Dave Dobbyn Profile

Nick Bollinger
Published: 15 Oct 2013
Updated: 30 Nov 2020

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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NZ Music Awards, late 1983. Dave Dobbyn receives an award from the then leader of the opposition, David Lange. A year later it was Lange's government who instructed the police to proceed with a prosecution against Dobbyn after the Queen Street Riot.
Photo credit: Photo by Jocelyn Carlin. Courtesy of RIANZ
Dave Dobbyn, Sam Hunt, Eddie Rayner, Neil Finn at Womad for ENZSO, Western Springs, Auckland, 1997.
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Making the Slice Of Heaven video, 1986
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
Shake! magazine, February 1988
Dave Dobbyn, 2007
Publicity shot for the 2000 Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour
Spot On - Dave Dobbyn (1988)
DD Smash on tour - Rooda and DD, 1983
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
Dave Dobbyn on the Stone People tour, Hautapu Street, Taihape, April 1986.
Photo credit: Chris Bourke
Dave Dobbyn on Holmes (1998)
Language
Dave Dobbyn - Overnight Success (documentary, 1999)
Slice of Heaven - live at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2012
Oughta Be In Love
Welcome Home
Outlook For Thursday
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.
Photo credit: Photo by Chris Caddick
Dave Dobbyn, 1982, with promoter Mike Corless to the right
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
DD Smash at Auckland's Mainstreet, 1982
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
The DD Smash touring van with Dave in the centre, 1983
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn, late 1980s
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Dave Dobbyn, 1982
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Dave Dobbyn on Talk Talk (2010)
Loyal
Dave Dobbyn with Herbs, from the Slice Of Heaven video shoot, 1986
Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, on their nationwide Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
The 1980 Sharon O'Neill touring band with Dave Dobbyn. L to R: Sharon, Brent Thomas, Steve Garden, Dave, Clint Brown
Dave Dobbyn and Peter Warren, 1983
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
Dave in Cha Cha magazine, 1983
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown. Murray Cammick Collection
Dave Dobbyn, 2008
Photo credit: Photo by Philip Simpson
The original lyrics to Bliss, hand-written by Ian Morris and Dave Dobbyn
Photo credit: Ian Morris Archives
Peter "Rooda" Warren
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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.
The Australian DD Smash band, 1984
The Cool Bananas line-up of DD Smash. L to R: Lisle Kinney, Rob Guy, Dave Dobbyn, Peter Warren
Dave Dobbyn, mid-1980s on a summer beach tour
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Dave Dobbyn and an early version of DD Smash with Rob Guy and Lisle Kinney, Avalon Park, Lower Hutt, early 1982.
Photo credit: Photo by Bryan Staff
Dave Dobbyn, 2007
Bic Runga, Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn rehearsing for the 2010 Winery Tour
Whaling
Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Tim Finn on the Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Dave Dobbyn, 2010
Photo credit: Photo by Matt Taylor
Dave Dobbyn at an APRA Silver Scrolls in the early 1990s
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.
Love You Like I Should
Dave Dobbyn, 2008
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.
Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Dave Dobbyn, early 1980s
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Homegrown Profiles: Dave Dobbyn (2005)
Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Tim Fin on tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
A 1995 Sony publicity shot
Live 1982
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Dave Dobbyn, 2009
Dave standing on the corner of Kent Terrace and Oriental Parade, Wellington
Photo credit: Photo by Phil Reid for The Evening Post. Courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library
Dave Dobbyn, 1982
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Dave Dobbyn - Nau Mai Rā (2017)
Dave Dobbyn, 2005
Dave Dobbyn In Concert 1994 (filmed before a studio audience at Revolver Studios, Auckland)
The Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, Tim Finn - Summer Winery Tour 2010
Fun on tour: Paul Streekstra (soundman, producer), manager Roger King, Dave Dobbyn, circa 1983
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown. Murray Cammick Collection
The Australian DD Smash line-up pre-show at the 1984 Thank God It's Over gig
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Dave Dobbyn, mid-1980s
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
Ian Morris, Dave Dobbyn, Scott Calhoun, Nelson early 1984
Photo credit: Ian Morris Collection
Peter Warren and Dave Dobbyn, 1985
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.
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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.
Taken at the 1982 APRA Silver Scrolls, Dave Dobbyn and partner sit with his manager Roger King and Rip It Up editor and owner Murray Cammick
Tim Finn, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Winery Tour 2010
Dave Dobbyn was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2013. The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture enables the site to stream music content.