HCTM: (Freakin' At The Beacon)
We are back again with the undead funksters, Here Come The Mummies. To be honest, I just can't get enough of this solid, funky band and had never been to the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia. I arrived at the venue right as The Mummies were coming onstage and took my seat beside what seemed to be an older crowd. I guess the older folks are the freakiest and this is usually the case at most HCTM shows. I am not sure why the younger generation hasn’t caught onto one of the most creative bands out there.
The Mummies enter the theatre in style like, Egyptian kings; the jackal god Anubis at their sides. They are the freak among freaks, as they opened up with “My Party.” I can only explain HCTM as Progressive undead, sexual funk. They all wear athletic shoes from the 80s, ripped up clothes and face paint. I imagined the shadowed Greek figurines on the wall of the beautiful renovated Beacon Theatre as mummies, grinding and humping the other Greek figures on the wall.
There is always an exuberant amount of stage antics, confetti, throwing drums sticks back and forth, even tossed stuffed fish. Each one of these mummies are highly talented and have their own personality onstage. They kept the freak theme going with "Freak Flag" which has some great lyrics; “Crack it, Like the Liberty Bell, Smack it, With a rebel yell, Shake it, Like a salad toss, Stitch it, Like Betsy Ross!”
“RA RA RA” was next and this song delves into the sexual side of the Egyptian religion. Every song that HCTM brings to the stage are filled with sexual innuendos and that’s the way we like it. “Fenk Shui” and “Tight Rope Walker” are both oozing sexual entendres and double meanings. During “Friction” Anubis’s Army would bring out chains and grinders onto the stage, throwing sparks and banging with the beat. Bring that “Booty” down, went into a New Orleans sound with tuba and all. “No Vaseline” sounded like a 60s sci-fi tv theme and I would love to see HCTM explore this sound even further. It really is reminiscent of old horror films, which even included mummies. “Pants” literally had the crowd jumping to their feet; even the older people couldn't help but sing along. This seems to be HCTM most popular song and I can see why.
“I'm coming in my pants, my shirt,
It's my best suit baby,
Gonna pick your flower,
Gonna be there in an hour,
Coming in my pants, shined shoes,
In my neck tie honey,
I'm so excited I hope that I don't come too soon!”
“Attack Of The Wiener Man” was phenomenal and again, reminds me of The Blob or some other Sci-Fi horror movie but with a sexual twist. I couldn't scream cause my mouth was full. This song was followed by “Make It Shake,” a song about getting busy during a natural disaster.
Here Come The Mummies have been accused of being too horny so, they gave us 4 horns at the same time for the encore performance. I am looking forward to seeing HCTM this Halloween in The Underground Caverns in Tennessee.
I'm telling all of my weirdo freaky friends to go see Here Come The Mummies!
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Editor: Robert (R.A.) Fadley
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