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Playlist of The dB's

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  • The dBs - Black and White

    2:54

    dB's are touring! Check it out, I know they'll be in Seattle on Jan 9th. at the Showbox

    'Stands for Decibels' 1981
    Can't believe this wasn't up already!

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  • CHRIS STAMEY & THE DBs- You Wanted To Know

    3:16

    1978 single, written by Richard Lloyd (Television)

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  • Chris Stamey and the dB’s – If and When 1978

    2:32

    From the single:
    (I Thought) You Wanted to Know / If and When [Car Records, CRR7, 1978]

  • The dBs • CMJ Awards • Nov. 9, 1984

    31:28

    The dB's
    CMJ Awards
    Nov. 9, 1984
    Studio 54, New York City

    00:00 Neverland
    03:10 Love is for Lovers
    06:50 She Got Soul
    09:45 Amplifier
    13:22 Big Brown Eyes
    15:43 White Train
    19:18 Suspicious Minds
    23:40 New Gun in town
    27:47 Black & White

    Peter Holsapple - vocals, guitar, mandolin
    Gene Holder - guitar
    Will Rigby - drums, vocals
    Rick Wagner - bass, vocals

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  • The dBs - Working for Somebody Else

    4:31

    from 1987's The Sound of Music

  • Neverland by The dBs

    2:52

    ThedBs.com is pleased to present the premiere of the Neverland music video. The footage was shot in 1982 by Phil Marino, who used some of the stills for the cover of Like This. However, the footage languished, The dB's lost touch with Phil, and before you could say Super 8 a quarter century had gone by.

    In no small coincidence, Jake Gorst, filmmaker and creator in 2001 of The dB's Online, knew Phil Marino, although neither knew of the other's connection to The dB's until Jake suddenly realized and asked Phil. The repercussions were enormous. Through this happenstance not only were The dB's reunited with Phil, but he donated quite a bit of material to the band's archives, including the footage before you now. The band has had its ups and downs since way back then, but nothing is wrong with waiting for quality.

    Jake has edited the pieces together with Phil's blessing and as originally intended. It's at once ancient history and brand new. Like a vintage clothing store, or 1936 Chateau Lafite Rothschild.

    We sure were skinny...

    Will Rigby
    June 2008

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  • The dBs That Time Is Gone

    3:40

    Recorded live in Austin, TX, at Threadgill's during the Music Fog Marathon.

  • Love Is for Lovers

    3:17

    Provided to YouTube by Rhino

    Love Is for Lovers · The dB's

    Like This

    ℗ 2006 Bearsville Records.

    Writer: P. Holsapple

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  • The dBs - Neverland

    3:32

    The dB's perform Neverland from their new album, Repercussion live on Sound Opinions

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  • The dBs - Big Brown Eyes

    2:00

    Recorded Live in London, March 1981.

  • Amplifier

    3:09

    Provided to YouTube by Rhino

    Amplifier · The dB's

    Like This

    ℗ 2006 Bearsville Records.

    Writer: P. Holsapple

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  • The DBs - A Spy in the House of Love

    4:55

  • That Time Is Gone - The dBs - Live @ SXSW

    3:30

    The dB's live from their showcase set at B.D. Riley's, SXSW, March 16, 2012. From the June 2012 release Falling Off The Sky. For more information about the dB's, go to

  • The dBs - That Time Is Gone

    3:36

    The dB's - That Time Is Gone

  • Love Is For Lovers - The dBs - Live @ SXSW

    3:25

    The dB's live from their showcase set at B.D. Riley's, SXSW, March 16, 2012. This track originally appears on Like This. For more information about the dB's, go to

    For more information about the dB's, go to

    LOVE IS FOR LOVERS

    Do you remember when blue was the feeling
    Gray was the weather, one was the number?
    Do you remember when love was for others?
    Now and forever, love is for lovers

    Do you believe that real love is right now?
    Could we be having the time of our lives now?
    Do you believe this?
    Do you believe this?

    Now every day is like summer vacation
    Christmas and birthday rolled into one day
    Now every night is a special occasion
    Where does it all end? Maybe next someday
    Can you believe this love is forever?
    Can you conceive of anything better?
    Do you believe this?
    Do you believe this is love?

    Oh, love is for lovers
    Love is for lovers
    Love is for lovers

    Do you believe that love is a sure thing?
    You say hello and I hit the ceiling
    Do you believe this?
    Do you believe this is love?

