Dawn Parade comprised of Greg McDonald (a.k.a. Greg Parade), guitar/vocals; Mick Morley (a.k.a. Mole Parade), guitar; Barney Wade (a.k.a. Barney Parade), bass; and Benjamin Jennings (a.k.a. Ben Parade), drums. Formed in Bury St Edmunds in 2000, they took their name from 'those nights when you've missed the last bus, the last train, the last cab home, and you're left to wander the streets til dawn in last night's clothes' (in the words of a press release read out by Peel just before the broadcast of their first session). The promo single 'Good Luck Olivia' was followed in July 2002 by the EP 'Electric Fence Your Gentleness' (which was ostensibly produced by Bob Geldof) on Repeat. The band gigged extensively before splitting and reforming with a new line-up, which released an eponymous (and posthumous) LP in 2006. McDonald continued solo.

Links To Peel

JP played their releases from the outset. The fact that they seemed to have been the targets of vote rigging for the 2002 Festive Fifty caused only one of their songs to enter (and that at the bottom end of the chart).

Festive Fifty Entries


  • Two sessions, one live from Maida Vale 4.

1. Recorded: 2002-09-11. First broadcast: 08 October 2002. Never repeated.

  • Some Desperate Beat / Strung Out On Nowhere / The Dark Stuff / Moonbathers

2. Live: 05 March 2003. Never repeated.

  • The Passion / The Hole In My Heart / The Craving / Wider Than The January Skies / Olivia

Other Shows Played

The Dawn Parade - Hole in my Heart

The Dawn Parade - Hole in my Heart


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