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Dum Dum Girls


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Since they emerged at a time when C-86-inspired acts like Vivian Girls and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart were in vogue, it's little wonder that California's Dum Dum Girls -- a group whose '60s-inflected lo-fi pop brings to mind acts like Black Tambourine and Dolly Mixture -- became something of a sensation on the indie circuit soon after the release of their first single. In 2008, lead singer Kristin Gundred (aka Dee Dee) began making solo recordings as Dum Dum Girls, deriving the name both from the Vaselines' album Dum-Dum and from the Iggy Pop song "Dum Dum Boys." Over the course of the next year, Dee Dee released a couple singles (a 7" single on Hozac, a four-way split single on Art Fag), a 12" EP (Yours Alone, released via Captured Tracks), and a compilation disc appearance (on Art Fag's Blissed Out cassette comp). Thanks to the high level of buzz surrounding Dee Dee (and, of course, the quality of the records), Sub Pop signed Dum Dum Girls in 2009. Dum Dum Girls' first Sub Pop single, "Jail La La," was released in early 2010, with the debut album I Will Be following soon after. Both recordings were mostly done by Dee Dee at home (with some help from Nick Zinner and Crocodiles' Brandon Welchez) and then expertly produced in the studio by Richard Gottehrer, who had formerly worked with the Go-Go's and Blondie. Before the album's release, Dee Dee teamed up with guitarist Jules, bassist Bambi, and drummer Frankie Rose (formerly of like-minded groups Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls) to form a live band. Rose left the band in June of 2010 and was replaced by a drummer named Sandra Vu, who was with the band when its fall tour of the U.S. was canceled due to the passing of Dee Dee's mother. After spending some time regrouping, the band began playing more shows as the year drew to a close. In 2011, the He Gets Me High EP was released. Recorded just before her mother's death, the record was cut by Dee Dee without her band, and was produced again by Gottehrer with help from the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner. On the personnel front, Bambi left the band in late 2011, making way for Malia James. A full-length sophomore album, Only in Dreams, appeared later that year. The album featured Dee Dee's bandmates for the first time and revolved around the pain of her mother's death. In the autumn of 2012, End of Daze, an EP consisting of tracks recorded just after the Only in Dreams sessions, plus songs recorded a year later, was released. The band's third full-length record, 2014's Too True, was once again produced by Gottehrer and Wagner, but this time Dee Dee played and sang everything herself (with some help from Wagner). After she finished the touring cycle for the album, Dee Dee realized she was done being a Dum Dum Girl for the time being and started a new project. Aiming for a brighter, more synth pop and R&B-influenced sound, she adopted the name Kristin Kontrol and released her debut album, X-Communicate, for Sub Pop in May of 2016. ~ Margaret Reges
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Dum Dum Girls

  1.   Song
  2.   Bedroom Eyes
  3.   Lord Knows
  4.   Coming Down
  5.   There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
  6.   Jail La La
  7.   Lost Boys and Girls Club
  8.   He Gets Me High
  9.   It Only Takes One Night
  10.   Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout
  11.   Rest of Our Lives
  12.   Red Sun by Merchandise
  13.   Blank Girl
  14.   Rimbaud Eyes
  15.   Evil Blooms
  16.   Play With Fire
  17.   Baby Don't Go
  18.   I Will Be
  19.   Echo by Merchandise
  20.   Girls Intuition
  21.   Trouble Is My Name
  22.   Under These Hands
  23.   Little Minx
  24.   In the Wake of You
  25.   Too True to Be Good
  26.   Are You OK?
  27.   Cult of Love
  28.   Season in Hell
  29.   Trees and Flowers
  30.   Wasted Away
  31.   Just a Creep
  32.   Hold Your Hand
  33.   Mercury Mary
  34.   Lines Her Eyes
  35.   In My Head
  36.   Caught in One
  37.   Everybody's Out
  38.   Mine Tonight
  39.   Wrong Feels Right
  40.   Longhair
  41.   Heartbeat
  42.   Yours Alone
  43.   I Got Nothing
  44.   Oh Mein M
  45.   Always Looking
  46.   Teardrops on My Pillow
  47.   Take Care of My Baby
  48.   Letter to Hermione

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