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TRASH MONKEYS - Pass Out

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-attracted the attention of Miamis glittering, semi-comatose punk scene. They came off, according to Miami New Times, 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." 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. Kelley and Feehan left to form the STUN GUNS, Orcutt started HARRY PUSSY (later joined by Feehan), and Johnson accepted a high ranking position within Perus 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 others arms, weeping at their foolishness. With MIKE OBRIEN (THE EAT, DRUG CZARS) "recruited" at gunpoint to play drums, the reconstituted band has been faithfully offending South Florida audiences since 1997." - Smitten.

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.



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