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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:


The Rolling Stones – Strolling On The Boulevards of Paris

The Rolling Stones, U Arena, Paris

Wednesday 25th October

View: Down the front in the Pit on Ronnie’s side (but close enough to see the flamingo pattern on Keith’s shirt…)


This brand new 40,000 capacity arena in central Paris made a fitting setting for the three final gigs of the Stones No Filter European tour. Sympathy For The Devil was an innovative opener and the two blues songs Just Your Fool and Ride’ Em On Down provided an early opportunity for Mick Jagger to demonstrate his harmonica prowess. A faultless She’s A Rainbow – tonight’s web choice – belied its 50 years. Encore Gimme Shelter was a showcase for Sasha Allen, her duet with Jagger featuring less vocal histrionics than was the case with latter-day Lisa Fischer.


The powerhouse at the centre of tonight’s rousing performance was the ever-crisp Charlie Watts on drums and effervescent Ronnie Wood on guitars. Jagger was in a mischievous mood, telling jokes about Theresa May and ending a stunning Street Fighting Man by playing Charlie’s cymbals. Guitarist Keith Richards nonchalantly smoked a joint before a moving Slipping Away featured the evocative line “Oh it’s just another show…” Not for tonight’s highly enthused and very multinational crowd. So until next year…

Review written for Record Collector Magazine


Thanks to Laura Alberti for the photographs


John The Finn

From Mick Brophy

Hi Simon,

You’ve done a great job on the MySpace site!

I think Keith’s wrong and John the Finn did not commit suicide, rather he was pushed under a train at Birmingham New Street.

When The Cheaters were about to do our first tour of Scandinavia, we though John, with all his languages, and being a seasoned crew member for all sorts of 70’s bands behind the iron curtain, would be perfect. I contacted Brian Devoile, who then tried to contact John for me. He was put through to the Police and given the 3rd degree, John having just died. Brian was seriously shaken about this – not just John’s death but the manner in which he was quizzed.

OK, maybe suicide. However John had friends in Turku, Finland, a band call The Fabrics who we tried to help out. The Cheaters did our first gig of the Finnish tour at Turku and the Fabrics came to say thanks. They told us his body had been returned to Turku for burial and expressed utter astonishment that we did not know of his clandestine political activities. Quote “Didn’t you know (impleid: he was a spy)”?

As soon as they said this you re-run what you know about the guy. Trash backdrop – revolutionary art – picked by John. The guy had no material needs whatsoever (he lived in our cellar for God’s sake). Brilliant linguist – fluent in many East Bloc languages. Went from East to West at random in vans full of difficult to search band and PA gear. And not forgetting Finland was THE cross-roads for spys of both sides during the cold war – the government ran a tightrope of pleasing both Russia and the West.

My guess – he was a courier. But for who?

Can anyone offer any further information ?




Never Made It!

Never Made It

Never Made It (NMI) was the brainchild of Clare Evans, who late in 2004 put up notices in record shops reading ”Artist seeks photos / videos / memorabilia for exhibition tribute to bands that never made it.”

Her aim was to ‘put the underdogs of the music industry in the limelight and celebrate all that was not to be’. Over a drink in Highgate’s Boogaloo bar it was quickly decided that Trash met Clare’s criteria and so Simon excavated as many photos and bits of memorabilia as he could find.

The next step was to make a documentary of three of the least successful bands in the exhibition – The Secrets, The Trespassers and Trash. Accordingly Simon and Mick were interviewed on camera by Clare at Simon’s office in early 2005.

On May 2nd 2005 the Notting Hill Arts Club staged the opening night of Clare’s Never Made It Exhibition. Photos and memorabilia were displayed throughout the club. Beautifully made badges and fanzines were on sale. Clare showed the 18-minute Never Made It documentary for the first time, to a great reaction from those present.

Coincidentally Nude magazine has run a series of features on unsuccessful bands titled “Beautiful Losers’, with issue 8 (Spring 2006) featuring Trash and Never Made It (


Sleevenotes to “This Is Complete Trash” CD

Cover 3


In On All The Secrets (Trash)

What Do You Think About That? (Trash)

Previously unreleased. Produced by Nigel Gray. Recorded at Surrey Sounds Studios on March 11th 1979.

