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Dee Dee Penny shows off her true colours

DUM DUM GIRLS Too True (Sub Pop)

DUM Dum is Dee Dee. And Dee Dee Penny is in fact Kristin Gundred.

You don't have to look past Iggy Pop's song Dum Dum Boys to suss what tickles her imagination.

For her debut album I Will Be, Dee Dee initially considered writing the songs for a mythical 1960s Italian women's prison movie. You may well be an owner of the rattling punk-pop single Jail La La.

While Dee Dee has a touring band, she plays both guitar and bass on Too True, as well as singing. All the other stuff, drums, synths and more guitar is provided by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes who has a co-production credit along with legend Richard Gottehrer.


Now we're talking rock 'n' roll royalty. Gottehrer cut his teeth as a writer in the 1960s. You'll find his name under the timeless classics My Boyfriend's Back and I Want Candy. And also Sorrow, which Bowie had a hit with eight years after it first appeared for The McCoys. Later as a pillar of Sire Records, he produced Richard Hell's seminal Blank Generation album as well as working with Blondie, The Go-Go's and Robert Gordon. But enough of the history.


Gottehrer's fingerprints are all over Dum Dum Girls' work, which springboards from a garage aesthetic through late-70s Goth and into a dream pop psychedelia that's strong on melody, spaghetti-surf guitar and the sort of cavernous drums that dominated 80s pop.

It's safe to guess Gottehrer used the same microphone he used when recording Debbie Harry. Rimbaud Eyes could have slotted into Blondie's repertoire.

Evil Blooms ("why be good?") could have been written by Charles Baudelaire, the French writer who helped make decadence chic.

Dee Dee Dum Dum manages to get a Patti Smith-style quiver in her voice for the mid-tempo romp Are You Okay?

Too True feels like a rock 'n' roll seance. And just as enjoyable. HHHII