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The Trashmen

Mean Woman Blues / Big Boss Man Live at the Whiskey a Go-Go LIMITED GOLD VINYL EDITION 7" Single

7" (vinyl) | $8.98

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Official Record Store Day 2013 Limited Edition release

previously unissued RECORDINGS from ’66!


Live at the Whiskey a Go-Go, St. Paul, MN, 1966

The word is eternal. EVERYBODY’S heard about The Bird. The Trashmen’s raucous “Surfin’ Bird” has proved to be one of rock’s most enduring recordings, regularly infecting new generations with its irresistible insanity. The song was born as the band tirelessly worked the teen-club circuit, where the need to keep the dance floor moving was paramount. Unfairly tagged as a novelty band, in truth the group was (and is!) a lean, propulsive rock and roll unit, foreshadowing The Cramps, The Ramones and countless other raw power proponents.

Regularly packing regional Midwest venues such as The Roof Garden, The Tower, Danceland and The Surf Ballroom with their incendiary live shows, band pal and confidant Mike Jann rightly concluded that these performances needed to be documented for posterity. Bringing his portable reel-to-reel tape recorder to Minneapolis’ St. Paul’s Whiskey A Go-Go, Jann captured the two previously unreleased performances on this record at gigs a week apart in August 1966. Before a hometown crowd, drummer Steve Wahrer, bassist Bob Reed and guitarists Tony Andreason and Dal Winslow threw down the bird dance beat with an authority born of road-hardened chops. No Pro-Tools, no Autotune, no overdubs: just real, writhing rock coming at you at a 1000 miles per hour. Grab this strictly-limited Record Store Day single and hang on!

1. Mean Woman Blues
2. Big Boss Man

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