DumDum Boys

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DumDum Boys
Dumdum Boys performing at Odderøya Live 2013
Dumdum Boys performing at Odderøya Live 2013
Background information
OriginTrondheim, Norway
Years active1985–present
LabelsSony Music (1985-1992)
Oh! Yeah (1992–present)
MembersPrepple Houmb
Kjartan Kristiansen
Aslak Dørum
Sola Jonsen
Past membersPersi Iveland
Atle Karlsen

DumDum Boys are a Norwegian rock band from Trondheim.[1] They are one of the most successful Norwegian rock acts of all time, and are considered one of the "four great" bands who popularized modern rock with Norwegian lyrics in the mid-to-late 1980s (along with Jokke & Valentinerne, Raga Rockers and DeLillos). Before breaking into the mainstream they were known as a punk rock act under the name Wannskrækk.


OriginTrondheim, Norway
GenresHeavy rock
Past members

DumDum Boys started up in 1978 as a punk rock act under the name Wannskrækk, inspired by acts such as Lasse Myrvold and The Aller Værste!, who pioneered punk rock with Norwegian lyrics. They gigged extensively in Trondheim and gained a cult following. They released two singles,Faen Kuler Treffer Aldri Riktig (1981) and " ...12"... " (1982), and one live album, Wannskrækk/Liliedugg - Last Opera/Live Ritz Trondheim 12. juni 84 - a recording of a concert held together with fellow punk act Liliedugg.

In 1992 a compilation album was released, "Wannskrækk - Riff (1980-1985)" which consisted of released and unreleased material from that period.[2] In 2011 they played a special concert as Wannskrækk at the Øyafestivalen music festival Oslo.[3] In 2013 the record label Oh Yeah! [no] released some of their early recordings as the single "Reklame for pæng" / "Danse hele natta".[4]

In 1985 Wannskrækk went on hiatus, and decided to change the name and musical style of the band. They adopted a more mainstream, hard rock sound and took the name "DumDum Boys" from the song "Dum Dum Boys on Iggy Pop's 1977 album The Idiot.

Their first album, "Blodig Alvor Na Na Na Na Na" (1988) broke into the sales charts at #14 and spawned several successful singles. It was followed the next year by "Splitter Pine", which reached #3 and contained the eponymous hit song - generally considered a classic Norwegian rock anthem.

From 1990 to 2012 DumDum Boys released eight albums, of which six reached #1, one #2, and one #7 on the national charts.

Their latest release, the 2018 album "Armer og Bein" went straight to #1.

Last line-up as Wannskrækk[edit]


Albums as Wannskrækk[edit]

  • 1984: Last Opera/X-Mas Funeral Party Live Ritz Trondheim (joint album Wannskrækk/Liliedugg)
  • 1992: Wannskrækk Riff (1980-1985) (Wannskrækk best of album)

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
1988 Blodig Alvor (NaNaNaNa) 14
1989 Splitter pine 3
1990 Pstereo 1
1992 Transit 1
1994 Ludium 1
1996 Sus 1
1998 Totem 7
2006 Gravitasjon 1
2009 Tidsmaskin 1
2012 Ti liv 1
2018 Armer og bein 1

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
1994 1001 Watt 13

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
1992 Riff - Wannskrækk 1980–85
(credited as Wannskrækk)
2001 Schlägers 1
2014 Riff - Wannskrækk 1980–85 (re-release)
(credited as Wannskrækk)
2019 Løsøre 37


  • 1982: ... Wannskrækk .. 12" ..
  • 1986: Bapshuari (EP)


  • 1981 @Faen Kuler Treffer Aldri Riktig"
  • 2013: "Wannskrækk 7" "
  • 2013: "Reklame for pæng/ Danse hele natta"


  • 2004: DumDum Boys i Dødens Dal (live, DVD) (#1 NO)


  1. ^ DumDum Boys in Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian)
  2. ^ "Wannskrækk Biography". Rockipedia.no. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  3. ^ Rønning, Øyvind (2011-08-12). "Wannskrækk? Ikke nå lenger". Dagbladet. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  4. ^ Rakvaag, Geir (2013-08-23). "Ny dans med Wannskrækk". Dagsavisen. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  5. ^ a b c "Dum Dum Boys discography". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  6. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 43, 2018". VG-lista. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  7. ^ "VG-lista – Album 2019-W50". VG-lista. Retrieved 14 December 2019.