Babylove & the Van Dangos

Babylove & the Van Dangos

 Copenhagen, Capital Region, DNK
BandPopReggae

The soldiers of ska, rocksteady runaways and rebels of reggae bring you music for dancers and lovers.

Biography

Babylove and the van Dangos is a tight group of bonafide musicians and nomatter if it’s live acoustic performances on japanese television, cramped bars, bass booming festivals, this band always deliver. So keep your eyes peeled, because any stage, anywhere, at anytime BvD might be bringing their Rocksteady Ska and reggae to your town.
Babylove and the van Dangos deliver an intense live show. No matter if it is in an underground club in Tokyo, at a block party in Berlin, or on stage at Roskilde Festival, the band guarantees an extravaganza of ripping skanks, heavy one-drops, and blasting horns, with the energetic frontman Daniel Broman spreading the love of old school ska and rocksteady music.

Their unique take on the Jamaican tradition has brought them around the world and earned them a place in league with the top live acts on the ska scene. Building up their reputation in the old fashioned way, Babylove & the van Dangos have toured across Scandinavia and the rest of Europe and have even gone as far away from their home as Japan. Playing more than 300 shows since they joined forces in 2004, they have built a solid fan base by showing that this band always get the crowd's feet moving to the ska and rocksteady beat.

The international quality of the band can be seen in their collaborations with some of the genre's top names. Jamaica's "Queen of Ska" Doreen Shaffer, known from The Skatalites, as well as Coolie Ranx, known from The Toasters and The Pilfers, appear on their second album Lovers Choice which is mixed by the well known ska-producer Victor Rice and released on Megalith Records (CD) and Mad Butcher Records (vinyl). Their latest release is a vinyl 7" split with legendary ska singer-songwriter Chris Murray, released on Jump Up Records and followed up by a joint European tour with this artist in the fall of 2009.

Babylove and the van Dangos are currently finishing their self-produced, forthcoming album The Money and The Time for release in Spring 2010.

MORE VIDEOS, PICS, INFO: www.babylove.dk

Lyrics

Jump’n’swing’n’sway

Written By: Daniel Broman

Jump’n’swing’n’sway

Forget your worries and your 9 to 5, and just
Dance your troubles away
Forget the boss shouting in your ear, and just
Jump and shake a leg

Brush off the dust from the factory floor, and just
Dance your troubles away
Cause you got something they can’t take away
How you Jump’n’swing’n’sway

You get some knocks out of life
You don’t have to tell me twice
But when you knocked to the floor
Just get up and dance some more

Forget that girl who walked out the door, and just
Dance your troubles away
That’s one gone but there’s plenty more, so
Jump and shake a leg

She took your money and your house and car, but just
Dance your troubles away
Cause you got something she can’t take away
How you jump’n’swing’n’sway

Your pocket’s empty I know
And you got nowhere to go
But when your knocked to the floor
Just get up and dance some more

Rudeboy

Written By: Daniel Broman

Tonight I am rude
A rudeboy

I’m just a small boy in a big city and I don’t know what to do
I’ve been struggling everyday, but still I can’t seem to break thru
I do what my mama told me, I work hard and keep my hands clean
Still I’m no more than a cogwheel in this moneyhungry machine

So sick and tired, of eating the scraps of your table
From now on, I’m gonna take, what I want

Tonight, tonight, tonight I am rudeboy
Tonight, tonight, tonight I am rudeboy
Tonight, tonight, tonight I am rudeboy
Tonight I am rude, a rudeboy

I am good man with a good heart, but I get nothing in return
If this is life it sure is a lesson that I hope I’ll never learn
I wear my heart on the sleeve, you just can’t trust anyone
See I tried to ask for help but, they just turned their backs and run

So sick and tired, of not getting back what I put in
From now on, I’m gonna take, what I want

Tonight, tonight, tonight I am rudeboy
Tonight, tonight, tonight I am rudeboy
Tonight, tonight, tonight I am rudeboy
Tonight I am rude, a rudeboy

SAID I CAN SEE THE BIG PIE AND I WANT MY SLICE, CAUSE I'M TIRED OF STRUGGLING WITH MY EYE ON THE PRIZE. LIKE A DUNGEON DRAGON ON A PILE OF GOLD, THEY GOT MORE THAN THEY NEED, MORE THAN THEY CAN HOLD. BUT I WAS MADE STRONGHEARTED AND ABLE, I'M NOT GON' SETTLE FOR NO SCRAPS FROM THE TABLE.
I'LL STEAL FROM THE RICH AND I'LL GIVE TO THE POOR, OVER WALLS AND BARBWIRE STRAIGHT THROUGH YOUR FRONTDOOR.

The road ahead

Written By: Daniel Broman/Stefan Siebenhaar

Road Ahead

I had to, write this song, to remind of the things that I, left at home,
Cause baby while I’m gone, I will be living like I was a, Rolling Stone
So when your home all alone, there’s one thing I want you to know
When I’m out there on stage on a show, I’ll be singing this song, singing it, for you and the city

This is for the old dead city, this is for the road ahead
And where ever I go baby you got to know, that I rather be with you instead
But there’s a van down on the corner, and it’s telling me it’s time to ride
So give my love to the old dead city cause I ain’t coming home tonight

I had to leave the race, just to spread my music to a, another place
Cause though I, I love you girl, there’s to many things to see in this here, big old world, big old world
So when your home all alone, there’s one thing I want you to know
When I’m out there on stage on a show, I’ll be singing this song, singing it, for you and the city

This is for the old dead city, and this is for the road ahead
And where ever I go baby you got to know, that I rather be with you instead
But there’s a van, there’s a van on the corner, and it’s telling me it’s time to ride
So give my love to the old dead city cause I ain’t coming home, coming home tonight

I'M IN THE VAN ROADTRIPPIN', SIPPIN' EVIAN. HUMMIN' THIS RIFF THOUGHT UP BY PAUL SIMENON. A LITTLE BRUISED BUT WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE BECAUSE OLD MAN TROUBLE KEEPS ON DEALING ME ACE. NOW COME RAIN, COME SHINE, IT'S ALL DRY INSIDE AND I GOT ALL THAT I NEED HERE IN THIS OLD RIDE, SO.
WHEN I LONG FOR HOME AND MY HEART GETS COLD, THIS SONG IS GONNA SOOTH MY SOUL. AND THERE'S ONE THING THAT YOU GOT TO KNOW.

Discography

”Run run rudie” cd (Lovers choice records 2005)
”Run run rudie - U.S version” cd (Megalith records 2006)
”Big big Baboon” 7” vinyl (Mad Butcher records 2007)
“Lovers choice” cd/vinyl (Megalith records/Gateway dist. DK/Mad Bucther records 2008)
"I want you here" 7" vinyl (Jump up Records, USA, 2009)
"The money and the time" cd/vinyl (Gateway Music DK/Jump Up Records USA, 2010)

Set List

Jump'n'swing'n'sway
Gangster
Rudeboy
Skankin USA
Copenhagen
The Hardlands
I don't wanna talk about it
Big Baboon
Shoobi doop
Brand new beat
Politrixians
Run Run Rudie
... but I love you
Revolution boys'n'girls
Blow dub
Van Dango
Easy skakin
Hope
Song of labour
The road ahead
Coin in hat
Number one
Fuel to the fire
Brand new beat #2
Friday Night/Saturday Night
A.M.Y.
So long, CPH
Drone Trombone
Stormy Weather
The Hardlands
A wasted day
Walk Tall
Big Big Baboon
These Streets
More of a blessing
The Money and the time
Beers in heaven
Taxman ska
Sampa
Get a gun