    Oh, love is for lovers
    Love is for lovers
    Love is for lovers

    I used to think that love was for pleasure
    More like adventure, measure for measure
    It's plain to me that we can't rise above it
    No one's a lover just 'cause they love it
    And if you're happy then you oughta stay there
    I'm not certain that I know the way there

    Do you believe this?
    Do you believe this?
    Do you believe this?
    Do you believe this is love?

    Oh, love is for lovers
    Love is for lovers
    Love is for lovers
    Oh, love is for lovers
    Love is for lovers
    Love is for lovers
    Love is for love is for lovers

  • the dBs - Dynamite- Live at Hurrah

    2:55

    The 6th cut from a full concert at Hurrah, dedicated to George Scott.

  • Big Brown Eyes - The dBs - Live @ SXSW 2012

    1:56

    The dB's live from their showcase set at B.D. Riley's, SXSW, March 16, 2012. This track originally appears on Stands for deciBels. For more information about the dB's, go to

    BIG BROWN EYES

    Every time I look into your big brown eyes
    I get paralyzed, paralyzed
    Every time you take a step down

    Every time I think about the thousand guys who want you
    I realize
    Every time you take a step down

    You give me something to think about
    I'll give you something to live without
    And you give me something to take the day away

    You give me something to think about
    I'll give you something to live without
    And you give me something to take the day away

    I can hardly wait for tomorrow to come around
    I won't be found
    Every time you take a step down
    Every time you take a step down

    You give me something to think about
    I'll give you something to live without
    And you give me something to take the day away

  • The dBs - Tell Me Two Times

    2:12

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    The dB's - I Thought You Wanted to Know: 1978-1981
    23 Tracks of Remastered Early Singles, Demos, and Live Recordings

    What we have here are home and field recordings of The dB’s. Most of these tracks predate the release of Stands For deciBels by two to three years and were the basis of the signing of the band to Albion Records (UK) in 1980. Some songs are being released to the public for the first time in this package.

    Now, almost thirty years after a number of these tracks first saw the light of day on Rhino Records, we find ourselves in the position of releasing the earliest of these selections from our archives to a whole new audience. It’s the first time most have been on vinyl.

    The live recordings were found after months of Chris sifting through a trove of ancient cassettes, and we are glad to be able to include these key songs from those early years.

    - Peter Holsapple, The dB’s - Durham, NC - 2021

    TRACKLISTING

    01 (I Thought) You Wanted to Know (2021 Remix)
    02 Black and White (Don Dixon Version)
    03 Soul Kiss
    04 Bad Reputation (NY Rocker Sessions)
    05 If and When (Westbeth Sessions)
    06 The Fight (NY Rocker Sessions)
    07 Nothing Is Wrong (NY Rocker Sessions)
    08 Dynamite (NY Rocker Sessions)
    09 We Should Be in Bed (Westbeth Sessions)
    10 Ash (Westbeth Sessions)
    11 You Got It Wrong (NY Rocker Sessions)
    12 Everytime Anytime (NY Rocker Sessions)
    13 Death Garage (Live)
    14 What About that Cat? (NY Rocker Sessions)
    15 Tell Me Two Times (NY Rocker Sessions)
    16 What’s the Matter with Me? (NY Rocker Sessions)
    17 She’s Green I’m Blue (NY Rocker Sessions)
    18 Time Has Come Today (Live)
    19 My Sire Wristwatch (Live)
    20 Let’s Live for Today (NY Rocker Sessions)
    21 Tomorrow Never Knows (Live)
    22 My Back Pages (Live)
    23 Goin’ to the Club (NY Rocker Sessions w/ New Vocal)

  • the dBs Ups & Downs LIVE

    3:14

    Producer, Camera, Editor • STEVE BOYLE
    Associate Producer • TONY MADEJCZYK
    Camera Assistance • JOHN CLINE
    Performance • LIVE at THE PIER, Raleigh, NC (Monday, October 19, 1981)

    Audio Remix • CHRIS STAMEY, Durham, NC (2007)
    Stereo Conversion/Remaster • DIGITAL AUDIO POST, Nashville, TN (2017)
    Music Video Restoration • STEVE BOYLE (January 2017)

    Use your Chrome Browser or Smart TV YouTube App to view this performance in 4K UHD

  • The Dbs - Big Brown Eyes

    2:02

    from: Stands For Decibels (1981)

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  • The dBs - That Time Is Gone - 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth

    3:34

    The dB's - That Time Is Gone
    Recorded Live: 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth (Austin,TX)

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  • I Lie - The dBs

    4:38

    From the 1987 album The Sound of Music

  • The dbs-I Lie-Mississippi Nights-Psychotic Reaction-1988

    5:10

    The db's perform I Lie at Mississippi Nights, St. Louis 1988.

