The Dayglo Abortions (sometimes abbreviated to DGA) are a Canadian hardcore punk and metal band from Victoria, British Columbia. Their lyrics reflect a genre-typical disregard for societal norms. The band was formed in 1979 and released a first album in 1981. The band has sold 500,000+ copies worldwide since their first release. The band's biography, Argh Fuck Kill: The Story of the Dayglo Abortions, by the author Chris Walter, was published in 2010 by Gofuckyerself Press. Gymbo Jak, the lead singer from 1994 to 2007, also sang for the Toronto-based Maximum RNR.
Dayglo Abortions performing at The Cobalt Hotel in Vancouver, August 2004
|Origin||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Genres||Punk rock, hardcore punk, crossover thrash, heavy metal|
|Associated acts||Bunchofuckingoofs, Lummox,|
In 1988, a police officer in Nepean, Ontario, instigated a criminal investigation of the Dayglos after his daughter brought home a copy of Here Today, Guano Tomorrow. Obscenity charges were laid against the Dayglo Abortion’s record label, Fringe Product, (carried by Alternative Tentacles in the US and embroiling Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra in the battle for freedom of speech) and the label's record store, Record Peddler, but those charges were cleared in 1990.
Two albums featured in the resulting trial, the covers and the lyrical content being showcased by the prosecution. Here Today, Guano Tomorrow had a cover showing a picture of a hamster eating from a box of chocolates on nice satin sheets, along with a glass of wine, while a hand points a gun at the hamster; the back cover shows a depiction of the resulting carnage. The band's previous album, Feed Us a Fetus, was perhaps a little less graphic, with a depiction of a baked fetus on the table in front of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
On their 2004 album, the Dayglos showed a new-found political awareness. Holy Shiite has song titles such as "America Eats Her Young", "Christina Bin Laden", "Scientology", and "Where's Bin Laden?".
- Murray Acton "The Cretin", lead guitar and vocals, 1979-1994, 1998–present
- "Blind" Marc, drums, 2011–present
- Matt Fiorito, guitar, 2015–present
- "Jesus Bonehead", drums, 1979-2010
- "Spud" AKA "Stupid' "Couch Potato", Bass, 1979-1999
- "Mike Jak", guitar, 1986-1994, 1997, 2007, 2011-2015
- "Gymbo Jak", vocals, 1994-2007
- "Hung Jak", guitar, 1995-2000
- "Willy Jak", bass guitar, 2000-2018
- "Nev The Impailer", guitar, 1986-1989
- "Squid", lead guitar, 1994-1996
- "Wayne Gretsky", guitar, 1985-1986
- Out of the Womb (1981)
- Feed Us a Fetus (1986)
- Here Today, Guano Tomorrow (1987)
- Two Dogs Fucking - Deux Chiens Fourrent (1991)
- Little Man in the Canoe (1995)
- Corporate Whores (1996)
- Stupid World, Stupid Songs (1998)
- Death Race 2000 (1999)
- Holy Shiite (2004)
- Live 2011 (2011)
- Armageddon Survival Guide (2016)
- Charlotte Dillon. "Day Glo Abortions". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
- Gofuckyerself Press. GFY Press News Release, August 2010
- Harper, Kate. The band has sold 500,000+ copies worldwide since their first album (Out of the Womb) was released in 1981. "Dayglo Abortions Singer Joins Maximum RNR" Archived 2010-02-24 at the Wayback Machine. Chart Attack. March 13, 2009.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-20. Retrieved 2014-08-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Canadian Press, "Record firms, rights groups laud obscenity case ruling: Impact on music industry, criminal laws still in doubt" (November 10, 1990)., Reprinted in The Globe and Mail, p. C13.