Da was an early Chicago punk band tinted with a dash of goth and a pinch of Velvet Underground. In addition, the gender balance was initially 3 women and 1 man, and then later 2 and 2. That alone was (and remains) unusual.
Singer/bassplayer Lorna Donley wrote most (all?) of the lyrics, and sang them with an effective, aggresive, dark tone. Her melodic bass parts were generally alert and clever. Guitar players Gaylene Goudreau and David Thomas not only played with great complementarity, they were also actually interesting to watch in live performance. Dawn Fisher completed the distaff majority contributing a basic but relentless drum section. Bob Furem replaced Fisher and most at the time agreed he added a much needed shot of Buzzcocks-like energy.
- Lorna Donley - Vocals Bass
- Gaylene Goudreau - Guitar
- David Thomas - Guitar
- Dawn Fisher - Drums (early) (When did the switch happen? Who is on each record?)
- Bob Furem - Drums (later)
- Dark Rooms 7" 45 (Autumn, 1981)
- A. Dark Rooms
- B. White Castles
- Time Will Be Kind 12" EP (Autumn Records, 1982)
- 1. Next to Nothing
- 2. Strangers
- 3. Silent Snow
- 4. Three Shadows
- 5. This Doubt
- Busted at Oz (Autumn Records, 1981) - Live versions of "The Killer" and "Fish Shit".
- Obik's Da page and
- Obik's Da Album cover
- [Timothy Powell recorded both Busted at Oz, and Time Will Be Kind. He still lists this on his companies home page even though his Metro Mobile Recording has been big and important for years now.]
- [Dark Rooms 45 jacket from www.collectorscum.com]