That was ‘Danse Macabre’, the first incarnation of what would become the Trash-O-Rama collective, way back in 2006/7. Then came ‘Are Friends Eclectic?’, a much more anything-goes night where themes ran from Girls to Manchester to Britpop to John Peel, and where yours truly cut his first DJ teeth. (I think the first tune I ever played was ‘Lazy Life’ – a Super Furries b-side – or maybe ‘AM 180’ by Grandaddy?)
Now they have. Trash-O-Rama is a formula that’s found its time. The night itself has pinballed round the city’s sticky basement dens, winning residencies at Homoelectric and Bollox (aka the two best nights in Manchester). Not a bad year all in all. City Life agreed when they gave Trash-O-Rama the Best Alternative Night gong at their end of year awards.
Now the Trash kids are getting their house in order all over again with a re-launch of Trash-O-Rama, kicking off in (anti)style at The Tunnel, that subterranean den of iniquity in Whitworth Street’s Legends (ghost of the Twisted Wheel). The theme is a John Waters Costume Party. ‘Low key’ isn’t really in the Trash vocabulary.
That should be a nice warm-up for when they take over the New Oxford pub on May Bank Holiday as part of this year’s Sounds From The Other City Festival. SFTOC is the musical highlight of the year (yeah you heard right, Warehouse Project). This is an exciting step into the big leagues.
Trash-O-Rama are Polly Esther and Jonny Trash, known to their parole officers as Kirsty and Keith. I forced them to answer questions about the Trash aesthetic and generally what the hell they think they’re up to.
Gimme ONE DAMN GOOD REASON I oughta haul my cookies out of bed for the big Trash-O-Rama re-launch party in March:
Trash-O-Rama Rebirth: John Waters Costume Party is happening at Legends on Friday 4th of March. Here’s your Facebook. Dress up to mess up.
News, events and carnage photos can be found on the Trash-O-Rama website HERE.
Also check out Polly Esther’s style-art-fetish-music-image tumblr bonanza HERE.
Get a tasty preview of the music HERE.