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Last night at Max Watt's House of Music in Melbourne, those kings of Budget Rock, The Mummies sent out a heartfelt tribute to Stevie Wright, as their final encore.
The Mummies performed The Easybeats hit single "Women (Make Me Feel Alright)". Stevie Wright passed away recently on the 27th December 2015, at the age of 68. You can watch The Mummies tribute to Stevie here exclusively on TheDwarf.com.au.
It was certainly great to see The Mummies over two night in Melbourne. First at the intimate little tiki inspired love den, The LuWOW. They played a much shorter 45 minute set there, as I assume they were pacing themselves for their major CBD show the following night at Max Watt's House of Music. The great thing about the smaller gig was the that the band were able to interact more with their fans, being so close.....flinging loose bandages into starstruck faces.
The LuWOW show got off with a great start with "Come On Up". That song is like a personal mission statement from The Mummies with it's "Come on up and have a real good time" chorus. Watching Trent Ruane on organ and lead vocals jumping up and down like a fart in a bottle, you know that a real good time was about to explode.
Other show highlights were their signature song, "(You Must Fight To Live) On The Planet Of The Apes", "Food, Sickles And Girls", the instrumental "The Fly" and this live version of "In And Out".
The second Melbourne show was an all out more serious affair. I could not help but feel that the band performing on a high elevated stage, so far away from the audience was a mistake for this kind of old school fun inspired rock'n'roll show. The band were joined on stage with two disinterested dancing girls that did the camelwalk and boogalooed in the dark corners of the stage. Both were lost on that big stage and they might as well not even been there. There was no doubt that the two dancing go-go girls at The LuWOW had a more enthusiastic fun attitude, as they were reacting with what was happening on stage, as they smimmy and shaked the night away.
It was good to see a lot more people at this second show, some even dressing up in trademark Mummies bandages. The band came on stage and just stood out front with their arms crossed, sizing up the crowd. That was certainly an awkward minute. It was only when drummer Russell Quan finally ran to his drumkit and said that "It's an all request ladies night tonight at Max Watts. The name of this first tune is called "Campdown Ladies". Of course he was joking as they let loose with an energetic version of "Just One More Dance".
It certainly put a smile on my dial. I also love the fact that The Mummies respect the classic Australian rock music, especially when the drummer Quan keep on interjecting during the set with a riotous Jim Keay's lament with The Masters Apprentices "Undecided" by badly singing the "You've gotta give me little lovin' honey....If you wanna lot of love in return".
The show really got into it's stride when they ripped up their version of the Devo driving-force classic "Uncontrollable Urge". The dancefloor became a hog-wild congregation of flailing arms. How appropriate to do this Devo song, since it was one of the band's most sought after rare singles released in 1993 on Sub Pop Records. It was released with the flipside of "Girl U Want".
It was funny to see Tim Rogers of You Am I in the crowd rather than on stage. If you attended You Am I concerts over the years you might have seen the guitarist Davey Lane get behind the drumkit while their drummer Rusty Hopkinson performed The Mummies "(You Must Fight To Live) On The Planet Of The Apes".
Here is my video of You Am I wearing dresses, doing just that.
It was certainly a song that a lot of fans were waiting to see The Mummies perform last night. Probably the only rock song ever written, featuring the word 'chagrin'.
The Mummies were definitely one of those obscure garage rock bands that I never thought anybody in their right mind would tour Australia, so witnessing and documenting these two Mummies shows was a totally amazing experience for this little music nerd with a camera.
UNGA BUNGA! LONG LIVE THE MUMMIES!
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