Raised on a diet of Radio One, Pirate Radio and jukebox singles Dave accumulated a healthy liking of
sex, drugs and alcohol. In 1978 formed his first band, punk rockers ABSA, composers of the classic punk
anthem, We Want Speed On The National Health.
1980 saw the formation of The DEAD HIPPY label in Maidstone, Kent by DAVE ARNOLD-
the first release was from Dave’s newly formed indie experimental band, STARK - receiving
good reviews from Sounds music magazine and distribution through Rough Trade and Bonaparte Records.
DEAD HIPPY also released albums by local bands - APPROPRIATE NOISE, The PERFORMING
FERRETS and artist & poet CHARLES THOMSON (Stuckism, Medway Poets).
The Performing Ferret ep caused a stir when JOHN PEEL played the single on his Radio One late night
show then uncharacheristically proceeded to slag the name of the band and the name of the Dead Hippy label!!
The irony of all this was that the band were supporting, THE FALL (one of Peels favourite bands)
and the tongue-in-cheek fun was lost on Peel !!
The DEAD HAPPY RECORDS label was established in 1982, mainly as an outlet for Daves manic
but prolific output! Dead Happy went on to release 38 varied projects featuring a hybrid of musical styles
from the experimental strangeness of Daves solo work as The STARKMAN to the all-out psycho-sonic
dramatic attack of the controversial and mystical TURN BLUE!
7 SONGS • TURN BLUE cd cover
2000 saw the formation of VIBEZONE in Hastings, East Sussex by DAVE ARNOLD-
the first release was from Dave’s new solo project - The VIBEMAN, a collection of cinematic synth soundtracks.
VIBEZONE releases are an eclectic mixture of Daves solo projects and collaborations with various artistes,
from Rock to Indie through Punk to Dance but continuing the strange ambience of Daves poetic artistic vision.
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