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The McCurdy Brothers - The story behind the name.

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

Busking on the streets of Norfolk under the name Junkstore Raiders (an apt title as the band used homemade instruments from stuff they rescued from secondhand shops and items found in the shed)

The McCurdy Brothers came about when the drummer had read an article about a famous outlaw named Elmer McCurdy, a seemingly incompetent train robber with a penchant for the liquor.

The Duo intrigued by the story Set about writing a song as a tribute to this Short lived outcast called Funhouse Corpse.

A title created due to the story of poor old Elmer's mumified remains turning up in an

Amusement park many years later in California.

Many of The McCurdy Brothers songs are based around true life stories such as

Showmans rest a song written about a travelling circus train.


information from Wikipedia

Elmer J. McCurdy (January 1, 1880 – October 7, 1911) was an American bank and train robber who was killed in a shoot-out with police after robbing a Katy Train in Oklahoma in October 1911. Dubbed "The Bandit Who Wouldn't Give Up", his mummified body was first put on display at an Oklahoma funeral home and then became a fixture on the traveling carnival and sideshow circuit during the 1920s through the 1960s. After changing ownership several times, McCurdy's remains eventually wound up at The Pike amusement zone in Long Beach, California where they were discovered by a film crew and positively identified in December 1976.

In April 1977, Elmer McCurdy's body was buried at the Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma.




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