Dum Dum Girls is an American rock band, formed in 2008. It began as the bedroom recording project of lead singer and songwriter Dee Dee Penny (aka Kristin Welchez, formerly the drummer of the trio Grand Ole Party). She is currently based in New York City. The name is a double homage to The Vaselines' album Dum Dum and the Iggy Pop song "Dum Dum Boys". Many people believe Dee Dee's stage name was inspired by Dee Dee Ramone but she has stated that this is not true; rather, it was her mother's name, which she has since taken as her middle name.