|Jan 2003 (The Daily Mirror)
The So Solid Crew have taken a swipe at comeback group DCA claiming their new single Change Your Mind sends out the wrong message to kids. The comments were made after So Solid Crew were asked if their music sent out the wrong message to the people who brought it. Angered by the question they hit back saying that bands like DCA were more to blame for music related crime calling their new single Change Your Mind a disgrace. A reporter then pointed out that the single was asking street gangs to change their minds and go straight, So Solid Crew replied with "exactly".
Jan 2003 (Melody Maker)
DCA - Change your Mind
The message is clear, change your mind, about the band, their sound and what they stand for. This is possibly the best single in the last 10 years. And maybe it is no coincidence that it has been 10 years since their last single. Music has missed bands like this. They are no afraid to sing about what is on their minds or what the public think of them. This single deserves tobe a hit and I think it will be.....or I will give you your money back.
Jan 2003 (NME)
DCA will be on tour this year to help promote their singles collection album that is currently in the shops. It was decided after long meetings that the band would tour after all. The tour is expected to go ahead either in March or April and is thought to take in most of the UK, or anywhere that is willing to let DCA perform there. Ticket details will be announced as and when the news is released.
Jan 2003 (Smash Hits)
DCA - Moments in History
Run to your Cd Player, take out every CD that is in your player. Lock the doors, shut the windows, turn off the lights, put DCA's Moments in History on, turn it up loud, listen to it all the way through, listen to it again. Turn your lights back on, unlock the door sit back down....................and never moan about S Club 7 again.
This is the worst album I have ever heard.
Jan 2003 (Sunday Mirror)
DCA - Moments in History
We have read a lot about the band in the past month, but the album is finally out. But has it been worth the wait? Well in a word, no. They class themseves as a dance group yet I challange anyone who would want to dance to any of these tracks. The newest track Change Your Mind is possibly a front runner for worst single of the year and it isn't even out until next week.
Moments in History like this are best left unlistened to
Dec 2002 (The Sun)
Chris Howe is stressed.
Man of Stress is said to be stressed out already with the heavy work load of working on the band DCA's new single. "back in Thiland I never used to get up before 1pm and now the band are expecting me to get up before 12 and I just can't handle working this hard with lack of sleep".
Dazzie B reacted by saying "If Chris spent less time eating and more time jamming maybe he wouldn't feel so stressed. And I wish he would wear a hat, his shiney bonce is blinding me and Ginge when he stands under the studio lights".
Dec 2002 (EMI WEBSITE)
DCA's new single is to be called Change Your Mind.
The band are said to be excited about it's release and hope it will finally give them the status they feel they deserved in 1991.
The release date is to be the second week in January as planned.
Dec 2002 (EMI WEBSITE)
DCA finally in the recording studio.
EMI can again announce that DCA are back in the recording studio trying to write and record their comeback single. EMI would also like to stress that this is their last chance, if they mess up again some other mug of a label can have all their back cataloge free of change as well as the band. We will be more than happy to wash our hands of them.
The singles collection - Moments in history will be released the first week in January.
The new single is planned to be released the week after.
Dec 2002 (Heat Magazine)
DCA united at last.
Heat magazine as always are first with the big stories, and today we can bring you exclusive pictures of the moment DCA were finally re-united with missing band member Chris Howe AKA Man of Stress. As you can see the members are all glad to meet up again with these warm handshakes and nervous silence. The Band were over heard chatting soon after this meeting, and they could be heard catching up on old times and what each other had been getting up to. At one stage The Ginge could be heard calling Chris a Thiland Ladyboy, which clearly shows it didn't take long for the banter to start again. We are not sure what was behind the punch that Chris threw straight after though.
Dec 2002 (The Express)
DCA in verbal attack Martin Johns attack.
DCA yesterday finally broke their silence about conman Martin Johns. Angry at the fact that johns has now been given a record deal ahead of them, they decided it was time the world knew what he was really like. Dazzie B claimed that Johns did nothing but play with his ball all the time he was in the studio with them only to follow that up by constantly sniffing his fingers after. Other stories claiming Johns had also failed to flush the toilet, would insist on always singing in tune, never changing his socks and refused to drink anything but water, have all been released by the two angry band members. "Johns fooled us after we took him into the fold and treated him like on of our own, as soon as we realised he wasn't Chris we gave him a good kicking, well punched him a bit, well maybe it was more of a push, whatever it was he got the message and left laughing, which hurt more than anything to be honest".
