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".
Stacking up a lot of original songs, the prolific punks decided to capture their songs in demo form to play to venue bookers, and in early 1980, key members Anthony Norman (guitar) and singer Tony Collins went in to tape four originals at Harlequin Studios in Auckland. They didn’t stop until they had their first album – the raw nerve Let There Be Noise – released in August 1981. It was the first complete punk rock album by a New Zealand group. A series of often-violent West Auckland hall shows followed.
An unreleased second album Death or Glory was recorded, but with no shows and recognition sparse, the determined duo changed their name, but not their sound, becoming The Henchmen in late 1982.
The Dum Dum Boys catalogue is currently unavailable.
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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).
Tony Collins - vocals
Anthony Norman - guitar
Dean Larsen - drums
Chris Bligh - bass
Jos Hodzelmann - drums
Steve Kennedy - drums