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Tube City - The Best of The Trashmen

The Trashmen

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Album Review

Tube City!: The Best of The Trashmen adds their Garrett singles to their lone 1964 album Surfin' Bird. That classic single is here in all of its raw, unfettered glory, and while it does tend to overshadow the rest of the Trashmen's output, the collection shows that their other work was also strong. Their covers of "Miserlou," "It's So Easy," and "Money (That's What I Want)" reflect the band's roots, and aren't overly respectful of the original versions, while "My Woodie" and "Kuk" are respectable surf-pop songs. The Trashmen's instrumentals also fare well, particularly "Tube City" itself , the flamenco-surf of "Malaguena," and "Bird Dance," a silly, tiki-bird infested bid to follow up the success of "Surfin' Bird." "Bird Dance Beat" follows suit, but songs like "Bad News," "Whoa! Dad," and "Real Live Doll" have as much energy, but a little more originality. While it's not as complete as the four-disc box Bird Call!: The Twin City Stomp of the Trashmen, Tube City!: The Best of The Trashmen is still the definitive look at the first part of their career.

Customer Reviews

Thanks Family Guy!

I couldn't believe it when i saw this on family guy. Love that show and this is a rather funny song.

Surfin' Bird and Family Guy

The Trashmens big hit Surfin' Bird was used on the second episode of the new 7th season of The Family Guy, when Peter gets a 45 of it and says it's his favorite song until Stewie and Brian the dog destroy it because Peter plays it so much. Absolutely hilarious!!...The rest of the cd is pretty good too.

The TV Equivilant of Paper Planes

Nobody in this generation had heard of The Trahmen and thier signiture song Surfin Bird. Then The Family Guy Episode "I Dream of Jesus" came on and now its being bought like wildcakes. Just like MIA's paper planes got a boost from Pineapple Express this won't be that big a boost but it will be relevant again.


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...
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