of the New Zealand charts. Another single, "You Oughta Be in Love," was also enormously successful, and after extensive touring, Dobbyn finally issued his proper solo debut, Loyal, in 1988. After a handful of singles, he resurfaced in 1993 with Lament for the Numb; Twist was released a year later, followed by 1998’s The Islander, 2000’s Hopetown, 2005’s Available Light, and 2008’s Anotherland. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Anotherland

1. At Light Speed

2. Anotherland

3. Crosstown Static

4. Only Love Remains

5. When The Water Runs Out

6. Wild Kisses Like Rain

7. Howling At The Moon

8. A Long Way Across Town

9. Deep Calling Deep

10. Hey Stranger

11. Instinct For The Blue

12. The Black Swing

13. Just What I Need

14. Be My Guiding Light

15. Miles And Miles

16. Arms Of Eternity

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Track List: The Islander

1. Waiting

2. Mobile Home

3. Hanging In The Wire

4. Be Set Free

5. Beside You

7. Standing Outside

8. What Have I Fallen For

9. I Never Left You

10. Keep A Light On

11. Hands

13. Hallelujah Song

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Track List: Lament For The Numb

1. Lament For The Numb

2. Falling Of A Log

3. Belle Of The Ball

4. The Expert

5. Palace

6. Bring The House Down

7. Buried In The Backyard

8. Maybe The Rain

9. Belltower

10. Love Over All

11. Don't Hold Your Breath

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Track List: Twist

2. Language

3. Naked Flame

4. Lament For The Numb

5. P.C.

6. Belle Of The Ball

7. Maybe The Rain

8. Protection

9. What Do You Really Want

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Track List: Available Light

1. Intro (Instrumental)

2. Welcome Home

3. Let That River Go

4. Pour The Wine

5. Roll Away

6. Outrageous Design

7. Accustomed To The Light

8. And You Will Lose Everything

9. It's The Truth

10. Forgiveness

11. Free The People

12. Keeping The Flame

13. You Got Heart

14. Drink The River

15. Outro (Instrumental)

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Track List: Footrot Flats: A Dogs Tale

1. Footrot Mornin'

2. Let's Get Canine

3. I Dream Of Rugby

4. Satdy Arvo

5. Horse's Beat

6. You Oughta Be In Love

7. Vernon The Vermin

8. Cooch

9. Nuclear Waste

10. Blackwater

11. Lost At Sea

12. Top Dog

13. Slice Of Heaven

14. You Oughta Be In Love (P-Money Remix)

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Track List: Overnight Success

1. Be Mine Tonight

2. Devil You Know

3. Outlook For Thursday

4. Magic

5. Whaling

6. Guilty

7. Slice Of Heaven

8. Oughta Be In Love

9. Loyal

10. Love You Like I Should

11. Belle Of The Ball

12. Lament For The Numb

13. Language

14. Naked Flame

15. Hanging In The Wire

16. Beside You

17. Hallelujah Song

18. Madeleine Avenue

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Maybe The Rain is on both Twist and Lament for the Numb. And Pandora, PLEASE FIX THE PICTURE FOR SLICE OF HEAVEN. P-Money is NOT Dave Dobbyn!
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I'm not sure whether Dave Dobbyn would take offense at being spoken of in the past tense but I am - a great living treasure.
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raewyn.watso n
Welcome home is awesome!!
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The track is actually Outlook for Thursday
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kiaora1
Maybe the rain, is not from Twist. You`ll find it on Lament for the numb

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