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Dum Dum Girls

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

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