Dumb Blondes

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The Dumb Blondes
Origin England
Genres Hard rock, Glam, Punk,
Years active 1977-1983
Associated acts Lucy
Tush
Girl
Def Leppard
Man Raze
Past members Jeff Hepting
Pete Webb
Phil Collen
Fred Ball
Paul Mason
Andy Tompsett
Graham Garrett

The Dumb Blondes were an English glam rock band.

The band went through two line-ups, both featuring singer Jeff Hepting and bassist Pete Webb. The first line-up also featured current Def Leppard and Man Raze guitarist Phil Collen and drummer Fred Ball. The second line-up featured guitarist Paul Mason, keyboardist Andy Thompset, and drummer Graham Garrett.

Previous experience of members[edit]

Hepting, Collen and Ball had previously played together in the band Tush. Collen & Webb were previously in a band called Lucy, which had 2 singles out on Lightning Records titled "Really Got Me Goin" and "Never Never".

Recordings[edit]

The Dumb Blondes had interest from EMI and were given free recording time at De Lane Lea Music Studios in Wembley by Ronnie Beck of Feldman/Trident Music who were also the publishers of Queen. They recorded 6 songs from this session: "The Hooker", "Necrophiliac", "Blue Smoke/Two Stroke", "Old Time Movie Star", "Spider's Web" and "Money Grabber".

Collen and Ball leave[edit]

After the band broke up, Collen joined the band Girl before joining the band Def Leppard in 1983. In recent years he has also formed his own band Man Raze with ex-Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and former band mate from Girl Simon Laffy on bass.

Fred Ball went on to perform in a band called XFX and is currently in a band called Slam.

Pete Webb and Jeff Hepting continued the Dumb Blondes (mk II) with new members Paul Mason (guitar), Andy Tompsett (keyboards) and Graham Garrett (drums). The band became less heavy and more keyboard orientated keeping in-line with the New Romantic period.

The band released a double-A side single (1980) titled "Strange Love"/"Sorrow" (the McCoys song which was a big hit in 1966 by the Merseys) on the then Independent Fresh Records (Fresh 21) which was produced by Pete "Overend" Watts and Dale "Buffin" Griffin, formerly of Mott the Hoople. [1] It was put on Fresh Records' compilation album Sorrow in 1981.[2]

This line-up also recorded songs titled "The Clown", "Heartbeat" and "Affaire de Coeur".

Breakup[edit]

Graham Garrett left The Dumb Blondes to record and tour Japan with Panache before forming Ya Ya with Panache band mate and bassist Terry Stevens along with Lea Hart and Ray Callcut and then later Sam Blewitt. Jeff also joined and toured with Panache in Japan. Jeff then went on to form the outrageous Glam Wrock party band The Sugar Plums and also toured with 80s tribute band Spandex Belly, he currently plays with covers band ARCHIVE who are based in Waltham Forest, London

After The Dumb Blondes, Pete was involved with several bands including Tarazara, The Union (not the Luke Morley Union), WellHung, Preacher, Metalworks and lastly The Sabbath, a tribute band to Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne.

Members[edit]

  • Jeff Hepting - Lead Vocals (1977-1983)
  • Pete Webb - Bass (1977-1983)
  • Phil Collen - Guitar (1977-1980)
  • Fred Ball - Drums (1977-1980)
  • Paul Mason - Guitar (1980-1983)
  • Andy Tompsett - Keyboards (1980-1983)
  • Graham Garrett - Drums (1980-1982)

Discography (incomplete)[edit]

  • 1978 demo
  • "Strange Love"/"Sorrow" (1980)
  • "The Clown" (1981)
  • "Heartbeat" (1981)
  • "Affaire de Coeur" (1981)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dumb Blondes Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Dumb Blondes Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 

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