Dum Dum Girls is the California garage-pop band that is going to be on everyone’s summer playlists. A band known for their catchy jangle-filled hooks, their take on The Vagrants “Oh Those Eyes” takes their quintessential summer beach sound and hyper-saturates it, making it perfect for sticky summer nights.
The quartet originally recorded the cover for their He Gets Me High EP that ended up containing “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.” “It would have been more typical of us to do [the Ventures cover],” frontwoman Dee Dee told Spinner at the time about why they picked the Smiths cover over it. “It’s a garage classic off the ‘Nuggets’ box set sort of thing. We [recorded] it, but it felt too expected. I didn’t feel like it came out well.”
Looks like she changed her mind in releasing it to Spain’s Radio 3. Dee Dee’s vocals are sugary and play well with the Vagrants’ original lyrics. Instead of making it a straight-up beach tune, however, the girls infuse the bubblegum pop with heavy guitar and angst, making the lyrics more menacing than lustful. While listening, one might think of that too-long stare shared with a stranger. Packed in at just over two and a half minutes, this song is perfect for that moment.
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