Music on Mondays (5-18-15)—My mission, should I choose to accept it

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

After yesterday’s post about trash, I wondered if there were any protest songs about the immense trash created by over 7½ billion people on a planet comprising 317 million square miles, of which only 92½ million square miles is land to live on.

I thought that if anyone had a trash protest song out, it would be Neil Young, possibly the greatest songwriter protestor in the history of the world.

I didn’t find any trash protest songs but I admit that I didn’t look very hard because I found a pretty cool song titled “Trash” by the British group Suede. I am unfamiliar with Suede but will endeavor to check out more of their music this week.

Here’s “Trash” to listen to while you read the lyrics and more about Suede and this song:

Maybe, maybe it’s the clothes we wear,
The tasteless bracelets and the dye in our hair,
Maybe it’s our kookiness,
Or maybe, maybe it’s our nowhere towns,
Our nothing places and our cellophane sounds,
Maybe it’s our looseness,

But we’re trash, you and me,
We’re the litter on the breeze,
We’re the lovers on the streets,
Just trash, me and you,
It’s in everything we do,
It’s in everything we do…

Maybe, maybe it’s the things we say,
The words we’ve heard and the music we play,
Maybe it’s our cheapness,
Or maybe, maybe it’s the times we’ve had,
The lazy days and the crazes and the fads,
Maybe it’s our sweetness,

But we’re trash, you and me,
We’re the litter on the breeze,
We’re the lovers on the street,
Just trash, me and you,
It’s in everything we do,
It’s in everything we do…

Obviously the song is about people known as “white trash” here in the United States. According to Wikipedia,

White trash is a derogatory American English term referring to poor white people, especially in the rural South of the United States, suggesting lower social class and degraded standards of living. The term suggests outcasts from respectable society living on the fringes of the social order, who are seen as dangerous because they may be criminal, unpredictable, and without respect for authority whether it be political, legal, or moral. The term is usually a slur, but may also be used self-referentially by working-class whites to jokingly describe their origins or lifestyle.


Suede formed in 1989 and had their greatest success from 1989 to around mid-1997. That explains why I am unfamiliar with them. The period from 1985 to 1995 is my lost decade. I was in such a state of mental shambles that music wasn’t a big part of my life. It has only been since 2012 that I have endeavored to catch up on that decade in music.

“Trash” was the first track on Suede’s third album, “Coming Up,” released in 1996. It is their biggest selling single, making it to #3 on the British charts and hitting #1 in Finland.

Suede reformed in 2010. Since they only have six studio albums, my mission, should I choose to accept it—and I do!—is to listen to all six of them this week. Since I listen to an average of 11 hours of music each day, it shouldn’t be hard for me to listen to Suede’s complete studio discography this week.

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15 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (5-18-15)—My mission, should I choose to accept it

  1. insearchofitall

    I was a bit surprised where this went. Planned to just peruse, click like and move on after I read it was about music. You fooled me. I am very familiar with the term. My mother was adamant that it never apply to us. We were poor, white and fooled the world. She was fanatically clean with less than most people. Our clothes were always PERFECT. She made them herself. I always thought of PWT as people who didn’t care enough to care. Leaving the world their litter to pick up. But that state you were in of mental shambles, I was there during the early 60’s when all the good music came out. Still catching up. I got a kick out of the Zoey’s label being backwards. Are you trying to see who’s paying attention?

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      The Voice lost me at the very beginning when they required everyone to sing cover versions, no originals. I rarely liked any of their cover versions so I quit not too far into the first year.



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