The Poets

Trash/White Trash

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White Trash (Stanley Mouse)

again...White Trash page taken from IOW festival programme (LH)

again…White Trash page taken from IOW festival programme (LH)

Apple Acetate for 'Bad Weather'

Apple Acetate for ‘Bad Weather’

The Pathfinders were re-christened White Trash, then just Trash. This line up issued, on Apple Records, a storming, hard-rockin’ soulful version of Carole King’s ‘Road To Nowhere’ as their debut, coupled with the wonderfully imaginative ‘Illusions’ (APPLE6). Here the group, mid-song, veer off for an excellent psychedelic-style sabbatical, before diving back headlong into the song’s last quarter.

Cashbox ad for ‘Road the Nowhere’ 45 (TB)

White Trash2 (kine)

Portuguese pic sleeve of first Trash 45

Portuguese pic sleeve of first Trash 45

Italian Picture Sleeve

Italian Picture Sleeve

illusions-jap

Japanese Picture Sleeve

illusions-us

US Picture Sleeve

A-side

Audio MP3
Road To Nowhere ()

B-side

Audio MP3
Illusions (Hugh, Nicholson)

Trash on Dutch TV

The single was reported to have sold around 50, 000 copies, but despite healthy sales, something was amiss as no chart placing was forthcoming. It did, however, break into the top twenty in Holland, and the group appeared on the Dutch Top Of The Pops equivalent ‘Doobi-Doo’.

Fraser Watson with Yoko Ono at the Amsterdam Hilton 1969 (courtesy Fraser Watson)

Fraser Watson with Yoko Ono at the Amsterdam Hilton 1969 (courtesy Fraser Watson)

While there the group also played gigs at the esteemed Fantasio and Paradiso venues, and visited John and Yoko at the Amsterdam Hilton. “We needed our fare home and EMI weren’t gonna pay it”, remembers Fraser Watson. “So we went up to see if John and Yoko could help, we brought them a couple of wee presents. John telephoned Apple in London and within a couple of days or something like that cash was wired to us so we could get back to London”.

Trash ..live

Marsha Hunt, White Trash and Desmond Dekker!

White Trash at The Roundhouse

Implosion

Implosion

applead

Trash released another single, getting in there quick with a recording of the yet-to-be-issued ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight’ suite from The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ LP. McCartney wasn’t keen on them doing it, but Starr and Lennon gave it the go ahead. The progressive scene a lot of the groups were embracing at the time can be heard to great effect on the single’s instrumental-heavy flipside ‘Trashcan’ (APPLE17).

Trade ad announcing second Trash 45 release.

Israeli Sleeve

Israeli Sleeve (Yes 33 1/3 rpm!)

Acetate!!

Test Press

Sheet Music

Sheet Music

The second Apple 45  Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight

The second Apple 45

Dutch 45 sleeve

Another fine sleeve for the second 45

Pic Sleeve

Portuguese Sleeve

Goldendutch

Swedish Sleeve

Danish Sleeve

Danish Sleeve

French Sleeve

French Sleeve

Goldenjap

Japanese Sleeve

A-side

Audio MP3
Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight (Lennon/McCartney)

B-side

Audio MP3
Trashcan ()

Full page Cashbox ad for second Apple 45.

In one form or another, and still gigging profusely, mainly throughout the Scottish hinterlands, where their name and onstage repertoire were still a huge draw, The Poets soldiered on, the line-up now featuring various members from The Marmalade, Hughie Nicholson and Dougie Henderson among them. At the end of the decade, or as the new one dawned, The Poets recorded a promotional only single for the Scottish-based soft drinks company Barr’s. Issued on their Strike imprint (different from the label responsible for Our Plastic Dream, early Roy Harper, etc.) the hugely enjoyable ‘Heyla Hola’ / ‘Fun Buggy’ was a commercial flop, despite a television ad campaign that featured the group in the studio, and tearing about the beach in a dune-buggy style vehicle, accompanied by some ‘dollybirds’. The funky-styled flipside, sporting a chunky riff, sinewy wah-wah guitar and some thoroughly cool drum break-beats has, for the last decade or more, now been celebrated for precisely these qualities mentioned above, and has, thus, been a favourite of discerning club DJs looking for that extra-funky thrill to lay on their dancefloor-hungry groovers.

B-side

Audio MP3
Fun Buggy ()

Trash didn’t last too much longer, they didn’t get to play with Marsha Hunt at either the Isle Of Wight concert, or that celebrated ‘Stones in the park gig, or indeed the Woodstock party, and didn’t get to release the LP they had been planning to accomplish. Fraser left and joined up with Dream Police pair Matt Irvine and Hamish Stuart, alongside Tear Gas drummer Wullie Munroe, to form the Berserk Crocodiles. He also plays, uncredited, on a couple of tracks on George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ album. Ronnie Leahy was later on board for Glasgow group Stone The Crows’ debut LP ‘Teenage Licks’.