DumDum Boys

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DumDum Boys
Dumdum Boys performing at Odderøya Live 2013
Dumdum Boys performing at Odderøya Live 2013
Background information
Also known as
  • Wannskrækk (1979–1985)
OriginTrondheim, Norway
Years active1979–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.


Wannskrækk (1979–1985)[edit]

DumDum Boys started in the late 1970s as a punk rock act under the name Wannskrækk,[a] inspired by acts such as Lasse Myrvold and The Aller Værste!, who pioneered punk rock with Norwegian lyrics. They played gigs 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 . In 1992 a compilation album was released, "Wannskrækk - Riff (1980-1985)" which consisted of released and unreleased material from that period.[7]

DumDum Boys (1985)[edit]

In 1985 Wannskrækk adopted a more mainstream, rock sound[citation needed] and took the name DumDum Boys[3] (after a song by Iggy Pop and David Bowie).[5] The following year, they released their first single "Sorgenfri".[5][3]

Blodig Alvor (1988)[edit]

Their first album, Blodig Alvor (1988) broke into the sales charts at #14. The album received the Spellemannprisen for best rock record of the year.[8]

Splitter Pine and Pstereo (1989–1990)[edit]

Their second album Splitter Pine, was released in 1989, which also received a Spellemann award, and was certified gold. The third album Pstereo, released in 1990, also received the award.[3]


From 1990 to 2012 DumDum Boys has released eight albums, of which six reached #1, one #2, and one #7 on the Norwegian charts.[citation needed]

In 2011 they played a special concert as Wannskrækk at the music festival Øyafestivalen in Oslo.[9]

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



Year Album Peak positions
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
1994 1001 Watt 13

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
2001 Schlägers 1
2019 Løsøre 37


  • 1986: Bapshuari (EP)


  • 2004: DumDum Boys i Dødens Dal (live, DVD)


  1. ^ Sources variably describe their founding as either 1978[1][2][3] or 1979.[4][5] Their official website states 1979.[6]


  1. ^ a b Bergan, Jon Vidar (21 January 2023). DumDum Boys. {{cite encyclopedia}}: |work= ignored (help)
  2. ^ Dum Dum Boys. 1997. p. 228. ISBN 82-02-15990-3. {{cite encyclopedia}}: |work= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b c d Skræi, Børt-Erik (1992). Dum Dum Boys. p. 19. ISBN 8299260701 – via Nasjonalbiblioteket. {{cite encyclopedia}}: |work= ignored (help)
  4. ^ Eggum, Jan; Bergan, Jon Vidar, eds. (2013). Wannskrækk. ISBN 9788282113496. {{cite encyclopedia}}: |periodical= ignored (help)
  5. ^ a b c "En DumDum historie". Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian Bokmål). 9 January 2001. Archived from the original on 18 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Dumdum Boys Biografi". dumdumboys.no (in Norwegian Bokmål).
  7. ^ "Wannskrækk Biography". Rockipedia.no. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  8. ^ Lundstøl, Ottar (1990). "?". Årets største begivenheter i bilder [The biggest occurrences of the year in pictures]. 1989 (in Norwegian Bokmål). Faktum. p. 39. ISSN 0806-4628.
  9. ^ Rønning, Øyvind (2011-08-12). "Wannskrækk? Ikke nå lenger". Dagbladet. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  10. ^ a b c "Dum Dum Boys discography". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  11. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 43, 2018". VG-lista. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  12. ^ "VG-lista – Album 2019-W50". VG-lista. Retrieved 14 December 2019.