Friday lost and found: The Del Fuegos 'Do Run Wild'
In 2007, when I was still forced to watch the Disney Channel on a regular basis, a singer named Dan Zane performed songs in between shows on an endless loop. Curiosity got the better of me and I was shocked to learn that Zane was the leader of ‘80s garage rock band The Del Fuegos.
In 1986, the Boston band released the toe-tapping Do Run Wild, which along with I Still Want You, received solid mainstream rock play on the radio. The Del Fuegos were also criticized for being one of the first bands to have a corporate tour sponsor and appear in commercials for Miller Genuine Draft Beer.
The Del Fuegos have been name-dropped in several songs. In 1987, the Young Fresh Fellows mocked The Del Fuegos in Beer Money and were recounted with more fondness in the 1993 Juliana Hatfield song My Sister.
The Del Fuegos broke up at the end of the ‘80s mostly due to yet another brother vs. brother band dispute between Dan and Warren Zane. With the Disney machine behind him, Dan Zane would eventually win the 2007 Grammy for Best Kids Album. Another victory for cooperate America!
- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger