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Dressy Bessy

The long-running Denver-based indie pop band Dressy Bessy were led by singer/guitarist Tammy Ealom, who began her musical career as a member of the little-known 40th Day; in time she left the group to focus on writing her own material, eventually joining the earliest incarnation of the Minders. A series of short-lived projects (including a stint in Sissy Fuzz) followed before a frustrated Ealom befriended drummer Darren Albert, and with bassist Rob Greene they formed Dressy Bessy, issuing their debut single, "Ultra Vivid Colour," in mid-1997. Ealom's boyfriend, Apples in Stereo guitarist John Hill, signed on for 1998's You Stand Here EP; the full-length Pink Hearts Yellow Moons followed early the next year on venerable indie pop label Kindercore. Their colorful, childlike aesthetic fit very well with the band's visual and musical style. Their relationship continued with 2003's self-titled album. Two big changes happened after that; Albert left the band and was replaced by Craig Gilbert, and Kindercore effectively ceased operations. That left Dressy Bessy to look for a new home, and in 2005 they signed with Transdreamer Records, soon releasing their fourth album, the tougher, more punk-influenced Electrified. Their next album, 2008's Holler and Stomp, went even further in that direction, adding some post-punk and no wave to their bubblegum pop. The result didn't make the band's fans too happy and a scheduled tour didn't do well thanks to the global economic collapse. These factors led Ealom and Hill (who were at this point married) to put the band on hiatus. Bassist Greene left the group during the break and only the occasional show or digital single proved they were still around. In 2016, the group returned with a new label, Yep Roc, and a new album, Kingsized. It featured appearances by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Wild Flag's Rebecca Cole, and indie rock jack-of-all-trades Scott McCaughey, and showed the band to be firmly back on track. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hollerandstomp

1. Automatic

2. Do You Whisper?

3. Dressed The Part

4. Ease Me Down

5. Simple Girlz

6. In Your Headphones

7. Left To The Right

8. Anyone Can See

9. Pretty Pleaze

10. Ten Million Stars

11. Shoot, I Love You

12. Roundabout

13. Sindy Says

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Track List: Electrified

1. Side 2

2. Stop Foolin'

3. Electrified

4. Small

5. She Likes It

6. Who'd Stop The Rain

7. HelloHelloHello

8. RingAlingAling

9. It Happens All The Time

10. Call It Even Later

11. Try Try Try Again

12. Second Place

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Track List: Dressy Bessy

1. Just Once More

2. The Things That You Say That You Do

3. Baby Six String

4. This May Hurt (A Little)

5. Georgie Blue

6. Girl, You Shout!

7. Hey May

8. New Song (From Me To You)

9. Better Luck

10. Blinktwice

11. Tidy

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Track List: Little Music

1. Live To Tell All

2. Lipstick

3. Gloria Days

4. Instead

5. All The Right Reasons

6. Ultra Vivid Color

7. Fuzzy

8. Said You Would

9. 2 My Question

10. Princess

11. Sunny

12. I'm Never Wrong

13. Tidy (Demo)

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Track List: Sound Go Round

1. I Saw Cinnamon

2. Tag

3. There's A Girl

4. Just Being Me

5. That's Why

6. Oh Mi Amour

7. Buttercups

8. Maybe Laughter

9. Big To Do

10. All These Colors

11. Flower Jargon

12. Fare Thee Well

13. Carry-On

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Track List: The California EP

1. California

2. Some Better Days

3. Super Star Everything

4. Hangout Wonderful

5. In The Morning

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Track List: Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons

1. I Found Out

2. Just Like Henry

3. Lookaround

4. Little TV

5. Jenny Come On

6. If You Should Try To Kiss Her

7. Extra-Ordinary

8. Makeup

9. Big Vacation

10. You Stand Here

11. My Maryanne

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Track List: Dressy Bessy Live At The Casbah 04/03/2004

1. Just Once More (Live)

2. Live To Tell All (Live)

3. The Things That You Say You Do (Live)

4. New Song (From Live To You) (Live)

5. Baby Six String (Live)

6. Carry On (Live)

7. Girl You Short (Live)

8. Blink Twice (Live)

9. This May Hurt A Little (Live)

10. That's Why (Live)

11. Extra-Ordinary (Live)

12. Better Luck (Live)

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Track List: Hey, Alice! (Single)

1. Hey, Alice!

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Track List: KINGSIZED

1. Lady Liberty

2. Get Along (Diamond Ring)

3. These Modern Guns

4. Pop Phenom

5. KINGSIZED

6. Cup 'O Bang Bang

7. Giddyup

8. Honey Bee

9. Make Mine Violet

10. 57 Disco

11. Dirty Birdies

12. Say Goodbye

13. In Particular

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Track List: Lady Liberty (Single)

1. Lady Liberty

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Track List: Little Pieces (Single)

1. Little Pieces

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Track List: Something To Love (Single)

1. Something To Love

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Track List: Wind Me Up (Single)

1. Wind Me Up

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Dressy Bessy!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Love it.
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Don't understand how they're being referred to in the past tense (...was led by...) when they're still active.

Dressy Bessy is awesome. I've been enamored of them since I first heard them on Radio 1190 and at the 15th Street Tavern (long since destroyed to make room for larger buildings).
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lucaswj
Love this band. Never not having fun.
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scottishonio n 9
Glad to see I am not the only one who hears Kim Deal.
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they're featured on the powerpuff girl soundtrack along with some other elephant 6 collective members, definitely worth checking out :D
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Dressy Bessy played at Littlefields in Brooklyn this weekend, and it was a fun energetic and tight show. If you get the chance to see them live do so!
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Shouldn't Dapper Dan be a similar artist, or would that be a Stretch Armstong?
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yld.catz
more Kim Deal than Kiz
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awesome band. kind of refreshing to hear flat singing that is good in all other ways.
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I think the hooks separate DB from the bands you folks seem to love to compare it to. Very catchy all around...unl i k e the Donnas and Liz Phair.

I hate to admit I like a band with this name though...gee z .
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mrazmeritsa
Hmm...I kinda like 'em
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I thought it was Liz Phair at first! gonna look more into them....
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Would agree with Raechel... voice sounds a lot like Liz Phair. Which makes sense after having seen Tammy outside the Bluebird when Liz was in town. ;-)
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Another reason why Denver rocks!
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gwhiz057
good sound-
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kronnebu
amazing band
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She has a voice a lot like Liz Phair, like it a lot!
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Good stuff. Breeders should definitely be in similar artists.
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mcfossum
great combo of music + art - worth checking out their record covers on their website
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Virtually indistinguis h a b l e from the Breeders at low volume unless you know better.
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EVENTUALLY bessy has to undressy,
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WTF? And why do I like it?
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stephanie.re i n i n g e r
They are releasing a new album this week.
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I like Dressy Bessy...

Always makes me curious as to whether or not I would like Undressy Bessy...

Hmmm.

I shall think on these things.

In the bathroom.

Not really.

DON'T TELL!
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an.nugent
Off key? :/ WHARR R UR EARZ?
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Her singing off key makes me pinch my buttcheeks together to keep from having diarrhea. Dressy Bessy - bad chick singer = much better.
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love this artist! wish pandora had the "pink hearts yellow moons" album though.
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I went with a swiftness to emusic to snatch up all of their albums. What a great feel of fun pervades all of their music.
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"The Things That You Say That You Do" is a nifty fun song!
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So damn catchy.

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