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Trash Monkey's History:

Way back in 1986, back when Cyndi Lauper and Boy George ruled the world with a velvet fist, the Trash Monkeys took their first baby steps on the long march to obscurity. Founding members Lloyd Johnson, Bill Orcutt, Mark Feehan, and George Kelley- fueled by a passionate need for public scorn and armed with a witches brew of guitars, Old Milwaukee, illegal chemicals and provocative evening-wear soon began to attract the attention of Miamiís glittering, semi-comatose punk scene.

After a few years of legendary shows, highlighted by the creative use of rancid meat, hungry dogs, and Vaseline, the Trash Monkeys came to the shocking conclusion that they were approaching competence and began to drift in other directions. George and Mark left to form the Stun Guns, Bill (and later Mark) started Harry Pussy, and Lloyd accepted a high ranking position within Peruís Shining PathĒ rebel army.

Soon enough, however, the numbing drudgery of receiving critical acclaim, touring exciting cities and evading government death squads began to gnaw at the wayward Monkeys and they fell back into each otherís arms, weeping at their foolishness. With legendary Mike OBrien (the Eat, Drug Czars) ďrecruitedĒ at gunpoint to play drums, the reconstituted band has been faithfully offending South Florida audiences since 1997.

Pass Out
is our anthology, 19 songs spanning 13 years. Our aim is for it to be played, constantly, in airports and hospitals worldwide. Also, when people vacuum (We've also thoughtfully inserted a song list and lyrics, plus a photo album. What a deal!))

(See also: "Monkey Time :Local avant-popsters the Trash Monkeys"
By John Floyd)


The Miami New Times Best Album of 2000 "Pass Out"

...the Trash Monkeys came off like a whacked version of Guided by Voices, with a passel of bent but utterly catchy pop tunes that chronicled their obsession with Jesus, television, and housewives, as well as fuzzy guitar hooks that were alternately inventive and rooted in the minimalist pop of postpunk outfits such as Television Personalities and Beat Happening...
... an invaluable document of the wiggy, weird, and visionary work of four people making the most out of their geographic seclusion...Regular songwriters craft works about love, loss, and universal experiences. Boring. True visionaries turn their attention to more pressing matters: their own trials in the spotlight the Trash Monkeys, who have not just one song dealing with the ongoing tribulations of, well, Trash Monkey-dom, but a half-dozen. Of course the band's concerns are a little more downmarket than hordes of groupies, intrusive TV cameras, and piles of cash. As singer Lloyd Johnson croons over a stumbling acoustic lurch, if you enter the "Casa de Trash," be sure to mind the exposed wiring and don't forget to carefully hide your stash."

Flipside said:

"In all, itís a really good record but the fact thatís is so diverse would probably put off most narrow-minded punkers. I, however, feel obligated to give it a solid recommendation. They just donít make many bands this creative anymore."
--- Jimmy Alavarado.

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