London-based guitar-pop band Dum Dums were formed in 1997 by guitarist frontman Josh Doyle, bassist Steve Clarke and drummer Stuart "Baxter" Wilkinson. The band spent their early years gigging in small venues and writing songs. After signing to Wildstar Records in March 1999, they went on their first UK tour, supporting Nik Kershaw.
Dum Dums' debut single, "Everything," produced by Steve Power (Feeder, Robbie Williams, Babybird, Blur) was released on February 28, 2000. It was the first of four consecutive singles to reach the top 30 of the singles chart.
Their one and only album, It Goes Without Saying, again produced by Power, was released on September 18, 2000. Sonically influenced by other British bands such as the Police and the Jam, it spoke of dead end jobs, the pressures of finding your own way, and struck a chord in the hearts of anyone faced with having to decide what to do with their lives.
With sold out tours in the UK and abroad, top 20 chart success in Japan and a major record deal with MCA in the USA, Dums Dums were one of the few British guitar bands to breakthrough in a year when radio was saturated with manufactured pop acts. However, while recording the follow up album in 2001, their UK label gave them a "write more 'pop' or get 'dropped'" ultimatum. Josh felt that the band had achieved what they had set out to do, and by mutual agreement the band decided to break up.