The Danish band formed in the early 80’s as “Disneyland After Dark”, but changed their name to D-A-D to avoid a lawsuit from the most sinister corporation on the planet. They started out as a band that was very difficult to put a genre on, they played “Cow Punk” and were really doing their own thing on “Call Of The Wild”.
Their next album “D-A-D Draws A Circle” was a little more focused on Rock, but they were still out there a little bit and hard to pin down. It wasn’t until “No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims” in 1989 where they achieved more international success.
The record label tried really hard to put them in the same category as the Glam Metal that massively popular thanks to bands like Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Bon Jovi and a slew of others. The problem was it that D-A-D were still really doing their own thing, they didn’t sound like anyone else, but yet they did fit to some degree in the genre.
‘Sleeping My Day Away’ almost had a slacker/Grunge vibe to it. While you had huge anthems like ‘Kickstart My Heart’ and ‘Welcome To The Jungle’, the track from D-A-D was more laid back and sounded like the soundtrack for a hangover or a stoner’s theme song.
The song was written with a slight AC/DC riff and they guys were made to look more like L.A. scene bands so MTV was all over it when the song was released. But the “slide” guitar tones and Jesper Binzer’s dirty vocals you could almost imagine them being put more in a Alt Rock category.
They had more in common with bands like The Cult than they did with Ratt for instance. Yeah, they had the same fan base to some degree, but over time you would realized they were drastically different. D-A-D did one more album released here and after that their success was pretty much everywhere BUT the States.
D-A-D have always walked to their own song and done their own thing. For a brief moment they were thrown into a scene that was actually going to start dying before they achieved the success they deserved.