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how it all started
D-A-D began playing together in the early 1980s in Copenhagen, Denmark, under their original band name Disneyland After Dark.
D-A-D released their first EP in 1985 and has now been together for more than twenty years, with only one change in the lineup, as Laust Sonne replaced former drummer Peter Lundholm Jensen in 1999. The band released their 11th album - DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ARD.ARK - November 11, 2011.
When the group made their international breakthrough in 1989, they had to change the band name to D.A.D. to avoid an impending lawsuit from the Walt Disney Company. In 1995, the "spelling" changed to D:A:D, to make it more obvious that it was an abbreviation. Finally in 2000, the band story became one of advanced punctuation as the spelling was changed to the more internet-friendly D-A-D.
To learn more about the band, read from the beginning of the D-A-D biography or skip to the chapter of your choice. And stay tuned as chapters will be added...
You can also find out more about D-A-D's releases by checking out the Discography or you can get a taste of their music right now by listening to the player while online.
The beginning, 1982
In the early 1980s, three young men – Stig Pedersen, Jesper Binzer, and Peter Lundholm Jensen – met in the Copenhagen punk music milieu and formed the first Disneyland After Dark.
Happy birthday - March 3, 1984
First record deal, 1984
Call Of The Wild, 1986
Going into the studio again in the fall of 1986, the band had older material with them that had not been used for Standin' On the Never Never as well as newly written songs. Once again, recording took place in Studio 39, and both producer Frank Marstokk and technician Jørgen Bo were in place again.
Draws A Circle, 1987
- Vetoed the sitar solo on I Won't Cut My Hair that Cobber wanted.
- Cut the original 16 verses in the song 10 Knots down to two. (However, an ad-lib was added at the end.)
- Intervened when Stig invited a journalist, who came to do an interview, to sing a chorus hooligan style.
The big break, 1989
Riskin' It All, 1991
The long silence 1992-1995
Peter leaves the band, 1999
Laust joins the band, 1999