The Dum Dum Boys Profile

Andrew Schmidt
15 May 2013

West Auckland blue-collar punks The Dum Dum Boys copped their name from a David Bowie song and their sound and attitude from The Stooges and first wave American punk.

Their early Auckland shows at the Windsor Castle and XS Café were messy and memorable enough to prompt music journalist Colin Hogg to label them, “Iggy Pop’s imbecile protégés".

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Anthony Norman
The poster for the Let There Be Noise longplayer
The Grim Relics LP, 1989
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Tony Collins - vocals

Anthony Norman - guitar

Dean Larsen - drums

Chris Bligh - bass

Jos Hodzelmans - drums

Steve Kennedy - drums

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Collins and Norman set up a stall in a bus stop in inner city Queen Street to sell Let There Be Noise, and although they didn’t sell many copies, they made the pages of the Auckland Star. Among the purchasers was student scribe Garth C (Garth Cartwright) and Jeremy Chunn, a Detroit punk fan destined to be their bass player. The album stretched to a second pressing, with a white cover (as opposed to the first pressing’s black cover).

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Let There Be Noise