Baltimore's only hard rock children's band?
Late last year, members of Baltimore's Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad were looking for new gigs and trying to reach a new audience.
But Baltimore is only so big, and DMFS was pretty lewd, which was pretty limiting.
So, in a stroke of genius/madness, the guys in DMFS decided to start moonlighting as Baltimore's only hard rock children's band. They called themselves the Hilltop Hightops (pictured), recorded an album of children's music and started booking gigs.
Here's a piece I did on them which ran in yesterday's paper.
It's a hilarious little saga. In fact, if you remember, DMFS guitarist Ryan Graham wrote a little about it a few months ago ...
DFMS wears these bizarre costumes (like a horse head, or a mad scientist getup) when they play live. They decided to use the same outfits for the Hilltop Hightops. They kept the same songs, too. The only things they changed were their lyrics.
For example, the tune "You're Too Skinny" became "I Like Kitties."
(Photo courtesy of the Hilltop Hightops)