The Mummies / The Black CCs

The Mummies / The Black CCs: live in Brooklynlive in Brooklyn (2009)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: TorgoTorgo
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How do you feel when you find out one of the greatest garage punk bands of all time are reuniting and sold out two shows at your favorite venue before you knew tickets went on sale? Horrible. How do you feel when said band adds another show in close proximity and you're able to secure your attendanc.

How do you feel when you find out one of the greatest garage punk bands of all time are reuniting and sold out two shows at your favorite venue before you knew tickets went on sale? Horrible. How do you feel when said band adds another show in close proximity and you're able to secure your attendance? Joy.

While I didn't notice anything geared toward lefties (or any pictures of Ned Flanders or Paul McCartney for that matter), Southpaw in Brooklyn is a great garage rock venue with pinball machines and records lining the walls of anyone from Tom Waits to the Velvet Underground to Charles Mingus. The tickets said "doors at 8:00PM/show at 9:00PM." I showed up at 9:00PM and the only opener, the Black CCs, didn't go on til 9:50.

Sounding like, well, the Mummies (and Teengenerate), they played no-frills garage rock with some maracas thrown in. Their singer was entertaining and wasn't above jumping into the crowd with his microphone and pogoing with some enthusiastic fans. They were very energetic and well received by the crowd as they probably should be -- they're from Brooklyn. I was surprised they only got 25 minutes.

Before the Mummies went on I couldn't tell if the crowd was going to be more too-cool-for-school indie rockers, generally content on standing to the side while lightly sipping their Miller High Life, or if the guys and gals in tattoos and Misfits shirts would rush the stage for the full punk rock experience. Thankfully, it was the latter. The Mummies came out, of course completely dressed up as mummies (fellow orger scientistrock told me, seeing them not dressed up while setting up their instruments at one of the aforementioned sold out shows, that they looked like "my dad") and launched into "Come On Up"; the crowd erupted.

Classic punk rock show characteristics abounded: a sweaty mess by the stage; dancing; beer-soaked crowd/band; the guitar going in an out every few songs. Before every fourth song it seemed like the guitarist was reminding the bassist the chord progression. Who needs practice in punk rock?

Throughout the night, singer Trent Ruane begged the question "How did my Farfisa Combo Compact last all three shows?" For the hour-plus they played it was repeatedly picked up, slammed down, hit, had drinks poured on it, sat on, kicked and laid on among other things. Trent Ruane would also lovingly antagonize the crowd, dance like a spazz and pick his nose -- all the things a snotty (pun intended) garage rock band should do

While the Mummies had lot of pride in being vinyl-only and having countless releases, if you had the full-length LP and compilation they released on CD, Never Been Caught, and Death by Unga Bunga!!, respectively, you'd know every song they played but two ("High Heeled Sneakers" and "Dorty Robber"). For the 18-song main set they played major crowd-pleasers like "I'm Gonna Kill My Baby Tonight," "Your Ass (Is Next in Line)" and "Justine." Not surprisingly, the songs played sloppily in a club still sounded much better than their lo-fi recordings

Their four-song encore consisted of cream-of-the-crop Mummies tracks, each song more epic than the last, the crowd in as much hysterics as the first song of the night. "Stronger Than Dirt," "Jezebel" and "Food, Sickles & Girls" had the crowd in a frenzy but they couldn't have ended it in any better way than with "(You Must Fight to Live) On the Planet of the Apes." The crowd was on their tippy toes with each pause before the last line of the encore.

Could they have gone another 22 songs without losing a step? Probably. Could I have articulated my points better? Definitely. But bottom line: This is just one of those shows you'd love to live again every week for a year.

Set list:

  1. Come on Up
  2. In and Out
  3. Red Cobra #9
  4. Dirty Robber
  5. Die!
  6. Little Miss Tee-N-T
  7. High Healed Sneakers
  8. I'm Gonna Kill My Baby Tonight
  9. That's Mighty Childish
  10. Ballad of Iron Eyes Cody
  11. Just One More Dance
  12. Your Ass (Is Next in Line)
  13. A Girl Like You
  14. Frisko Freeze
  15. I'm Bigger Than You
  16. That Girl
  17. Zip a Dee Doo Dah
  18. Justine
  19. Stronger Than Dirt
  20. Jezebel
  21. Food, Sickles & Girls
  22. (You Must Fight to Live) On the Planet of the Apes
Pictures were taken by everyone's favorite geriatric Punknews poster, baldsteve, and they're here.


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scientistrock (June 22, 2009)

Well, fuck me.

Torgo (June 22, 2009)

It is indeed The Back C.C.s, I realized it after I submitted the review and hoped no one would call me out on it! If Brian sees this he should fix it... or not, doesn't bother me.

scientistrock (June 22, 2009)

It was "black" I think Russell and Trent mispronounced it on purpose.

borntaloze (June 21, 2009)

if you search it on youtube i posted footage from the maxwells show including "she lied". and i thought the openers were the "back" CCs?

scientistrock (June 21, 2009)

Hey, rinjonjori, they played she lied at the 7:30 show at Maxwell's.

baldsteve (June 20, 2009)

Goddamn. There were 3 cameras set up in this place filming everything. Please let this come out on dvd so I don't have to watch the bullshit I taped over and over and over and over and over and over and over just to relive this show.

That was heaven.

baldsteve (June 20, 2009)

One of the best shows of my life. Worth the 18 years wait.

Love you brian.

rinjonjori (June 20, 2009)

I was ordering tickets, got sidetracked for 5 minutes and lost out. I will blame old age. Too bad they didn't play she lied

kneel (June 20, 2009)

fuck me for not going to this show.

scientistrock (June 20, 2009)

As someone who saw two of the three shows, this was the best. People would know "Dirty Robber" if they had Play Their Own Records...or listened to the Sonics. Great review. (and not just because I'm in it.)

crackpotdemagogue (June 19, 2009)

i love the mummies but have never been lucky enough to see them live. i envy you deeply, show sounds great!

torgo (June 19, 2009)

punk_sk: Someone at the show told me before the doors were open that they were walking around the streets of Brooklyn in the full Mummies outfits.

torgo (June 19, 2009)

Shouldn't this have the NN2S live icon next to it? Score is for the great, amazing review!

punk_sk (June 19, 2009)

I would not have guessed that they actually dressed like mummies. Fuck me.

ffwoodycooks (June 19, 2009)

scores for how cool it would be if "Stronger Than Dirt" played every time I entered a room.

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