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Al Forsyth

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So after Larry's week of incredible songs, let's really get shallow and look at some trashier songs (not about garbage) but we know the drill.  “American Trash”.  Goofy?  Trashy?  Out-of-place?  Maybe you like – or maybe you don’t!  Not a diatribe on any period of music (two of the songs kind of match up and this wasn’t intentional).  I chose four songs, including a Brian Wilson penned one.  There are ladies and gents associated with all four songs.  You can rate them as you like, I suppose:  favorites or trashiest.  You can add your own trashy stuff and begin a conversation. I only get current pop in a few places now, but today I said no pop please (my wake up alarm – but also spin class) and there's one here. Keep on voting on Larry's week but I'm kicking off (like we used to) on a  Sunday night. 

Here are the four entries in the trashy sound pile this week:

Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love (digital re-master)
So we have half of the Talking Heads (husband and wife team, Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth) and assorted other players and singers in the group.  Here they are from the first TTC album.

Sofi Tukker – Best Friend  (clean TRL live(?)) Featuring Nervo and The Knocks
In the fall the song popped up on the iPhoneX commercial (things to do version) and of course with different lyric content it’s also out there, yet since it’s gone mainstream pop (not the shit-to-shoot version).  They are Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern (Sofi and Tukker – not to be confuzzled with THE Sophie Tucker). 

Sharon Marie – Run-Around Lover
We have the various stories of Sharon Marie Esparza, but who was she?  She recorded a VERY famous pre-take of a Beach Boys song.  Was she dating Mike (he was divorced by this time)?  Did she audition with opera songs for Brian and Mike?  Was she a run-away herself?  Never-the-less, we have this tid-bit (the song, not Sharon Marie) but where is she? Her pictures belie her voice. https://www.last.fm/music/Sharon+Marie/+images/fd70847d6b864accb779472f1d7c57f4

The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like
That crazy early 80’s time when it was almost anything goes. Here came Akron, Ohio’s Waitresses.  Their line-up was Chris Butler (guitars), Patty Donahue (vocals), Mars Williams (sax), Dan Klayman (keys), Tracy Wormworth (bass) and Billy Ficca (drums). Folks, listen to Tracy’s bass.  They have other notable songs and of course X-mas provides one still.



Have fun and stay trashy as you can with this. 

 


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I'll be back to vote, meanwhile, an obvious one:
The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird


And this....
Monte Video And The Cassettes - Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang







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trash?
there's plenty of it.
most trash is just mediocrity in motion.
so i do hope we're spared such soul-sucking detritus
and are blessed with stuff of sheer enthusiasm
that it blasts the mind with gleesome delight.
for it takes some skill to produce trash that is both catchy and memorable
to the point where it transcends drabness.
so, i suppose anything that might go under the wholesale moniker of 'art rock' might oblige.

the ze label sure managed that
(find 'mutant disco : a subtle discolation of the norm'
an early 80's compilation album that abounds with class).
my vinyl shelves are replete with ze offerings 
suicide / alan vega / was (not was) / coati mundi
and, of course, the poppiest example of their stable kid creole and the coconuts:

an even better ( for me) example of the waitresses
(certainly not 'the world's smallest turkey'
and still one of the very finest xmas songs)
would be: 


and the ztt record label through the 1980's would cough up 'art rock' in spades.
more (or the same) shelves groan under the magnificent weight of singles and albums by
the art of noise / grace jones / anne pigalle / fgth / buggles... 
(i just notice my the pogues / kirsty mccoll / 808 state records in there, too,
adding a slightly different angle to the label)
i bought at least 4x 12" single versions of this monster by fgth
(thereby helping keep it 9 weeks at number 1 in the charts!
what cannon fodder i was in the cause of record company chart manipulation
'you may pronounce us guilty a thousand times over...' a. hitler,
who appears on one mix,
so not only on vibes on a bonzo dog doo dah band number!):


in honour of the spirit of trashiness,
here's a poo-like recreation of bliss,
that misses the target by a wide wide margin,
by the spice girls:



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This'll take some added time.  No actual Beach Boys involvement?  [confused]  I'll begin listening later this aft.  Is this the first time that maybe 'dating' a Beach Boy while 'he' was 'between engagements' counts as 'representation'?  [crazy]  I've been on stage with the group [and the Beached Boys too] like 5 times.  [and in their company at least 10 times]  You're lucky I can't sing. [biggrin]  Or next week...[eek]

Rev up your engines boys and girls.
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No actual Beach Boys involvement? 


Produced by Brian. 

Written by Brian and Mike. 
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Wow, after one of the best battles, here's one of the worst.   They're really all TINs, but if I have to vote.  

