Top of the pubs
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.