D.U.R.

A one-off single-release project, which has remained unknown. A fine example of the way 80s machinic electronics, angular guitar and jazzy sax were mixed in that period.

Daevid Allen

Not a postpunk artist as such, Australian poet and singer Daevid Allen has released a number of records from 1970 onwards. His early 80s stuff are amongst the most angst-filled ones.

Dalek I

Dalek I or Dalek I Love You as is their full name, was a small electropop band from Birkenhead, UK. They released a few records that were somewhat poppy as compositions, but always had bizarre minimal or adventurous instrumentations.

Dancing Cigarettes

A great post-punk band from Indiana, a place with a vibrant scene in the late 70s. All the ingredients of the period are here: syncopated bridges, weird guitar dialogues, dissonant chords, sax-abstraction, paranoid female vox, a surreal name. Yet the band remains largely unknown.

Danielle Dax

Introducing Danielle Dax as an oddity is certainly one of the 80s most unfair stories, as she is absolutely amazing and should have been as big as Kate Bush or something.

Danny Alias

Although Danny Alias released only one song, this audiovisual political collage is so wonderfully-made it had to be included here. He has recently been rediscovered and his 12" sells for a lot of money.

Danny &The Dressmakers

It’s amazing to think that Graham Massey of 808 state was in this deconstructive messy band, but it is true! Intense anarchic punky messthetics.

Danny And The Parkins Sisters

A very obscure but very innovative art-punk San Francisco outfit that utilised detuned instruments, screaming/chanting and found elements to create their highly energetic performances. They released one mini-LP.

Dark Day

Dark Day is the minimal wave project of Robin Crutchfield, member of the legendary no-wave band DNA. The result was a sound that was close to early Tuxedomoon material and in fact Peter Principle of Tuxedomoon recorded with Crutchfield on a couple of occasions.

Debile Menthol

Arguably the most adventurous and anarchic band to come out of Switzerland in the early 80s, Debile Menthol released two insanse jazz-punk-classical music albums with dadaistic lyrics.

Decibel

Decibel from Mexico delivered in 1978 one of the most complex avant-prog-angst Zappa-esque records of the time, a sought after object by avant-garde music collectors.

De div

Gang of Four-esque angular-type band from Delft, where its four members studied. For fans of tight rhythm-heavy post-punk, this would be a treat.

Delta

Not to be confused with Delta 5 (of “Mind Your Own Business” fame), Delta was a short-lived post-punk project. Their sound showcases the tension between the pop song and “something else” that was characteristic of the period.

‪Detlef Diederichsen‬

‪Detlef Diederichsen‬ is a journalist and musician that in the early 80s was around the circles of Palais Schaumburg and co, producing one rather nifty avant-pop record with the help of Timo Blunck and Thomas Fehlmann.

Deux

Deux is not the typical band that would be featured in this website, as they lean towards the coldwave sound, but if anything we decided to include them, as their sound seems so incredibly contemporary, it could almost be described as ‘folktronica’ by 2010 standards.

Diagram Brothers

A late 70’s concept band from a bunch of Manchester science students, this is art-post-punk at its finest. The band worked with strict formulas to essentially produce ‘scientific punk’. Very strange indeed.

The Different I's

UK-style no-wave obscurity that had one 7" release and took part in an also obscure post-punk compilation. Spoken-word DIY punk fans rejoice.

Din A Testbild

Legendary early industrial German band that included many underground music heroes, like Gudrun Gut and Frieder Butzmann.

Diseño Corbusier

A psychology student without any previous musical experience, met two law students obsessed with the power of machines and the band was created! From Granada’s interesting experimental scene.

Dislocation Dance

As close as post-punk ever came to jazz/lounge-pop, Dislocation Dance were a Manchester-based collective who brought 60s pop, post-punk and jazz influences together to weave a sound that sounds incredibly fresh and ‘dangerously’ close to bands like Stereolab. They were one of the very few bands to re-appropriate French bubblegum-pop before the 90s.

distributors

Another John Peel favourite, the Distributors from Yorkshire released only a few songs, but ones that capture perfectly late-70s angst about technology taking over. The prolific Steve Bersford was also a member.

DNA

Possibly the most seminal band when it goes to anarchic anti-structured no-wave of New York, DNA where more avant than anything of their time.

Do-Po

The meeting point between electrodisco and post-punk/wave quirk is found most commonly and probably best developed in the now known italo-disco genre. Do-Po is a fine – if not somewhat obscure – example of this from 1981.

Die Dominas

A one-off conceptual band project of krautrock composer Manuel Göttsching, this is a freeform spoken-word-meets-comedy-meets-psychedelia oddness with early-80s written all over it.

Don Bartnick

Little is known about this weird minimal-synth-meets-sax German outfit, but whatever it is it sounds pretty good. Appeared in some legendary werd-NDW collections alongside bands like Der Plan and Croox.

doof

Endless weirdness from a sort of band thing, repetetive vocals, synth mess, non-communicative autism, just lovely. They can also be found in the brilliant if not a little harsh “I hate the Pop Group” compilation.

The Door and the Window

The Door and the Window were as much important for their DIY sound and parody lyrics, as they were for their backstage work, whether that was writing political texts on record production or organising the seminal festival 'Jazz Punk Bonanza'

Die Doraus Und Die Marinas

Although largely considered a novelty project of the NDW period in Germany, Die Doraus & Die Marinas, just prove how bizarrely innovative the German pop ‘mainstream’ was at the time. Andreas Dorau fused many different genres from electro to punk seemingly trying to make pop songs, but they always sounded somewhat off/odd.

Doris Norton

An iconic figure of both the Italian avant-garde, as well as electronic sound development in the 80s, Doris Norton made Kraftwerk-y music with IBM’s research lab. [Looking at it in hindsight, one wonders why a big corporation like IBM would sponsor such ventures, but the 80s hardly ever make sense anyway]

Dorothy

Cosmic disco meets spoken word in the beautiful early work of Dorothe Max Prior for the legendary Industrial Records. The musicians on this pop single include Genesis P-Orridge and Alex Fergusson.

Drinking Electricity

Drinking Electricity was one of the most enjoyable quirky minimal-pop bands of the early 80s, recently also sampled by Crystal Castles. All this cannot explain how they still remain unknown.

Duet Emmo

Duet Emmo (that was actually a trio!) was a one-off project by Daniel Miller of Mute Records, Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis. They played a lush open-form minimal-wave, a cross between David Sylvian and French cold wave.

Dunkelziffer

Part krautrock minimalism, part new wave madness and incorporating Damo Suzuki and various other influential krautrockers, Dunkelziffer encapsulates with its rhthymic minimalist intensity the special sound that developed in Cologne in the early 80s.

Dvouleta Fama

Wonderful meta-post-jazz band from the Czech republic, that mixed obscure rhythmicalities and bizarre vocals and words.

Dzeltenie Patnieki

DzP (which means yellow postmen) from Latvia is one of the most interesting art-synth bands to come out of east europe in the early 80s. Their early albums that touched on a variety of styles were distributed on Magnitzdat, a sort of bootleg cassette format in the former Soviet Union.