Gold - the Waitresses - I liked their Christmas song, but that's about it

Silver - Tom Tom Club - Catchy, but catchy doesn't mean good.  Years later, it provided the basis for a crap Mariah Carey song

Bronze - Sharon Marie

Tin - Sofi Tucker 
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kds and I do not see eye to eye on this topic.  I will listen more at home to be sure, but as of right now, I am predicting the Waitresses as last place...   
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Al -- this is a very interesting theme, although trashiness is in the eyes, ears and nose of the beholder, right?

These three quickly came to mind, not "trashy" in the sense of "inferior" but as exemplifying a certain je ne sais quois of trashiness:

The Knack, "My Sharona"


The Divinyls, "I Touch Myself"


The Cramps, "The Way I Walk"


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Al Forsyth

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True enough - one person's trash may be another person's treasure.  I like how Larry says it: "certain je ne sais quois of trashiness."

With Brian and Mike's involvement with Sharon Marie - bottom two tracks:
https://www.allmusic.com/album/unsurpassed-masters-vol-3-1963-the-alternate-surfer-girl-album-mw0001164204
https://twitter.com/beachboyslegacy/status/941046093550321664
Gettin' Lee on-board with this ^.

Still, let's keep it trashy this week as best that we can, without going waaay overboard.  

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Gold -- Sharon Marie -- I've liked this since I first got the Pet Projects compilation.

Silver -- Tom Tom Club -- even though he spells it "Frantz" with a "t"

Bronze -- The Waitresses -- by a nose

Tin -- Sofi Tukker -- not to be confused with red hot mama Sophie Tucker


Whoever made the video had the right idea, but trashiness isn't really their thing: The Beach Boys, "All I Want To Do"


On the other hand: The Rolling Stones, "Brown Sugar"


From Wikipedia:
Quote:
[Jagger] spoke at length about the song, its inspiration and success — including claiming credit for writing the lyrics.... After noting that the lyrics could mean so many lewd subjects, he again noted that the combination of those subjects, the lyrical ambiguity was partially why the song was considered successful. He noted, "That makes it... the whole mess thrown in. God knows what I'm on about on that song. It's such a mishmash. All the nasty subjects in one go... I never would write that song now.... I would probably censor myself. I'd think, 'Oh God, I can't. I've got to stop'.

The lyrical subject matter has often been a point of interest and controversy...  "Brown Sugar"'s popularity indeed often overshadowed its scandalous lyrics, which were essentially a pastiche of a number of taboo subjects....
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Sharon Marie...Strictly 1 carrot gold.  The other 3 songs were, no doubt, chosen to kindly allow this to slip and slide its way to the top.  In fairness she almost pulls it off.  Mildly more interesting and significantly less irritating than the rest.  WARNING...NOT to be played again...[except when the other 3 are the only other songs available.]  There's a reason why this 'tune' didn't 'happen'.

Waitresses...Good gawd!!!  SHUT UP!!!  I'd have voted it first except that the 'attitude' contained here-in makes me want to chuck my computer into the neighbour's hot tub.  The only reason I don't is that THEY'RE currently in it and they'd get as pizzed off as our 'sanger' here and start squawkin' at me like she just did.  How did this finish 2nd then?  There's worse to come.

Tom Tom the Piper's Son...Stole a pig and away he run. and Sofi Tukker [should most definitely have been Sophie Tucker] are tied for dead  LAST. THAT was just plain awful.  Both of 'em.  They're everything I loathe about most of today's top 30 shyte...save that they didn't include that 'ravagingly' and severely painful hip/hop disco-like dance beat.  Both songs?  Silly.  Off-putting.  Redundant.  A couple o' Turds.  Irritatingly painful to have to sit through.  I hope to NEVER hear them again. Please Darren J.  If you have an ounce of decency about you...do NOT allow these songs back for the playoffs. 

AL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 






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Al Forsyth

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Lee,  I had a few far worse than this.  Let's see how the process plays out.  Sharon isn't getting my top vote.  I would just like to know whatever became of her?  There's a linked in of a lady in SF area. 

Meantime: how Apple found them.

Were they trashy?  Sure!


Sofi Tukker from Brown and The Heads from RISD - Providence, RI. 

I should have added the ultimate trash band:


REAL Sophie:


Keep it trashy, here folks! 

Thank you for the votes and songs thus far! 

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Hi Al.

Oscar the Grouch would simply love this week.  

Here's one song that is total trash and an easy first to come to mind.



Beat it, Bertie.  



These guys are apparently not even a joke!




Looks like you've opened the door, Al.  Anything could come up, including David Soul.

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Here's my order:

1. Waitresses

2 Sharon Marie

3. Tom Tom Club

4. Sofi Tucker

and here's the New York Dolls! 

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