Dag Nasty was formed in Washington D.C. in 1985 by Brian Baker(guitar), Shawn Brown(vocals), Colin Sears(drums), and Roger Marbury(bass). After recording demos and playing a few shows, Shawn Brown left, and Dave Smalley, one of the roadies, replaced him. This is how Brian Baker envisioned the band.
They then went on to release their first album, Can I Say in 1986. Dag Nasty played 8 shows with Dave over a span of four months, and he decided to go to school. This was just before a summer tour with the descendents. Dag enlisted the help of Peter Cortner on vocals. Wig Out at Denko’s was released the following year. (1987) They continued touring as a headline throught the next two years, with Roger Marbury leaving March ‘87 and Colin Sears leaving in May because he developed a cyst on his arm. Marbury was succeeded by Doug Carrion, and Sears was replaced by Temporary drummer London May. May was then succeeded by Scott Garrett
Dag then moved from Ian MacKaye’s Dischord, to Giant records and released Field Day.
They toured in support and eventually went their separate ways.
The Can I Say lineup(Baker, Sears, Smalley, and Marbury.) joined forces to release Four On the Floor in the summer of 1992 on Epitaph. This record was meant for the “underground punk scene,” even though it would all break into the mainstream on the same label(Epitaph) in just a few years. Dag Nasty decided not to tour in support of this album, and went their separate ways once more. The Can I Say lineup came together one more time in 2002 to release Minority of One on revelation records.
There have been small bits of talk about another record with Peter, or a reunion show, but nothing official or huge. Baker allegedly stepped into the studio with Dave to record some acoustic versions of old Dag songs.
Written by Uncle Chapstick