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Album Review

Over half of this collector's four-CD box set is previously unissued studio, demo, rehearsal, or live recordings. Nothing is duplicated in this material originally recorded from 1961-1967. The Trashmen are an amazing summary of contradictions when looked at from afar. In pictures, even live ones, they are four clean-cut chaps in suits. Their nationwide 1963 hit "Bird," the 1965 version of which is included here, is a deliriously silly, primitively noisy, and utterly infectious gem. It's like playing a Black Sabbath album and showing pictures of the Bee Gees and trying to get someone to believe they are one and the same. The Trashmen's arrangements are two guitars of clarion twang and garage crunch with harmony with lead vocals often moving from one member to another. While some of their covers are saccharine (for example, Buddy Holly's "Tell Me How"), they offer such glorious trash rock as the cartoonish analysis of Bo Diddley's signature sound in "Bird Diddley Beat." The Trashmen tap straight into a democratic and transforming American spirit that celebrates the Universal Goof, a sort of holy fool spreading pure joy through music. There you have the entertainment recipe of the Trashmen: surf, doo-wop, blues, and rock & roll motifs swirled together for either devastating hilarity or smooth, slow dancing ballads.

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4 di Trashmen collection: studio material, demos, rehearsal recordings, live tracks..

Industry weasels have called us "insane" for even considering a 4 Disc Trashmen box set. Of course, that very lack of foresight is what makes them weasels in the first place. You, our discerning friends, might concur on the "insanity" thing, but will also know instantly that this is indeed the Motherlode, possibly the very reason God put Sundazed on this fine earth, our legacy to the ages.

Fifty years from now, direct electronic stimulation of the cortex will have obsoleted music as an entertainment medium. Your CD collection will seem as quaint to your grandchildren as those turn-of-the-century stereopticon viewers do today. Only three albums will make the transition to direct-feed brain candy: the Rolling Stones' Out Of Our Heads, the Beatles' Revolver, and Bird Call! The Twin City Stomp Of The Trashmen.

While those other two titles will be perpetually hailed as zeniths of attitude and craft, this 4 disc Trashmen collection will be cherished for embodying everything else loud, frantic and wonderfully stupid that is rock and roll.

And, this runaway truck is crammed to capacity with crazed trackage, nearly 50% of which has never before been heard since the day it was recorded. Recorded 1962 to 1967, it's all here: studio material, demos, rehearsal recordings, live tracks, a massive book pumped fulla interviews, notes, memorabilia and unseen photos - a total assault on the senses...for the ages.

We have seen the future, and it is us. Be remembered as someone ahead of your time, a tres-cool old buzzard. Immortality is now within your reach. Bird Call! The Twin City Stomp Of The Trashmen.. buy one for yourself, and one for each of your grandchildren.

Biography

Formed: 1962 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A Minneapolis rock & roll band, they evolved from Jim Thaxter & the Travelers, recording one single under that name ("Sally Jo"/"Cyclone"). The group comprises Tony Andreason (lead guitar), Dan Winslow (guitar/ vocals), Bob Reed (bass), and Steve Wahrer (drums/vocals). Unfairly depicted as a novelty act, the Trashmen were in actuality a top-notch rock & roll combo, enormously popular on the teen club circuit, playing primarily surf music to a landlocked Minnesota audience. Drummer Steve Wahrer combined...
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