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The Guardian appreciation I wrote is here



New book with Trash connection

First Posted on April 19 2016


Clinton Heylin’s new magnum opus is being published by leading independent publisher Route – more details here

Jane and Simon were both interviewed by Clinton about seeing the Sex Pistols at Weybridge

Here is the press release:

Anarchy in the Year Zero Collector’s Edition


Posted: 18 Apr 2016 12:59 PM PDT


by Clinton Heylin

‘For those who weren’t there, but swear they were, now you are.’
– Richard Boon, former Buzzcocks manager

Be amongst the first to read Clinton Heylin’s account of the birth of Punk. A special signed and numbered collector’s edition is available to order now and will be despatched one month prior to general release. At standard cover price, the collector’s edition comes with a set of original postcards. First come first served. Click here to order.

Anarchy in the Year Zero: Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Class of ’76 by Clinton Heylin is an account of a movement that not only changed the face of British music, but had a profound and lasting effect on the course of British culture as a whole. This is a forensic, passionate and breathtaking chronicle by one of the world’s leading rock historians, who was there in 1976 at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, when the course of popular music changed forever.

Published to coincide with Year Zero’s 40th anniversary, the book reconstructs the narrative of ‘Punk ’76’ – the real Year Zero – authoritatively, if not dispassionately; to connect the dots not only literally (providing, for the first time, an accurate chronology), but laterally – by showing how many of the characters that circle the Sex Pistols spin off into new vistas of music, fashion and pop culture. Heylin’s distinctive approach of using multiple eye-witness accounts of all the key players in the story skillfully combines the objective rigor of a biography with the personal immediacy of a memoir. The result is that the reader feels as though they are there, on the inside, as the drama of this truly transformative year for British culture unfolds before us.

Clinton Heylin is one of the leading rock historians in the world, with over two dozen books to his name. These include biographies of Bob Dylan (Behind The Shades), Van Morrison (Can You Feel The Silence?), Bruce Springsteen (E Street Shuffle) and Sandy Denny (No More Sad Refrains), as well as his acclaimed pre-punk history, From The Velvets To The Voidoids, the one and only history of rock bootlegs, Bootleg, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed It’s One For The Money: The Song Snatchers Who Carved Up A Century of Pop, nominated for the 2016 Penderyn Book Award. He lives in Somerset.

‘Heylin has done a masterful job of mapping the when, where and who’s who in the Pistols pied piper saga.’
– Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth

>>Click here to order Anarchy in the Year Zero Collector’s Edition

>>See Trailer on Anarchy Year Zero Website

Anarchy in the Year Zero will be launched on 4th June 2016, 6pm, at Watertsones, Deansgate, Manchester, on the 40th anniversary of the first Sex Pistols gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall.


…and here is what Clinton’s new book actually says

 First posted on April 20 2016

Here is what Clinton Heylin has written about the night that the Sex Pistols played St. George’s Hill, Weybridge!


Simon in The Guardian talking about seeing The Sex Pistols

First Posted on November 24 2014


Last Saturday (November 15) Simon was interviewed for an article about seeing the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club at the Punk Rock Festival of 1976. The article also mentions legendary Trash co-vocalist Jane Wimble (as was) and is illustrated with a fine Barry Plummer photograph

See it here

Don’t bother with the comments that follow the article. Online commentators might not be so unpleasant if they had to post under their real names….

Trashlinks Various

Detour Records – Trash webpage

First posted on March 12 2012


Trash pages on Bored Teenagers website

First posted on March 12 2012

Group of 6

Punky Gibbon: Another punk website featuring Trash!

First posted on April 21 2014

Jane @ Punky Gibbon has completely updated her entry on Trash, for which many thanks. It’s here:

We have also done a brand new Q + A which you can find here:


Trash in “Punk Britannia”

First posted on June 19 21012

Thanks to eagle-eyed David Key for pointing out that Trash appear in the third instalment of this excellent BBC4 documentary. There’s a shot of the Priorities sleeve on the wall of Rough Trade Records! It comes about halfway through, blink and you’ll miss it.




