HIGH FIVE: Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls
Going back to Dum Dum Girls’ 2010 debut, “I Will Be,” frontwoman Dee Dee has had eclectic taste in cover songs. Included on that album was their rendition of Sonny & Cher’s 1960s hit “Baby Don’t Go,” except the Dum Dums kept it a hazy crawl that played up the song’s inherent sadness.
Since then, the quartet has put its stamp on the Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” and Strawberry Switchblade’s “Trees and Flowers,” the latter of which is the centerpiece of the Dum Dum Girls’ new EP, “End of Daze.”
Before she brings the band to Brighton Music Hall this weekend, Dee Dee told us about five songs that “I wouldn’t necessarily cover, but they’re songs that were really significant to me.”
1. “Gloria,” Patti Smith (which was originally performed by Them, the ’60s Irish rock band that included Van Morrison). “My roommate when I moved to college played me [Smith’s debut] “Horses” for the first time. And that blew my mind.”
2. “Pictures of You,” The Cure. “It’s the most epic headphones music, and it really tapped into a very relatable teenage longing I felt at the time.”
3. “Shivers,” The Boys Next Door. “When I was at college, I was dating somebody who was a massive Birthday Party fan and he introduced me to the world of Nick Cave. I heard the pre-Birthday Party band, the Boys Next Door, for the first time. It’s an aptly named song: It gives you shivers.”
4. “Dead Radio,” Rowland S. Howard. “Probably one of my top 10 songs ever. I get obsessed with records, and I listen to them heavily for a few months at a time.”
5. “Stray,” Lush.
“I knew about Lush because of their single ‘Ladykillers,’ which was big and great. Then I went back and listened to their album ‘Spooky,’ and it’s much less poppy. It’s a beautiful shoegaze record, and ‘Stray’ opens it.”
Dum Dum Girls perform at Brighton Music Hall on Sunday at 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com