  • The dBs - Love Is For Lovers - 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth

    3:29

    The dB's - Love Is For Lovers
    Recorded Live: 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth (Austin,TX)

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  • The Dbs - From a Window To A Screen

    2:35

    The dB's ‎– Repercussion
    Label: Albion Records ‎– ALB 109
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1982
    Alternative Rock, Pop Rock

  • The dBs - Full Concert - 03/15/12 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth

    28:44

    The dB's - Full Concert
    Recorded Live: 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth (Austin, TX)

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    Setlist:
    0:00:00 - That Time Is Gone
    0:03:33 - Before We Were Born
    0:07:21 - Happenstance
    0:12:14 - Love Is For Lovers
    0:15:42 - I Didn't Mean To Say That
    0:18:36 - The Adventures Of Albatross And Doggerel
    0:23:22 - You Taught the World to Cry

  • The dBs - Happenstance

    5:00

    The dB's perform Happenstance from their album, Repercussion live on Sound Opinions

  • The dBs - I Thought You Wanted to Know: 1978-1981

    1:10

    ORDER NOW:
    The dB's - I Thought You Wanted to Know: 1978-1981
    23 Tracks of Remastered Early Singles, Demos, and Live Recordings

    What we have here are home and field recordings of The dB’s. Most of these tracks predate the release of Stands For deciBels by two to three years and were the basis of the signing of the band to Albion Records (UK) in 1980. Some songs are being released to the public for the first time in this package.

    Now, almost thirty years after a number of these tracks first saw the light of day on Rhino Records, we find ourselves in the position of releasing the earliest of these selections from our archives to a whole new audience. It’s the first time most have been on vinyl.

    The live recordings were found after months of Chris sifting through a trove of ancient cassettes, and we are glad to be able to include these key songs from those early years.

    - Peter Holsapple, The dB’s - Durham, NC - 2021

    TRACKLISTING

    01 (I Thought) You Wanted to Know (2021 Remix)

    02 Black and White (Don Dixon Version)

    03 Soul Kiss

    04 Bad Reputation (NY Rocker Sessions)

    05 If and When (Westbeth Sessions)

    06 The Fight (NY Rocker Sessions)

    07 Nothing Is Wrong (NY Rocker Sessions)

    08 Dynamite (NY Rocker Sessions)

    09 We Should Be in Bed (Westbeth Sessions)

    10 Ash (Westbeth Sessions)

    11 You Got It Wrong (NY Rocker Sessions)

    12 Everytime Anytime (NY Rocker Sessions)

    13 Death Garage (Live)

    14 What About that Cat? (NY Rocker Sessions)

    15 Tell Me Two Times (NY Rocker Sessions)

    16 What’s the Matter with Me? (NY Rocker Sessions)

    17 She’s Green I’m Blue (NY Rocker Sessions)

    18 Time Has Come Today (Live)

    19 My Sire Wristwatch (Live)

    20 Let’s Live for Today (NY Rocker Sessions)

    21 Tomorrow Never Knows (Live)

    22 My Back Pages (Live)

    23 Goin’ to the Club (NY Rocker Sessions w/ New Vocal)

  • A Spy in the House of Love

    4:54

    Provided to YouTube by Rhino

    A Spy in the House of Love · The dB's

    Like This

    ℗ 2006 Bearsville Records.

