Hustlers is an up-and-coming live music venue in the heart of Dundee. Located up two flights of stairs, it is a small and intimate bar, but has already begun to build up a reputation for itself by hosting a number of bands including Trashlight Vision, Patchwork Grace and The Eddies. The Dirty Wee Middens were supporting Ed Tenpole at Adrenachrome, the new, once a month, alternative music night at Hustlers.
The Dirty Wee Middens, from Dundee themselves, formed in 2002 are a horror punk band, and have an impressive fan base in their hometown. Many of these fans turned out and the bar was full.
Although the Middens were one guitarist down, it did not stop them from giving a hell raising performance. They pretty much left the set list open for the audience to decide and although that made their set rather chaotic and almost unprofessional, it added a nice personal touch to the night, which the crowd appreciated (especially as they had spent the last hour or so being told to “Dance you miserable fuckers”).
“Embarrassing Wood” was one of the first songs of the night. It had a catchy chorus and had most of the crowd singing along at the tops of their voices.
One of the Middens most popular songs is “Purple People Eater”. Originally a novelty song by Sheb Wooley in 1958, this track was supposed to be the Midden’s first single, but due to problems with their record company, was never released. They ploughed through the song at a rate of knots and only stopped for a breath once the song was finished and they had to decide what song to play next.
“I know what song we haven’t played yet” said singer Eerie Von Lee, to the rest of the band. He then proceeded to hum a few lines of the intro that is featured on the album until the rest of the band had caught onto what song is next. “Carnival of Disgrace” was a fun and bouncy song, with some quite sinister lyrics about “killer clowns from outer space”.
The band played a good number of covers throughout the night, including “Teenage Kicks” by the Undertones. This made the crowd split into two groups, the ones who shouted along to the words (changed from “teenage kicks right through the night”, to “suck my dick right through the night”) and the ones who were almost to the point of rolling on the floor laughing.
They also covered “Love at First Fright” by the Murderdolls and “Rambo” by the Frankenstein Drag Queens from the Planet 13, which made it plain to see the bands major influences, even to those who don’t know the Middens.
Ignoring shouts from the crowd to play “Bonzo” by the Ramones, the band opted instead to play “Blitzkrieg Bop”. They managed to make the song their own with Eerie’s distinctive voice and turned it into something other than ‘another Ramones cover’.
“Bring Back the Revamp” is a punky sounding song, which could have sounded out of place at a Middens gig as it breaks the unwritten rule of their songs- (blood, sex and rock and roll (and zombies)), but it seemed right at home in the midst of the chaotic set.
The sound may not always be great, and the set unorganized, but the Middens always deliver good music with bags full of energy. The Middens went out with a bang, playing their last ever gig on Halloween at Hustlers.