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Dum Dum Girls On World Cafe | November 30, 2011

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In both packaging and sound, Dum Dum Girls is a patchwork of subtle pop-culture references and influences. The group takes its name from Iggy Pop's "Dum Dum Boys," as well as from The Vaselines' album Dum Dum. Dee Dee, the band's founder, vocalist and songwriter, grew up listening to her father's Frank Sinatra albums and her mother's Beach Boys records. The group has benefited from the influence of producer Richard Gottehrer, who has worked with Blondie and The Go-Go's among many others, and who helped develop the group's '60s-style girl-group sound. Once the contemporary influences of bands like The Raveonettes are taken into account, it becomes clear that Dum Dum Girls' sound is a pastiche of some of the most successful lo-fi, rock, noise-pop and girl bands of the past few decades.

On the recent Only in Dreams, Dee Dee wrote about her mother's struggle with an ultimately terminal illness. The album deals profoundly in detachment, as well, as some of the songs — particularly the highly addictive "Bedroom Eyes" — are a product of being on the road, separated from her husband, family and friends. Yet the album deals with these sorrows by articulating them in the language of garage-grunge pop. Hear Dum Dum Girls perform live on today's World Cafe.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

MGMT "Kids" Oracular Spectacular
Milagres "Here to Stay" Glowing Mouth
Peter Gabriel "Games Without Frontiers" Shaking the Tree (Best of Peter Gabriel)
Modest Mouse "Satellite Skin" No One's First, And You're Next
Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" Tramp

((Dum Dum Girls "Heartbeat" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Dum Dum Girls "Catholicked" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Dum Dum Girls "Hold Your Hand" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Dum Dum Girls "Heartbeat (Take It Away)" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Dum Dum Girls "In My Head" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Georgie James "More Lights" Places))

Mayer Hawthorne "The Walk" How Do You Do
Steely Dan "My Old School" Countdown to Ecstasy
The Style Council "My Ever Changing Moods" The Singular Adventures of the Style Council

((Ben Sollee "A Change Is Gonna Come" Learning To Bend))

Hour 2

Kurt Vile "Downbound Train" Smoke Ring For My Halo
Tom Waits "Back in the Crowd" Bad As Me
Kathleen Edwards "Change the Sheets" Voyageur
The Thrills "Santa Cruz (You're Not that Far)" So Much for the City
Luka Bloom "I Need Love" The Acoustic Motorbike

((Sunbears "Live! Don't Stop Trying" You Will Live Forever))

The Pogues "Sunny Side of the Street" Hell's Ditch
Two Door Cinema Club "What You Know" Tourist History
Imelda May "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" Love Tattoo
Laura Izibor "From My Heart to Yours" Let the Truth Be Told
Adebisi Shank "International Dreambeat" This is the Second Album of a Band Called    Adebisi Shank

((The Parsons Red Heads "Time Is Running Out" Yearling))

Jonathan Wilson "Isn't it a Pity" Harrison Covered
George Harrison "Crackerbox Palace" Thirty Three and 1/3
The Alabama Shakes "I Found You" EP
Black Dub "I Believe In You" Black Dub
Savoy Brown "Stay While the Night is Young" 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Savoy Brown

((Scott Matthews "Dream Song" Passing Stranger))