Dec 2002 (The Sun)
Man Of Stress found by The Sun
The Sun have found the now famous missing DCA member, Man Of Stress. After our two week secret hunt we finally located Chris Howe in Thiland working as a cabaret singer. Chris was totally unaware that he band were trying to reform and the news came as quite a shock to him. "to be honest I had tried to put that part of my life behind me, I have a new life now here in Thiland, I get to sing and dance without constantly being told I can't sing, the money is good, the lifestyle is great and I want for nothing. I am the leading record selling artist here and the people love me".
Our reporter informed Chris that a new record deal could possibly be on the table if he was to rejoin DCA "I'll book a flight" said Chris.
Dec 2002 (Melody Maker)
Johns - 1 DCA - 0
Martin Johns, the man who sang too well to be a member of DCA has been given a record deal by the very label he nearly fooled. EMI have given Johns a five album deal as well as a £1M basic wage. EMI have said about the deal "Martin Johns will make us the money DCA won't and therefore we are happy to have him on board. We are currently deciding whether to kick DCA out of the studio and give the recording time to Johns instead".
DCA are said to be too busy sulking in a pub somewhere to comment.
Dec 2002 (Q Magazine)
Martin Johns given a "record" record deal.
Conman Martin Johns, the man who fooled DCA into thinking he was their long lost band member was today given a record deal that smashes all other deals in musical history. Johns was handed a 5 album record deal complete with a £1M a year basic wage no matter what success he has in the charts. Johns is expect to be able to live off his stunt for years to come and he is expected to sell records by the bucket load.
This is a real kick in the face to the band Johns fooled last week who are now back where they started, a member short and no real new deal to talk about.
Dec 2002 (Daily Mirror)
How I fooled the Band
Martin Johns today told how he managed to fool comeback band DCA into thinking he was Man Of Stress, Chris Howe. "It was so easy" said Martin "all I had to do was shave my head to make me look bald and put on a bit of weight, they were fooled. I knew they would never remember what Chris really looked like, so I went with it thinking if I could pull it off it would be my fast step to fame and into a group, but I forgot to ruin my wonderful singing voice and I was rumbled, still it was good fun while it lasted, I now have something to tell my grandkids".
Both EMI and DCA have refused to comment.
Dec 2002 (NME)
DCA fooled by fake Man Of Stress.
EMI and DCA were left with egg on their faces yesterday when the band suddenly realised that the man who said he was old band member Chris Howe was in fact someone else. The discovery was made during the recording of their new single, which is due for release next year. It is said that Dazzie B and The Ginge sussed out the imposter when he started to sing in tune. Questions will be raised as to how the un-named man got away with it for so long, but for now it remains a very embarrassing mistake.
Nov 2002 (EMI WEBSITE)
Still no word on the DCA single, the band have been locked away in the studio for nearly 3 weeks and we still have no idea of the name of the single or what it will sound like. In fact we have no word on the lyrics either. We will be trying to break into the studio to see exactly what is going on in there.
Nov 2002 (Smash Hits)
Locked away in their recording studio, DCA start the writing fo their new single that is due out in the new year. Smash Hits were the only ones aloud around the studio while the badn got back in the groove of things. We didn't get to hear much of what is in store but needless to say they are working hard and we should be in for a new years treat. Look out of a special pin up addition featuring DCA in January as well as a possible interview, the bands first in 11 years.
Nov 2002 (EMI)
EMI today release details of a much awaited comeback. DCA will in the new year release a new album in the shape of a singles collection. The album will also feature a new track which will also be released as a single. This will be the first new material the band have recorded together in 10 years. The working title for the new single at the moment is Mind Changer. The name of the album is Moments in History, which the band feel captures what the band means to a lot of thier fans. There are no plans of a tour to go with the album, and possibly won't be talked about until after the band have finished in the recording studio.
Nov 2002 (Q Magazine)
"Now we are free to make the music we want to" was the statement from DCA during a press conference called this month to mark the return of one of the 90's forgotten dance groups. Although for a while it seemed that DCA's dream of a comeback was never going to happen, due to the lack of their third member, the band finally sat together again for the first time in 10 years. The message was clear, this time they were going nowhere, a reporter in the crowd did argue back saying that, that was exactly where they had gone last time much to the amusment of the room. DCA could possibly be better off had they not been making a comeback here at all and simply just started again without making a noise about it, but if they do manage to pull this off it with the finding of Chris Howe this could turn out to be one of the best stories every told.
