The D4 Profile

Stephen Heard
10 Aug 2013

The D4 were an Auckland-based rock and roll band, highly regarded on the international touring circuit for their explosive live shows and knack for penning sub-three minute party anthems. They are often considered responsible for the renaissance of garage rock in New Zealand.

The D4 formed in 1998 after guitarists Jimmy Christmas and Dion Palmer were introduced at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday party. At the time Christmas was a member of A Bit Off while Palmer played bass in the punk group Nothing At All! Both bands were regulars at the infamous Frisbee Leisure Lounge parties hosted by Rob Mahoney (better known as Z Bob or Bob Frisbee) in a former Bank of New Zealand building on Auckland's Symonds Street.

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The D4 - What I Want
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The D4 with their soundman backstage
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
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The D4 live with The Datsuns
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Photo for the 6Twenty album sleeve
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Come On (2002) 7-inch
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Dion Palmer and Christian Livingstone from The Datsuns
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Poster for the 2000 Japanese tour
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Jimmy Christmas, Rich Mixture, Dion Palmer and Vaughan Williams
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The D4 - Out Of Control ( Lime Spiders cover)
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Real Groove, March 1995
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The D4 - Exit To The City
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The D4, Kings Arms, 10 August 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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The D4 - Jimmy Christmas, Daniel "Beaver" Pooley, Dion Palmer, Vaughan Williams
Photo credit: Photo by C. Taylor Crothers
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Get Loose (2002) 7-inch
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The D4 - Heartbreaker
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The D4 - Party
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Dion, Vaughan and Jimmy in the studio
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The D4 - Sake Bomb
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The D4 performing Get Loose on The Late Show
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Vaughan and Beaver recording
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What I Want (2005) 7-inch
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The D4, Kings Arms, Auckland, 10 August 2002
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Australian tour itinerary, 2002
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The D4 in London
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Final US tour contact list
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Jimmy Christmas, Kings Arms, Auckland, 10 August 2002
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The D4 - Feel It Like It
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What I Want (2005) first 7-inch cover
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Homecoming show, 2002
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Live at the Penguin Club, Oamaru, 2005
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The D4 - taken in London the night the band was signed by Alan McGee
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection. Photo by Paul Raggity.
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The poster for the final show
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The D4 in New York City
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The D4, Kings Arms, Auckland, 10 August 2002
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The D4 - Savage (live in the studio)
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Dion Palmer, Kings Arms, Auckland, 10 August 2002
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The D4 - Get Loose
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Dion Palmer
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
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Jimmy and Dion recording Out Of My Head
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2002 European tour poster
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Dion Palmer, Jimmy Christmas, Vaughan Williams
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Dion Palmer, Kings Arms, 10 August 2002
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Dion Palmer, Kings Arms, 10 August 2002
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Flying Nun


FMR


Hollywood Records


Infectious Records

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Members:

Jimmy Christmas - vocals, guitar

Dion Palmer - vocals, guitar

Daniel "Beaver" Pooley - drums

Rich Mixture - drums

Jake Harding - bass

Paul Robertson - drums

Paul Reid - drums

Vaughan Williams - bass