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The Trashmen

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 two songs by the Rivingtons ("The Bird's the Word" and "Pa Pa Ooh Mow Mow"), added freakish vocal effects and a pounding rhythm to the mix, and, by early 1964, the group was in the Top Ten nationwide with "Surfin' Bird." Though the group continued to release great follow-up singles and an excellent album, their moment in the sun had come and gone; they disbanded by late 1967/early 1968. They re-formed in the mid-'80s and continued to play locally until Wahrer's death. The Trashmen are revered by '60s collectors as one of the great American teen band combos of all time, their lone hit exemplifying wild, unabashed rock & roll at its most demented, bare-bones-basic, lone-E-chord finest. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi
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jackson.terr e l l r f h j c
A well everybody's heard... :-)
un gutten
Don't think I'd listen to these guys with a wicked hangover....
salshore
The few things I have heard outside of the Flawless Surfin Bird by the Trashmen prove they are fantastic musicians. Love attempting to surf and wouldn't change it for the world. Most of the world is water so dive in it's great
I discovered them after I heard The Ramones version of Surfing Bird. Then I discovered that, yes, the bird really is the word...
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If it wasn't for family guy I wouldn't have known what great music this is
Surfin
lyletaber
love the great guitar on all the trashmen records
awesome ...surfin days memories we all just have
my first intro to pop music that i could play over and over again
If it wasn't for family guy I wouldn't have known what great music this is
Lol my best friend and I rocked out to Bird is the Word in the 5 th grade!!lol
Love surf music; best (pre-Family Guy) use of Surfin' Bird -- a video of Larry Bird highlights in his prime, produced by the Celtics. Everybody's heard -- about the Bird.
tubegarden
Landlocked? Dude, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake on Earth. You salt snobs are all totally bogus ;) My ancient brain rememembers the lyric as Papa Oom Momma Mao, but, they were sort of loud - in the cafeteria at Robbinsdale High School...

they still play in minneapolis!
Tom, you're right. I've been in a couple of bands; one a true garage band, one a bona fide basement band, but it's been a hoot to play the music and not just listen... although the listening has been pretty fun too.
How blessed I was to grow up in a time of garage bands.Guys like the Trashmen encouraged us to form bands and be an active participant not just listen to a DJ spin discs..
Long Live the TRASHMEN !
hannahbob99
this is one of my favorite songs!! :)
Have you Heard !!!!????.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Saw them in the 60's, '66 I think, great rock and roll band.
johnnyohania n
Surfin Bird was revived on Family Guy. Did you catch the episode?
Interesting, a band from my state...
Dig it!
Love it!
I'm proud to say this band is from my home state! I love this kind of music.
johnnyohania n
NOT TRASHY BY ANY STRETCH
has everybody hearD?
garrisimo
dude
dwcohen.phot o g r a p h y
a very unique sound
One of the best names for one of the best groups from my generation! Love the music; really dig the name.
In peters voice "excuse me sir have you heard" "Heard what? break into the song !!
iraklis
The Humunga Cowabunga From Down Unda
ldarwin9
Bird is the word!
Never get enough surfin bird. Thanks Paul!!!
Hey, have ya heard?
Curse you Family Guy!!
THE BIRD IS THE WORD!!!!
donnalzz
Sounds like a West coast band. That's good.
I will never get the "papa ooh mow mow" from Pink Flamingos out of my head....damn that John waters
don1983
Wow THE BIRD IS THE WORD. Everbody knows.
don1983
Amen who would have thought eh?
leon3anderso n
minnesota surf, nothing beats it

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