Sunday, July 18, 2004
Hermann H. and the Pacemakers
Hermann H. & The Pacemakers. (Fans' hands in the foreground.)
This was my second time seeing Hermann H. the Pacemakers and the gaggle of young girl fans that comes as part of the package at their shows.
The gals mostly look to be in their late teens to early 20's. Many of them wrap Hermann H. towels around their necks. The towels are used to wipe sweat and to identify the girls as Hermann H. fans. When the music starts, they hop up and down and throw their fists up in the air at key song moments.
From the stage, a Mystery Member of the band encourages the girls to clap their hands or sing along or do other group activities. This Mystery Member's job description includes singing the choruses, playing the tambourine, dancing and jumping around on stage, and generally getting the crowd excited. He's a bit like Flavor Flav, if the main singer is Chuck D.
They were a fun band to watch, but as for the music ... hmmm, well, they did have a lot of energy and played well, but they weren't my cup of tea.