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Dave Dobbyn (born January 3, 1957) is a New Zealand award-winning musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. In his early career he was a member of rock group Th’ Dudes and the main creative force in popsters DD Smash; since then has released the majority of his recordings as a solo act.

His first success came with a band, Th’ Dudes, which he formed while still in school. Their hit song “Be Mine Tonight” won single of the year in 1979 in New Zealand, while singles “Walking in Light” and “Bliss” became popular anthems.

After Th’ Dudes folded, Dobbyn formed pop group DD Smash. The band’s first album Cool Bananas debuted in the New Zealand charts at number one. The band’s hit singles included “Devil you Know”, “Outlook for Thursday”, and the violin-tinged “Whaling”.

When DD Smash folded, Dobbyn began a successful solo career, by writing the soundtrack music for the animated feature film Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale in 1986. The film yielded two hit singles: “Oughta Be in Love” and the chart-topping “Slice of Heaven”, recorded with the band Herbs. After the release of the film, Slice of Heaven became one of Dobbyn’s best-known songs, frequently used in tourism advertisements aired on Australian television that encouraged people to visit New Zealand. As a result, many Australians jokingly referred to the song as the New Zealand National anthem.

At the 2001 New Zealand Music Awards Dobbyn won a Lifetime Achievement Award.


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  • BeckyLovesDelta

    spendid singer.

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Fat_Dogs

    Dave Dobbyn is a Living Treasure [3]

    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • KeithJones

    Dave Dobbyn is a Living Treasure [2]

    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Wubsy

    Choice. That's what kiwi's say innit?

    27 May 2009 Reply
  • karlfest

    Dave Dobbyn is a Living Treasure and an extraodinarily rich and rare voice, writer and guitar stylist. Bravo Dave you sing and write truly great songs.

    22 May 2009 Reply
  • flotsam_jetsam

    when is everyone going to get past the whole 'kiwiana' thing and realise that Dave Dobbyn's music is absolute rubbish

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • cereal4life

    Dave Dobbyn is the man. makes me proud to be a New Zealander! Sam_is_ok, how can you blame that on Dave? It may have been the producer, video editor or one of about a hundred or so others who would be involved in making up the music video.

    27 Oct 2008 Reply
  • RocknrollHendo

    Lamguage and Hangin' On The Wire are DDs Best Tracks

    23 May 2008 Reply
  • Fuzyfrog

    Th' Dudes recent tour was so good , I recommend the CD to everyone

    5 Jul 2007 Reply
  • sam_is_ok

    this guys a fuckwit. he puts a fucking refugee in his video whos known to have links to terrorists. fuck you dobbyn.

    18 Mar 2007 Reply
  • demented_budgie

    Slice of Heaven, aw.

    6 Mar 2007 Reply
  • RogueEagle

    Slice of heaven is cool, loyal is a terrible song.

    23 Nov 2006 Reply
  • Domstersch

    Heh. I saw Dave walking along Elliot Street in the city yesterday. He looked like he was in a bit of a hurry.

    30 Sep 2006 Reply
  • qalkoxy3

    this is...different

    5 May 2006 Reply

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