|Origin||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Genres||Indie rock, power pop|
Yep Roc Records
|Associated acts||The Apples in Stereo|
The Split Squad
|Past members||Darren Albert|
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 bassist Rob Greene in 1996. Hill joined the band after helping engineer early recordings in 1997. The name was taken from a popular Playskool doll of the 1970s.
They released two singles and an EP in 1997–98 and licensed songs to some compilation albums.
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, 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.
- 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))
- Pink Hearts Yellow Moons (Kindercore; CD/LP; 1999)
- SoundGoRound (Kindercore; CD/LP; 2002)
- Little Music: Singles 1997-2002 (Kindercore; CD/LP; 2003)
- Dressy Bessy (Kindercore; CD; 2003)
- Electrified (Transdreamer Records; CD/LP; 2005)
- Holler and Stomp (Transdreamer Records; CD/LP; 2008)
- KINGSIZED (Yep Roc Records / Burger Records; CD/LP/CS; 2016)
- Fast Faster Disaster (Yep Roc Records / Burger Records; CD/LP; 2019)
EPs and singles
- Ultra Vivid Color (Little Dipper; 7"; 1997)
- You Stand Here (Drug Racer; CD; 1998)
- Sunny (100 Guitar Mania; 7"; 1999)
- The 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)
- "The Things That You Say That You Do" on Dive Right Inn: The Only Spring Break CD You'll Need (American Eagle Outfitters; CD; 2004)
- "Makeup" on Pure Spun Sugar (CandyFloss; LP; 1998)
- "Extra-Ordinary" on A Bunch Of Beatniks Riding A Rocket (Red Carpet Ring; Cassette; 1999)
- "Lookaround" on Beikoku-Ongaku vol. 13 (Beikoku-Ongaku; CD/Mag; 1999)
- "Just Like Henry" on Counterattack Of U.S. Indie (Contact; CD; 1999)
- "All The Right Reasons" on Christmas Two (Kindercore; CD; 1999)
- "Bubbles" on The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes And Villains (Rhino; CD; 2000)
- "Gloria Days" on Songs For A Crimson Eggtree (Earworm; LP; 2000)
- "Instead" on Kindercore Fifty (Kindercore; 3 CDs; 2000)
- "Some Better Days" on The Winter Report (Hype City; CD; 2001)
- "Extra-Ordinary (re-mix)" on Space Program (Philter; CD; 2001)
- "Side 2" on Quiero ser linda como Ale !!! (Niñoboy; CD; 2008)
Television & Motion Picture
- 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.
- "'Dressy Bessy And Dapper Dan' Help Children Learn To Dress". The Robesonian. July 30, 1970.
- "Self-titled Reviews". dressybessy.com. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- 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
- "Official Website".