Dave Dobbyn Profile

Nick Bollinger
15 Oct 2013

Like the proverbial Irish bard, Dave Dobbyn seems to have a song for every occasion.

His songs are sung at weddings and funerals – not just those of everyday citizens but also civic leaders. They are performed for visiting dignitaries, hollered spontaneously at boozy sing-alongs, adopted as campaign songs for major sporting events. At different times, in different situations, he seems to speak – or at least sing – for the whole country.

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Dave Dobbyn In Concert 1994 (filmed before a studio audience at Revolver Studios, Auckland)
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Dave Dobbyn, 2010
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Dave Dobbyn, 2009
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Dave being congratulated by Festival Records boss Jerry Wise on Cool Bananas debuting at Number 1 on the chart. Somewhere in the South Island, maybe Kaikoura.
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Dave Dobbyn, 2005
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The Australian DD Smash line-up pre-show at the 1984 Thank God It's Over gig
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Dave Dobbyn, 1982
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Making the Slice Of Heaven video, 1986
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Taken at the 1982 APRA Silver Scrolls, Dave Dobbyn and partner sit with his manager Roger King and RipItUp editor and owner Murray Cammick
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1980 Sharon O'Neill band with Dave Dobbyn. L to R: Sharon, Brent Thomas, Steve Garden, Dave, Clint Brown
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Whaling
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Dave Dobbyn with Herbs, from the Slice Of Heaven video shoot, 1986
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DD Smash's Gary Langsford, later an art dealer of note in Auckland
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Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, Tim Finn - Summer Winery Tour 2010
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Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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DD Smash on tour - Rooda and DD, 1983
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Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Tim Finn on the Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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The original lyrics to Bliss, hand-written by Ian Morris and Dave Dobbyn
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Dave Dobbyn, 2007
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Outlook For Thursday
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NZ Music Awards, 1984. Dave Dobbyn receives an award from the then leader of the opposition, David Lange. It was Lange's government who instructed the police to proceed with a prosecution against Dobbyn after the Queen Street Riot.
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Interview with Dave Dobbyn about the album Twist, 27 April 1995. Directed by Ross Cunningham, DOP Mike Monten, edited by Gregor Boyd, art by Johnnie Pain. Photographs of Auckland's west coast by Dave Dobbyn.
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Oughta Be In Love
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Slice Of Heaven
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Dave Dobbyn, early 1980s
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Bic Runga, Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn rehearsing for the 2010 Winery Tour
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A 1995 Sony publicity shot
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Publicity shot for the 2000 Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour
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Tim Finn, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Winery Tour 2010
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Dave Dobbyn, 1982
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Peter Warren and Dave Dobbyn, 1985
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Ian Morris, Dave Dobbyn, Scott Calhoun, Nelson early 1984
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Dave Dobbyn, mid-1980s
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Fun on tour: Paul Streekstra (soundman, producer), manager Roger King, Dave Dobbyn, circa 1983
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Gold discs for DD Smash for debut album Cool Bananas, with Minister of Justice Jim McLay. Peter Warren, Rob Guy, Jim McLay, Lisle Kinney (behind), Dave Dobbyn (front). Taken at Record Warehouse in Durham Lane, Auckland, 22 May 1982. There was a countdown to gold and Jim was on hand to present and press the flesh.
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Slice of Heaven - live at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2012
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Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn, late 1980s
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Shake! magazine, February 1988
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Language
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Loyal
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Dave Dobbyn and Peter Warren, 1983
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Dave Dobbyn and an early version of DD Smash with Rob Guy and Lisle Kinney, Avalon Park, Lower Hutt, late 1981
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The DD Smash touring van with Dave in the centre, 1983
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Dave Dobbyn at an APRA Silver Scrolls in the early 1990s
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Dave Dobbyn, 2008
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Peter "Rooda" Warren
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Dave Dobbyn, Sam Hunt, Eddie Rayner, Neil Finn at WOMAD for ENZSO
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The industry invite to the DD Smash Countdown To Gold on May 22, 1982. The Cool Bananas album had already gone gold by the time this was sent out but a little hype is not unknown in the music industry. You can see the presentation of the gold discs elsewhere on this page.
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Welcome Home
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Dave in Cha Cha magazine, 1983
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Live 1982
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Dave Dobbyn, 1982, with promoter Mike Corless to the right
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The Australian DD Smash band, 1984
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Dave standing on the corner of Kent Terrace and Oriental Parade, Wellington
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Love You Like I Should
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Dave Dobbyn, 2008
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Dave Dobbyn's first solo single Bull By The Horns, 1981. Produced by Ian Morris, it was the first time the name DD Smash appeared.
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1983-84 DD Smash line-up after the RIANZ Music Awards. L to R: Ian Morris, Peter Warren, Gary Langsford, Scott Calhoun, with Dave Dobbyn at front.
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Dave Dobbyn, 2007
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Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Tim Fin on tour, 2000
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Dave Dobbyn, mid-1980s on a summer beach tour
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DD Smash at Auckland's Mainstreet, 1982
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Peter "Rooda" Warren, 1982
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The Cool Bananas line-up of DD Smash. L to R: Lisle Kinney, Rob Guy, Dave Dobbyn, Peter Warren
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The Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, on their nationwide Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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