Dressy Bessy

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Dressy Bessy
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Background information
OriginDenver, Colorado, United States
GenresIndie rock
Power pop
Years active1996–present
LabelsKindercore Records
Transdreamer Records
Yep Roc Records
Burger Records
Associated actsThe Apples in Stereo
The Minders
40th Day
The Split Squad
Websitedressybessy.com
MembersTammy Ealom
John Hill
Craig Gilbert
Past membersDarren Albert
Rob Greene
Jeff Fuller
Becky Barron
James Barone
Paul Garcia

Dressy Bessy is an indie rock band from Denver, Colorado led by songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Tammy Ealom . The band is associated with the Elephant Six Recording Company and shares guitarist John Hill with The Apples in Stereo. Ealom formed the band with drummer Darren Albert and guitarist turned bassist Rob Greene in 1996.[1] Hill joined the band after helping engineer early recordings in 1997. The name was taken from a popular Playskool doll of the 1970s.[2]

1996-Present[edit]

They released two singles and an EP in 1997-98 and licensed songs to some compilation albums.[3]

Dressy Bessy's first full-length release Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons (1999) was a mixture of beat group drums, infectious songs, and the odd burst of harmonium. Further releases include California EP (2000), Sound Go Round (2002), and 2003's Dressy Bessy,[4] which incorporated a harder guitar sound. 2003 also brought the compilation Little Music: Singles 1997-2002. These albums were initially released on Kindercore Records of Athens, Georgia. Their songs "If You Should Try to Kiss Her" and "Just Like Henry" were featured in the 1999 indie film But I'm A Cheerleader.

In late 2003, drummer Darren Albert left the band and was replaced in 2005 by Craig Gilbert. Later that year, the band signed to Transdreamer Records and recorded their fourth album, Electrified, which was released in June 2005. The band released HOLLERandSTOMP, on September 16, 2008.

Dressy Bessy released KINGSIZED on Yep Roc Records (CD, LP) and Burger Records (CS), February 5, 2016.

In August, 2018 the band stated they were in the studio working on their seventh studio album to be released in early 2019.[5] The new album, titled Fast Faster Disaster, will again be released on Yep Roc Records and Burger Records.

Members[edit]

  • Tammy Ealom - Guitar, Lead Vocals (1996–Present)
  • Rob Greene - Bass (1996–2014)
  • Darren Albert - Drums (1996–2003)
  • John Hill - Guitar (1997–Present)
  • Becky Barron - Drums (2004) (Touring Member)
  • Craig Gilbert - Drums (2005–Present)
  • James Barone - Drums (2008) (Touring Member)
  • Paul Garcia - Guitar, Keys, Percussion (2008) (Touring Member)
  • Jeff Fuller - Bass (2016-2017) (Touring Member)
  • Michael Giblin - Bass (2016-2018) (Touring Member, Recording Contributor)
  • Eric Allen - Bass (2018) (Touring Member, Recording Contributor)
  • Lindsay Romig - Keys (Touring Member, Recording contributor))

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs and singles[edit]

  • Ultra Vivid Color (Little Dipper; 7"; 1997)
  • You Stand Here (Drug Racer; CD; 1998)
  • Sunny (100 Guitar Mania; 7"; 1999)
  • California EP (Kindercore; CD; 2000)
  • Split w/ Saloon (Track & Field Organisation; 7"; 2002)
  • Lady Liberty b/w What Is Life (Yep Roc Records; 7"; 2015)
  • Summer Singles Volume 1 & 2 (High Dive Records: 7"; 2017)

Compilations[edit]

Television & Motion Picture[edit]

"If You Should Try To Kiss Her" and "Just Like Henry" from the album, Pink Hearts Yellow Moons in the motion picture But I'm a Cheerleader, 1999 by Jamie Babbit.

"Lookaround" from the album Pink Hearts Yellow Moons on the Touchstone Television series Felicity (TV series), May 9, 2001, Episode 3.15, "Senioritis".

"Just Once More" from the album Dressy Bessy on Last Call with Carson Daly (television performance) NBC - October 31, 2003.

"Electrified" from the album Electrified on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (television performance) - Episode 12.163, August 5, 2005

"Side 2" from the album Electrified in the motion picture She's the Man, 2006.

"Just Like Henry from the album Pink Hearts Yellow Moons in the motion picture Picture Day, 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003). "The 1990s: Dressy Bessy". The Great Indie Discography (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate. p. Nick DRAKE (cont). ISBN 978-1-84195-335-9.
  2. ^ "'Dressy Bessy And Dapper Dan' Help Children Learn To Dress". The Robesonian. July 30, 1970.
  3. ^ "Self-titled Reviews". dressybessy.com. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  4. ^ Zuaro, Kara (August 2003). "Dressy Bessy: Dressy Bessy (Kindercore)". CMJ New Music Monthly: 49. rough-edged vocal distortions create a sound that suggests the Chiffons on a beer run with the Breeders
  5. ^ "Official Website".