Simon Wright (lead vocals), Mick Brophy (rhythm guitar, harmonica, vocals), Neil Cossar (lead guitar), Keith Steptoe (bass, vocals), Simon Butler-Smith (drums)


N-N-E-R-V-O-U-S (Trash)

Page 3 (Dumb Blondes) (Trash)

Publishing: Sara Bee Music Ltd

Released by Polydor as a single 2059 013 on June 2nd 1978.

Produced by Shel Talmy. Recorded at Roundhouse Studios, Camden on February 1st 1978.

Simon Wright (lead vocals), Mick Brophy (guitars, harmonica, vocals), Keith Steptoe (bass, vocals), Simon Butler-Smith (drums).


Priorities (Trash)

Look (Trash)

Nnervous (Trash)

Publishing: Sara Bee Music Ltd

Priorities and Look Released by Polydor as a single 2058 939 in October 1977. Nnervous is a previously unreleased version.

Produced by Trash & Clive Selwood. Recorded at The Old Smithy, Worcester in September 1977.

Simon Wright (lead vocals), Mick Brophy (guitars, harmonica, vocals), Keith Steptoe (bass, vocals), Brian Devoil (drums)


Hippy Hippy Shake (Chan Romero, published by Ardmore and Beechwood)

96 Tears (Rudi Martinez, published by Essex Music International)

Louie Louie (Richard Berry, published by Peter Maurice Music)

Previously unreleased.

Simon Wright (lead vocals), Mick Brophy (guitars, vocals), Keith Steptoe (bass, vocals), Steve Pearce (drums)

Demos recorded ‘live’ by Duncan, October 1976, the Assembly Hall, National College of Food Technology, Weybridge, Surrey.


Menace (Trash)

Previously unreleased. Recorded live at Bones Club, Reading on February 15th 1978

Simon Wright (lead vocals), Mick Brophy (guitar, vocals), Keith Steptoe (bass), Simon Butler-Smith (drums)

Bonus Track: Radio 210 Interview – Mick Brophy and Tony Bellekom, Reading, Berkshire 1977

All tracks digitally remastered by Nick Duckett of Rhythm And Blues Records (

Single tracks transferred from vinyl by James Perrett ( )


About these tracks

After 33 years I am amazed we could find a decent selection of Trash tracks in reasonable quality, and delighted that Only Fit For The Bin wanted to release the results. It is a short, sharp selection – we spared you the dodgy demos, sluggish slowies and creaky covers.

In retrospect I am impressed by how much we managed to achieve using very limited raw materials. We were young, energetic and unsophisticated and we turned these limitations into virtues. We got better as we played more gigs and did more recording, to the point where my favourite tracks are the final ones we recorded together.

Unlike most bands who formed in 1976 we were big fans of pre-punk rock’n’roll – listen hard and you’ll hear riffs from Heaven And Hell (the Who) and Happy (the Rolling Stones), the one-note guitar solo from the Feelgoods’ I’m A Hog For You Baby plus lyrical references to the Stooges and John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett. Our version of 96 Tears owed little to ? and the Mysterions but a great deal to live performances by Eddie and the Hot Rods. We used to medley it with our spirited rendition of Rescue Me but sadly I have been unable to find a listenable version of the latter in the pile of crappy cassettes that have provided the source material for this compilation.

Maybe next time? No – This Is Complete Trash!


Simon Wright, London, August 2010


Thank you Jane Wimble, Clive Selwood, Nick Duckett, Marie-Clare Gaulthier, John The Finn, Geoff Horne, Jon Parry, Pete Hawkins, Clare Evans, Stewart Home, Rich Linton and anyone who had the good taste to see us live back in the day.

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Thanks Stewart!


This is what renowned cultural commentator Stewart Homes had to say about our second single on his website:

“N-E-R-V-O-U-S” by Trash. Another A1 production job, this time by legendary American maverick Shel Talmy, the man behind the early Kinks and Who sound. This is just fabulous, power pop doesn’t get any better! There were a lot of great British pop records that came out in the late-seventies and didn’t make the charts, and I particularly love this one.”