Herman Dune

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Herman Dune (originally Herman Düne) is a French duo, formed in 1999. Originally a trio, the band now consists of David-Ivar Herman Dune (guitars and vocals), and Néman Herman Dune (drums and sometimes backing vocals). Néman, who is from Switzerland, replaced former drummer Omé in early 2001. On 13 December 2006, André Herman Dune played his last show with the band, and subsequently changed his name to Stanley Brinks. With Andre's departure, the umlaut was dropped from the name. The band is often joined by other musicians on live performances.

Some of Herman Dune's influences include: Leiber & Stoller, Chuck Berry, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Jonathan Richman and Carole King.

Herman Dune have worked with several other bands and singers such as Turner Cody, Julie Doiron, Leah Hayes, Laura Hoch and the Wave Pictures.

The band is often mistaken as being Swedish, probably because André and David have a Swedish mother. In an interview in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet Néman says "The band is French." David continues: "Yes, the confusion about our origin is because people are good at making things up. And we have never fought the rumours. I lived in USA for a while, and all of a sudden the band was American."

In addition to the band's own albums, its members have worked on many side projects, including Kungen, Ben Haschish, Ben Dope, John Trawlings, Fountain Boats, Satan's Fingers, and Fast Ganz. They have also played as the backing band for recordings by Julie Doiron (ex-Eric's Trip) and Kimya Dawson (ex-Moldy Peaches). Both André and David-Ivar have also released numerous solo CDs (mostly self-released CDRs). André and David-Ivar each contributed a song to the 2006 album by Françoiz Breut, Une Saison Volée. In 2006 he did a Take-Away Show video session shot by Vincent Moon.

This song 'I Wish That I Could See You Soon' was #89 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 They Go to the Woods Herman Düne 2
2000 Turn Off the Light Herman Düne 1
2001 Switzerland Heritage Herman Düne 1
2003 Mas Cambios Herman Düne 1
2003 Mash Concrete Metal Mushrooms Herman Düne 2
2005 Not on Top Herman Düne 2
2006 Giant Herman Dune 1
2008 Next Year in Zion Herman Dune 2
2011 Strange Moosic Herman Dune 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Mariage à Mendoza Herman Dune 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Money-Makers on My Back Herman Düne 1
2005 Jackson Heights Herman Düne 1
2007 I Wish That I Could See You Soon Herman Dune 2
2008 1-2-3 Apple Tree Herman Dune 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 15 Trapped in a Fire Herman Düne 1

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