Coterie Teams Up With Dave Dobbyn To Remake 'Slice Of Heaven'

15 September 2023 | 11:15 am | Mary Varvaris

Take a listen to "a lil' Slice Of History".

Dave Dobbyn & Coterie

Dave Dobbyn & Coterie (Source: YouTube, Supplied)


Perth brothers and rockers Coterie have teamed up with New Zealand music icon Dave Dobbyn to rework a 1986 classic, Slice Of Heaven.

Featuring an eerily similar acapella singalong at the beginning of the song, Coterie put a modern pop-meets-funk spin on Slice Of Heaven, providing harmonies, falsetto chorus and a fun energy.

Unsurprisingly to Dobbyn’s fans, his voice hasn’t aged a bit. You can listen to the collaborative track below.

“A lil’ Slice of History gets released tomorrow,” Coterie wrote on Instagram yesterday.

“Our New Single - Slice Of Heaven featuring Sir Dave Dobbyn!! Available on all streaming platforms!

“Mad love to all the fans for making this real! We played our version of the Slice Of Heaven all over our Australia Tour this June, and you filmed & shared it everywhere..

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“@sirdavedobbyn you the GOAT! Let’s play a few shows this summer”.

Originally released in 1986 by Dobbyn with the band Herbs, Slice Of Heaven featured on the Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale soundtrack. The song stayed at #1 for eight weeks in New Zealand, while it held the top spot for four weeks in Australia. Slice Of Heaven went on to win the Best Song award at the 1986 New Zealand Music Awards.

According to Coterie’s Tyler Fisher, “There’s a little rumour in the music industry that there’s been 150 attempts to get Sir Dave to do a [remix]. DJs have tried remixes and all these different people, and it’s just never felt right for him.”

In a recent NZ Herald article, Coterie revealed that they’re the 151st artist to ask for Dobbyn’s input and the first to receive a “yes”.

Recalling how audiences “went crazy” to their cover of Slice Of Heaven during their recent Australian tour, Fisher shared, “We knew straight away, this is bigger than just a song that we chuck in our set.

“A lot of people were sending him [Dobbyn] the video saying ‘this is a vibe’, so, we finally messaged him and said, ‘Can you imagine?’ And he replied back saying, ‘I’d love to’.”

In July 2022, Dobbyn was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “I have felt a little shaky for a while now, and in July, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease,” he wrote on Facebook in October. “I’ve found it gives me a wider appreciation of life.”

Coterie released their self-titled debut album in December 2022. With a collection of tunes that “sounds like and feels like summer”, according to the band, the album is the “post-pandemic pick-me-up we all needed, and hopefully, it's the soundtrack to your summer!”