Dum Dum Girls: He Gets Me High


Format: 12″ EP 
Label: Sub Pop 
Country: US 
Year: 2011 
Price paid: $8 
Location purchased: Exchange, Kent Ohio


Until recently I had never heard of The Dum Dum Girls, but they’re quickly becoming one of my favorite groups. I find their sound a fascinating and complex mish-mash of styles, ranging from west coast New Wave to British shoegazer.

I picked this one up on impulse based on the cover and its simple, iconic design. Sup Pop really went all out on the product too- the sleeve is super-thick stock that I haven’t seen commonly used since the 60s; the inner protective sleeve alone is as substantial as many contemporary exterior sleeves. Put together it’s one hefty package! Supposedly this vinyl came with a coupon for an MP3 download of the music which is, not surprisingly, gone. Undoubtedly pilfered by hipsters who bought the vinyl and then threw it away once they realized that they’d rather have the sweet, sweet digital version after all…

2011’s ‘He Gets Me High’ EP includes a cover of The Smith’s ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’:

The Dum Dum Girls are Dee Dee Penny with an oft changing cast of band members. Their name is derived from the Iggy Pop song ‘Dum Dum Boys’ and The Vaselines’ album ‘Dum Dum.’

‘I Will Be’, their debut album released in 2010, was produced by Richard Gottherer, a major player in the New Wave music scene. He had previously worked with such acts as Blondie and the Go-Go’s and co-wrote the 60’s hits ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’ and ‘I Want Candy.’ His involvement here hones their sound, evoking images of west coast New Wave (much of which i tselfevoked images of older girl groups of the 50s and 60s.)

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