    Writer: P. Holsapple

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • The dBs - Before We Were Born - 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth

    3:49

    The dB's - Before We Were Born
    Recorded Live: 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth (Austin,TX)

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  • The dBs - Lonely Is As Lonely Does

    4:07

    Lonely Is As Lonely Does off of Like This by The dB's

  • The dBs - You Taught the World to Cry - 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth

    3:33

    The dB's - You Taught the World to Cry
    Recorded Live: 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth (Austin,TX)

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  • The dBs - Happenstance - 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth

    4:54

    The dB's - Happenstance
    Recorded Live: 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth (Austin,TX)

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  • THE DBS Judy

    2:53

    album : Stands for Decibels extra track

    Along with Let's Active, the dB's defined the Southern power pop/jangle pop movement of the early to mid-'80s. The band's music was a quirky blend of smart pop and psychedelia crossed with the more experimental side of new wave. Though they never received widespread recognition outside of critical acclaim, they provided a key link between Big Star and '80s alternative guitar acts such as R.E.M.

    Formed in 1978 in Winston-Salem, NC, the original lineup of the band featured Chris Stamey (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Gene Holder (bass), and Will Rigby (drums). All three members had spent time in Stamey's legendary group, the Sneakers, a group he co-founded with Mitch Easter. After relocating to New York, the dB's released their debut single, (I Thought) You Wanted to Know, for Stamey's Car label. Guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Peter Holsapple, who had worked with Stamey in the band Rittenhouse Square in the early '70s, joined the band by the end of 1978. Holsapple and Stamey shared the songwriting chores during the band's early years.

    The dB's were unable to secure a U.S. recording contract, so they signed to the British Albion label. They released two albums on Albion: Stands for Decibels (1981) and Repercussion (1982). Both records received rave reviews but little sales. Stamey left in 1983 to resume a solo career.

  • the dBs - lets live for today

    3:37

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  • The dBs - Amplifier

    3:45

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    - Gain: 5
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  • The dBs Amplifier Record Store Day @ Criminal Records Atlanta, GA

    5:44

    Be on the lookout for a new dB's record sometime around January 2012. Thanks for a GREAT show guys!!! and Thanks to Criminal Records for a great Record Store Day!!

  • The dBs - I Didnt Mean To Say That - 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth

    2:55

    The dB's - I Didn't Mean To Say That
    Recorded Live: 3/15/2012 - Outdoor Stage On Sixth (Austin,TX)

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  • The dBs - Big Brown Eyes

    2:02

    Video for the song from Stands for deciBels, directed by Emily Hubley.

  • The Dbs - Tear Jerkin

    3:53

    from: Stands For Decibels (1981)

  • the dBs - Bad Reputation

    3:13

  • The Dbs - Shes not worried

    3:08

    from: Stands For Decibels (1981)

  • The dBs - Im In Love

    3:34

    I'M IN LOVE

    I love
    What I don't understand
    And I don't understand this attraction
    Surprise, surprise
    What's been going on

    I've got
    I've got no idea
    Just how far to press my luck
    Surprise, surprise
    Now I'm thinking

    Any way it turns out
    It could turn out any way
    It could be this
    It could be that
    It could be none of the above
    Guess I don't understand
    Why
    I'm in love
    I'm in love
    I'm in love

    I thought
    The thought was enough
    I thought I knew it all
    It's over my head
    But I'm still thinking

    Any way it works out
    You know it could work out any way
    It could be bad
    It could be good
    It could be none of the above
    Guess I don't understand
    Why
    I'm in love
    I'm in love
    I'm in love

    Running away from myself
    I fell into someone else
    Who didn't know exactly what to think

    I love
    What I don't understand
    But I don't understand what's been going on
    Surprise, surprise
    Looks like I'm in love

    Any way it works out
    It could work out any way
    It could be this
    It could be that
    It could be none of the above
    Guess I don't understand
    No I don't understand
    Yes I don't understand
    Why
    I'm in love
    I'm in love
    I'm in love
    I'm in love

  • Tomorrow Never Knows by the dBs

    3:20

    From the Peppermint Lounge in NYC, c. 1980, as captured by Maureen Nappi (camera) & Danny Cornyetz (camera & tape operations). A cover of the Beatles song by the dB's.

  • The dBs -- Wonder of Love

    3:47

    from the CD Falling Off the Sky

  • The Dbs - Espionage

    2:44

    from: Stands For Decibels (1981)

  • The Dbs - Bad Reputation

    3:11

    from: Stands For Decibels (1981)

  • The dBs - Stands for Decibels - 02 Dynamite

    2:36

    The dB's song Dynamite appearing as the second track of the album Stands for Decibels.

  • The dBs - Happenstance

    2:52

  • Peter Holsapple - Songwriting as a multi-instrumentalist

    3:57

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