Hailing from the wintry heartland of
Minneapolis, the Trashmen achieved cult immortality with a passel of
landlocked surf anthems and reckless garage-rock gems, best exemplified
by their immortal anthem 'Surfin' Bird,' two and a half minutes of
inspired, unhinged mayhem that's never been equaled. But 'Surfin' Bird'
is just the tip of the iceberg of the 1964 album that bears the song's
name. The only longplayer that the band released during their original
lifespan, Surfin' Bird demonstrates that the Trashmen were no novelty
act or one-hit wonder, but a brilliant, original outfit who filtered
their R&B and surf influences through their own cheerfully demented
sensibility to make some of their era's most reckless, uninhibited rock
In addition to the iconic 'Surfin' Bird,' the album
features the surf-and-drag killers 'King of the Surf,' 'My Woodie' and
'Tube City,' along with the 'Bird'-themed sequels 'Bird Bath' and 'Bird
Dance Beat.' Elsewhere on the album, the Trashmen's surf-rock skills
animate the instrumental standards 'Misirlou,' 'Malague?a' and 'Kuk,'
and the band delivers storming readings of Buddy Holly's 'It's So Easy'
and Barrett Strong's 'Money (That's What I Want).'
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