“Those who forget their history are condemned to repeat
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
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 Miami’s glittering, semi-comatose
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 Peru’s
“Shining Path” 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 other’s arms, weeping
at their foolishness. With legendary Mike OBrien (the Eat, Drug Czars)
“recruited” 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. And at cock-fights.
Now, here's a real article by John Floyd in the Miami New Times.