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The Trashmen


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Minneapolis, MN, USA (1962 – 1967, the 1980s – present)

The Trashmen are a // band. They formed in Minneapolis, MN, USA in 1962. The lineup at that time was Tony Andreason as lead guitarist and vocalist; Dal Winslow on rhythm guitar and vocals; Bob Reed as bass guitarist and vocalist; and Steve Wahrer on drums and vocals. The group disbanded in 1967, reunited in the 1980s, and continued to play together until the untimely death of Steve Wahrer. Some time after esophageal cancer claimed Steve in 1989, Tony Andreason’s younger brother, Mark, took over as drummer for the group. In 2007, The Trashmen joined the revival movement of the popular groups of the 60’s… with the original members.

The Trashmen’s major hit was 1963’s “Surfin’ Bird,” which reached #1 coast to coast in the United States and in Canada. They were #1 in Caracas, Venezuela for 6 weeks and are still listed as the top rock band of all time in that country. In Sweden, “Surfin’ Bird” came out of its cage, flying up the record play list to #2 and to #5 in Australia. Mexico called it “El Surf Del Pajaro por LosTrashmen” where it flapped its way to the top of the charts.

The Trashmen continued to release great follow up singles. In 1964, “Bird Dance Beat” reached #30 in The United States, becoming a mega hit in Brazil. In Canada, “Bird Dance Beat” was a top 10 hit, as well.The Trashmen went on to have 5 other charting singles and 14 albums.


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