Dum Dum Girls
Today, I talked about old groups influencing new ones, and then those new ones, who appeal to a different audience than the old group, drawing attention to and bringing a whole new fan base to those groups who influenced the new(er) ones. You follow? I barely did as I wrote that.
Here's what I mean: 25 YEARS AGO, on June 16th, 1986, one of the most important alternative rock bands to come out of the British independent music scene in the 80s released their third studio album. The band: The Smiths, the album, The Queen Is Dead. Here's HOW great this album is:
-Pitchfork (an internet music mag) ranked the album as the sixth best of the 1980s.
-Rolling Stone put it at #216 on their '500 Great Albums of All Time' list,
-it was named the 2nd greatest British album of all time by NME (New Music Express), and
-Q Magazine, on its list of '40 Best Albums of the 80s', put it at #3.
I love the whole album (the first time I heard it, I was flabbergasted...), and the song that REALLY shines for me (back then, when I first heard it, and still...to this day...) is "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out".
Even though the album was released in 1986, the song wasn't released as a single until October 12th, 1992 - six years after the album's release, and five years after The Smiths disbanded (another note of importance for both the album and the song: Mojo Magazine put "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" at number 25 on their list of the 100 greatest songs of all time, and the sister channel to VHI, VH2, put it at the TOP of their Top 500 Indie Songs chart).
And this brings me to NEW MUSIC...a newer band with their tribute version of the song. Dum Dum Girls...whereas The Smiths was comprised of four guys, only women make up Dum Dum Girls. Their debut full-length album, which came out last year, was produced by a guy who'd worked with Blondie, The Go-Gos, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and wrote the songs "My Boyfriend's Back," and "I Want Candy"...so you can see that their sphere of influence is massive.
Dum Dum Girls just put out an new EP/single called He Gets Me High, and on it, you['ll find their version of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". That's not the only song they cover; they also do The Rolling Stones and Sonny & Cher...so that's what I mean by old songs becoming new again.