Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Out of their Heads & show #120

Hey this week I will be talking about The D4. The D4 are a band from New Zealand, most people haven't heard of this band. The band formed in 1998, by friends Jimmy Christmas and Dion (not much is known of the members names, except their first name). The D4 formed and started doing live shows in the New Zealand area. There isn't that much info about the band out there, the answer is in their music. Their first release was and EP, The D4 EP in 1999. In 2003 they released 6twenty, which seemed to cause a buzz, the band even appeared on some last night talk shows, but never cracked the mainstream audience. 6twenty is a great album it is a mix of old New York punk and classic rock such as the Rolling Stones. It is a loud, album, which just rocks, you don't hear rock this good anymore, you really have to hear it to believe how good it is.

In 2005, the band released Out of My Head, and sadly broke up in June of 2006. There is no word on whether they will reform or not, because according to their website, they are on hiatus for awhile. But over the album is equally rocking as 6twenty. All of the bands albums feature cover songs, the first covers of "Pirate Love" by Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, and "Mysterex" by The Scavengers (an obscure New Zealand punk band from the 70s). On Out of My Head, there is a cover from the Limespiders (an obscure Australian punk band), and many others. Overall The D4, is a great band that sounds very similar to Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, and rock just as good as The Stooges, The Sonics, AC/DC, or MC5. It's too bad that a band this good, that should have been played on every single radio station in the world, is no longer together.

The song played by the band tonight was "Sake Bomb', a song that was inspired by Japan, Beer, and Sake. It is off their 2005 album, Out of My Head. More information can be found about The D4 on these two websites,

their myspace page

Flying Nun Records Website

An extensive, more complete band history of The D4 can be found in my Auckland Four Post.

Here's the playlist for this week's show:

1. Teenage Head – get off my back
2. Pointed Sticks – new ways
3. The Diodes – tired of waking up tired
4. New York Dolls – chatterbox
5. Sex Pistols – submission (spunk version)
6. The Who – tattoo
7. Buzzcocks – nostalgia
8. Buzzcocks – noise annoys
9. Ramones – rock n’ roll high school
10. Ramones – come back, she cried aka I walk out (demo)
11. The Saints – Brisbane (security city)
12. The Clash – silicone on sapphire
13. The Clash – version pardner
14. The Police – murder by numbers
15. Talking Heads – burning down the house (alternate version)
16. Generation X – Anna smile
17. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – two little Hitlers
18. Big Audio Dynamite – the bottom line (unreleased Rick Rubin remix)
19. Iggy Pop – the passenger
20. Albert Hammond Jr. – everyone gets a star
21. Sloan – HFXNSHC
22. The D4 – sake bomb
23. The Rapture – the sound

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