Nov 2002 (Melody Maker)
Rumours are starting to fly around that comeback group DCA may have never sung on any of their albums. It is unknown where this rumours started but some are saying that the producers behind Milli Vanilli were also behind the DCA project and managed to pull the same stunt as they did with their late 80's duo. A spokeman from EMI has since come out and announced that these rumours were simply not true, had the story really had any truth to it them the public could rest assure ed that they would have chosen three far better singers than the ones that can be heard on the albums. Here at Melody Maker, we think this is a good point well put.
Nov 2002 (The Sun)
Lost singer Man of Stress was said to be found today after he walked into the offices of EMI to announce he was back and wished to join up with his old mates Dazzie B and The Ginge.
The group were said to be delighted to finally be back in touch with their old mate and said that this was the start of something great. Dazzie said "The band can only take this as a sign that this comeback was meant to be, this is now our time and we won't disappear this time round". Man of Stress is expected to finally meet up with his fellow band members tomorrow at a special press conference called to mark the singles collection album.
Nov 2002 (South Today - TV)
A nationwide hunt has today started for a missing person, but one with a difference. The missing person is also the member of a small unknown 90's dance band called DCA. The missing member, Chris Howe or Man of Stress has he was known, has not been seen in 5 years. There are no real leads as to where he could be but it is thought that he is somewhere in the country. The other two members are desperate to locate their old friend as a lucrative record deal hangs on Chris taking part. "We are desperate to find Chris, it's been ages since we last saw him and we would love to know what he has been up too and if he is ok, also without him we can't make any money" Dazzie B was quoted as saying.
So if you have seen this man get in touch with Police at your local station, there is thought to be a reward for any information that helps in this case.
Nov 2002 (The Sport)
DCA member The Ginge was pictured outside a London Night club last night being questioned by local Police over a fight which took place inside the night club. The Ginge was seen talking to the DJ before lunging out at him. An eye witness who somehow was able to hear the whole conversation over the loud music said he heard the band member ask the DJ if he had any Village People and then hit out at him when the DJ told him that he should go to the club down the road of he wanted that sort of thing.
It was later reveiled that The Ginge lost his rag with the DJ after he admitted to pissing in his pint. The DJ, who wishes to remain un-named in case he wants to play this trick again, will not be pressing charges.
Nov 2002 (The Daily Star)
DCA, the badn who couldn't find fame in the early 90's have now lost one of their band members. A planned comeback has had to be ripped up after one of the group Man of Stress could not be located. It was said that the remaining other two wanted to continue with the plans, but the record company refused to even consider such an idea. One insider said "the whole thing is a joke, they were shite to start with and now something as easy as a comeback is becoming a disaster, and who calls themselves Man Of Stress anyway."
Nov 2002 (NME)
Man of Stress - Where are you ?????
DCA's recently reported comeback could be shelved after it was reviled today that no one knows where one of the band members Man Of Stress is. EMI have told the other two members that no comeback will be allowed to go ahead without the full cast of members. This will also include the singles album not getting a release. Dazzie B and The Ginge are thought to be putting ad's in the national and music press to try and track him down.
OCT 2002 (Rolling Stone)
A comeback seems to have been penciled in for an unknown 90's dance group called DCA. A greatest hits album is also going to make it's way into our shops in the new year. I asked around the office for someone to enlighten me as to who this group were but no one knew. We asked EMI for some samples so we could write you a proper report but after what I heard I am not sure I can put into words what came out of my speakers.
OCT 2002 (Daily Mirror)
Cult 90's dance group DCA are reported to be reforming. With the release of their greatest hits album early in 2003, the band are going to get together and record some new material. There is no news at to if the band will be touring the UK. Rumours of a new album are also doing the rounds.
Oct 2002 (NME)
EMI have released details that they are to bring out a best of album for 90's dance group DCA in the new year.
It is also thought that the trio are to get together and record a new single for the forth coming album as well. The album as of yet has no name. No band members could be found for comment. EMI also refused to answer questions about them cashing in on a band they only ever wanted to get rid of from the start.
EMI also refused to rule out a box set featuring the bands three albums.