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When does a nostal­gia trip tip the bal­ance and be­come just . . . well, odd?

Re­cently, Whea­tus were an­nounced to play Dublin bar Café en Seine on Oc­to­ber 9th. If you’re fran­ti­cally flick­ing through your men­tal back cat­a­logue in a bid to re­call that name, al­low us to help.

The New York band were pri­mar­ily known for their 2000 hit sin­gle Teenage Dirt­bag, and its follow up, a cover of Era­sure’s A Lit­tle Re­spect. While both songs may still have the ca­pac­ity to pull tipsy thir­tysome­things on to the Whe­lan’s dance­floor of a Satur­day night, there’s some­thing strange about a band that has stretched one- and- a- half hits out for 14 years – never mind per­form­ing in a place that’s not even a func­tion­ing gig venue.

So what keeps a band like Whea­tus go­ing? For front­man and only re­main­ing found­ing mem­ber Bren­dan B Brown ( left), is it de­moral­is­ing to run through an hour- long set, only for con­stant re­quests for the one- hit won­der?

Well he’s got company. Take a look at the other artists that had hits dur­ing sum­mer 2000: Craig David ( 7 Days), Sa­man­tha Mumba ( Gotta Tell You), Blood­hound Gang ( The Bad Touch), Toni Brax­ton ( He Wasn’t Man Enough). Where are they now? Not play­ing a swish Dublin pub of a ran­dom Thurs­day evening in Oc­to­ber . . . oh.

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