This Is Complete Trash CD Reviews


Vive Le Rock CD Review


First posted on March 12th 2012

Trash – This Is Complete Trash! (8/10) Spasms – Return of the Spud Gun Kids (7/10)

Only Fit For The Bin Records

A fan of obscure late 70s lost punk rock oddities? Two previously unacknowledged discoveries here via Bin Liner Records, each accompanied by arch sleevenotes that demonstrate the participants weren’t entirely blinded by ambition, nor have their memories been too cruelly scalded by regret. Naturally then, it’s going to be low-grade, clueless bedroom thrashing that was never released for a very good reason. Well, no. The Spasms disc, despite the graffiti’d brick wall cover, is far more expansive than you might imagine. There are evident post-punk influences (especially on ‘The Guilty Go Free’ and the excellent ‘The Stranger’), and some unexpected playfulness in terms of both lyrics and rhythm that place them, occasionally, somewhere between Squeeze and the Members. Trash are slightly rockier, absolutely in the best traditions of the New York Dolls, and more than competent at it. Their Polydor singles ‘Priorities’ and the Shel Talmy-produced ‘N-N-ervous’ are included, alongside an unreleased third; the genuinely enthralling ‘In On All The Secrets’.

Alex Ogg, written for Vive Le Rock magazine

First posted May 27th 2011


Record Collector CD Review

 Trash – This Is Complete Trash!


Take no notice, they’re just being modest

Trash formed in October 1976 by students at the Food Technology College in St George’s Hill, Weybridge. As singer Simon Wright says in his sleevenotes, “The Food Technologists would have been a great name for a band,” but they went for Trash “partly because of the New York Dolls song, but possibly because we thought it would put us beyond further criticism.” How wrong they were.

Trash discovered punk when Wright and Jane Wimble, who shared lead vocals in the early days, caught the Pistols playing one of their infamous “unannounced” support slots at one of their college dances – and the die was cast. John Peel’s manager, Weybridge resident Clive Selwood, secured the band a deal with Polydor, and the label released Priorities in November 1977. N-N-E-R-V-O-U-S, produced by Shel Talmy, followed in June 1978, but when neither single sold (despite airplay from a “gerrymandered” John Peel), Polydor dropped them.

It was a shame, as Trash’s combination of punk, pub-rock and NY sleaze deserved a better crack of the whip. Rescued from the bin, this collects both singles, previously unreleased studio and live tracks, and a 1977 interview on Radio 210.

Only Fit For The Bin | OFFTB 013

Chronicle Sep9 1977

Hyped2Death CD Review

TRASH -This Is Complete Trash! CD (OFFTB 013)

H2D: Their classic first 45 (‘Priorities’), a less-impressive second, a fine, melodic, neverbeforereleased ’79 session, and some good-to-generic live tracks. None of it’s terrifically original, but who cares when the touchstones are the Heartbreakers, Saints, Birdmen, and various punky 60s sounds… 12 tracks and an informative 12-page booklet.

Amazon User Reviews


Bucketfull Of Brains review



Trash In Print (Slight Return)

First posted on April 21 2014


I popped into Record & Tape Exchange in Notting Hill Gate on Saturday afternoon (Record Store Day) and found a hardback book entitled ’77 – The Year of Punk & New Wave’ by Henrik Bech Poulsen (Helter Skelter, 2005). It is a ludicrously detailed look at the music of 1977 and devotes half a page to Trash, and here it is:


Trash and Shel Talmy

First posted on May 25 2017

Ahead of the new Shel Talmy retrospective  Record Collector magazine ran a retrospective on his productions through the years. Bizarrely whilst including Talmy’s work with the Who, the Kinks and David Bowie they missed out his work with Trash! A letter has now been published in the June edition of Record Collector to redress the balance. Here it is: