Trash Brats – self titled (30th anniversary vinyl reissue)
Detroit’s legendary Trash Brats have been a huge part of my musical universe going back to my early days in the record-reviewing racket. Here was a band that was too punk for the glam rockers, too glam for the punks, and probably too pop for either! If nowadays “glam-punk” is a thing, that’s largely because the Trash Brats and a few like-minded bands made it a thing through years of exciting live performances and stellar releases that attracted devoted fans the old-fashioned way. It all started 30 years ago with the release of the Trash Brats’ self titled debut album. This would be the first of four proper albums released by the Trash Brats. It was originally released on cassette but had never come out on vinyl until earlier this month. The 30th anniversary vinyl reissue of Trash Brats is the first release on Jim Rinn’s I-94 Recordings in nearly 20 years! The bubblegum pink vinyl sold out in 24 hours, and the fancy wax mage art vinyl sold out in a few days (I wasn’t joking about the fans being devoted!). The album is still available on 180-gram black vinyl and well worth owning whether you’re a longtime Trash Brats fan or just discovering the band for the first time. It’s also available from the streaming sites if you just want to hear the songs again. Featuring fan favorite cuts like “Don’t Wanna Dance”, “Bubblegum Girl”, “3873 Marlborough Street”, “Gas Boy”, and “S-M-U-T”, this remains the definitive Trash Brats release. Grab a copy while you can!