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The Japanese collection You Can Always Get What You Want gathers 17 of Trans Am's singles, radio appearances, and B-sides, ranging from early tracks like "Man Machine" and "American Kooter" to Futureworld-era material. From the full-on, un-ironic rock of "Strong Sensations" to sparse tracks like "Illegal Ass" and the goofy sci-fi send-up "Now You Die, Thriddle Fool," the collection spans Trans Am's range. As a condensed timeline of the band's sound or a remedial course for fans who missed out on these singles the first time, this collection proves that You Can Always Get What You Want.


Formed: 1990 in Washington DC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Trans Am are loosely associated with the mid-'90s post-rock scene centered around Tortoise, Ui, Labradford, Windy & Carl, etc., and the Thrill Jockey, Kranky, UHF, and Southern labels, among others. Although a vast distance separates Trans Am's albums, all of them are concerned with an extreme, somewhat humorous reorientation of the clichés and conventions of rock music, primarily through either technical (exaggerated displays of skill) or instrumental (electronics, effects) deviation. Formed in...
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