"The Trashmen" were a rock and roll band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1962. The group's lineup was Tony Andreason on lead guitarand vocals, Dal Winslow on guitar and singing, Steve Wahrer on drums and singing, and Bob Reed on bass guitar. The group played surf rock which included many elements from garage rock.
The Trashmen's major notable hit was 1963's "Surfin' Bird", which reached #4 on the Billboard charts in the latter part of that year. The song has been used in many movies, such as the well known scene in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket"and many commercials. It is generally known to be an earworm. The Ramones and The Cramps have played the song in many concerts and released their own studio and live versions.The Trashmen had 5 other hit singles on the charts and have released a successful 4 CD box set of their work.
The group disbanded in 1967 but reunited in the 1980s, they played together until the death of Steve Wahrer, who died of cancer in 1989.Tony's brother, Mark Andreason filled Steve's big shoes as drummer.In 1999, The Trashmen played in Las Vegas, NV at The Las Vegas Grind to a full house. They are reuniting to play select gigs.