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  • Paul 9:15 PM on January 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Buffalo Moon, , , Dum Dum Girls, , Ladies and Gentlemen of The Canyon, Mother Knows Best, Oh Land, , , Persian Rugs, , , The Chord And The Fawn, , The Fascinations, The Sandwitches, The Shangri-Las, , Tijuana Panthers, Truly Smith,   

    Nuggets 99 – Girls 3 (redux) 

    This mix lacked a bit of oomph, so I stripped out the yé-yé pop and some of the softer numbers, et voilà.

    We don’t seem to have many all girl / woman rock bands in NZ, I mean 4 on the floor hard rock, as opposed to soft rock like When the Cats Away. Instead we blighted the world with the Popstars and, gulp, Truebliss (although a Kiwi was responsible for an all girl band that recorded as the New Runaways and I haven’t forgotten Look Blue Go Purple but they were more Cure than Ramones)

    Anyways, I wonder why this is so in a country that promotes women so strongly. Perhaps its the lack of role models and hence why most of the rocky all girl bands are from the USA, home of The Runaways and Josie & The Pussycats (or better here)

    Here is another girl / girl group focused mix.

    The Runaways - Nuggets 99 - Girls 3

  • admin 8:05 AM on January 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Gigs, Gigs, Gigs – Dum Dum Girls and Bamby’s swansong 

    Bamby from the Dum Dum Girls

    I have been enjoying the 60’s retro sound of the Dum Dum Girls. On the latest album the lead singer, Dee-dee, has moved into more languid territory with the lovely ‘Coming Down’. Last night they played the Kings Arms. I took along my shiny new camera – good practice for SXSW.

    Kristen Gundred aka Dee-dee, Jules (guitar, vocals), Sandy (drums, vocals) and Bambi (bass, vocals) wore black and were very focussed and felt distant. Bamby (playing her last gig with the band) particularly so. They relaxed a bit towards the end, particularly by the last song of the set (The Smiths, There is  a Light…- see below) which was to be Bambi’s last with the band.

    De-de from the Dum Dum girls

    They played loud and jangly, swinging their guitars in Shadows fashion.

    Afterwards I had a chance to chat to the the group as they relaxed out in the garden. They even posed for a group picture. We talked about the weather in Austin and SXSW. They aren’t performing but will be in town. Unfortunately it is such a bad shot I don’t think I will post it….

    dum dum girls

    I had mixed feeling about being the ‘camera guy’. The good first; you do need to be up front and you get to focus on the musicians, hopefully after the gig is finished you have something worthwhile i.e. photos and videos to look back on.  The bad things are that you can’t relax and sink into the music, you worry about things like focus and exposure and keeping your camera above the crowd pointing towards the stage.  Hmmmm

    Camera went OK but the photos and videos are pretty ropey, I need to practice.

    • Christal 7:42 PM on February 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Do you know why Bambi left? Was the split amicable? Is Bambi going to start a career in Hip Hop?

      • admin 6:52 AM on February 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know. I chatted briefly with her but didn’t have the balls to ask, especially in front of the rest of the band.

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