Band Members: Robert Greenwood - vocals; Shane Hatfield - guitar, drum machine, keys; Mike Johnson - guitar; Steve Williams - bass
Robert & The Daisiez (AKA "RATD") were formed in 1994 by Robert Greenwood (vocals, bass), Shane Hatfield (guitar, drum machine) and Mike Johnson (guitar) in Independence, MO "out of boredom." The group's mutual love of music would hold the trio together for the next two years. During that period of time, the band recorded and released three albums, "Honey-Bran Muffins" (1994, Muffin Music/Gang Recordings), "Live In '95" (1995, UTR Records) and "Go Chicken Go!" (1996, Burning Circus Records).
In January of 1997, the band opted to let go of Johnson, citing "creative differences," and continued on for the next seven months as a two-piece. During that period, Greenwood and Hatfield compiled a "best-of" album, "The Daisy Police: Car 69" (1997, Burning Circus). The album not only featured the band's favorite past recordings, but included a few new tracks as well. In July of 1997, the band brought in Hatfield's brother, bassist Steve Williams.
The new trio, Greenwood (vocals), Hatfield (guitars, drum machine, keys) and Williams (bass), recorded "Rock 'n' Roll G-Dogg" (1998, Burning Circus) and showcased the new material at the DAYFest Music Festival in August 1998. Having trouble in the heat, the band invited ex-Daisy Johnson, who was in attendance, onstage to perform. He helped close the show with the band's trademark "Go Chicken Go!" This marked the first and last time all four members of the band performed onstage together.
The band released a special album commemorating Johnson's return later that year, "Penguins In The Smoke" (1998, Burning Circus). It featured new music (as well as some old tracks) and even a remix.
In 2000, the band decided to hang it up, with the original lineup playing their final show that January.
Even though the idea came up from time to time over the next few years to reform the band, there was no RATD activity until late in 2005, when Hatfield came across some old video footage of the band. The footage, shot between 1996 and 1998, was originally intended for a home video that was never made. It would be nearly two more years after the discovery before that video was finally completed. On Friday, July 13, 2007, "Lucky 13" was finished just in time to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the band's formation. A special screening was held on July 14, and the film was officially launched online on Christmas Day. A career retrospective CD from UTR Records, also titled "Lucky 13," had been distributed freely Memorial Day weekend.
On December 12, 2009, the band officially released a 10-track digital compilation, "Lost In The Smoke," for free on their MySpace page, highlighting their years with Burning Circus Records (1996-98). Selected from four different albums and a live concert, these tracks truly define the band at the top of their game.
The band released a love song EP titled "A Trip To The Clinic" online on September 6, 2011. It features three tracks, highlighted by "The Swing" (available for the first time ever).
RATD released a three-song EP titled "Cheap Drinks" on January 3, 2012, available exclusively on their Bandcamp page (ratd.bandcamp.com). The release contains two tracks (a radio edit of "Huggy Bear" and a Dr. Hugo remix of "Go Chicken Go!") that were previously available only on promotional compilations and one track ("Rock The House!") that is available for the first time.
"Paradise" was released as a special summer single on July 5, 2012.
"Hardcore From Main Street" was released as a single on August 16, 2013.
On October 22, 2013, the band released a three-song Halloween-themed remix EP titled "Demonized", featuring three classic tracks "twisted for your Halloween pleasure!"
A new EP, "3 Hits From Heaven", was released on February 25, 2014 to kick-off the band's 20th anniversary. The lead track, "You're Not Cool", went on to win an OurStage.com "Top 40" Award for charting at number 36 for the month of April on the site's "Alternative" chart.
The band reissued their 1998 album, "Rock 'n' Roll G-Dogg", on September 16, 2014, both digitally and on limited edition cd. The cd features new artwork and several bonus tracks.
The band participated in Cassette Store Day 2014 on September 27, 2014 by offering a special cassette titled "Back on Tape After 20 Years" (limited to only 50 copies).
In February 2015, it was announced that the band had landed a spot on a limited edition, three-cassette compilation box set, "400/100", on Denmark's Metaphysical Circuits label. The collection, featuring RATD's new song "Radioactive Bitches (Teleported)", was released on June 12, 2015. The band appears alongside 43 other international artists in the three-hour-long collection, which was also released digitally.