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The Garbage-Men get 'satisfaction': interview

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The Garbage Men_July 20, 2013, Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Thomas Bender

The Garbage-Men, with Jack Berry far right on guitar, perform at Snooty's 65th birthday party at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. Over a thousand people attended the event July 20, 2013.  STAFF PHOTO / THOMAS BENDER

About 45 years after the iconic guitar riff came to Keith Richards while he stayed at a hotel room in Clearwater, a band of Sarasota teenagers called The Garbage-Men reinvented “Satisfaction” and it became a sensation on YouTube.

The young men perform an instrumental version of The Rolling Stones classic in front of Toy Lab in downtown Sarasota using guitars, drums and a horn, “made from garbage.”
The clip has been viewed more than 28,000 times.

“We were looking for a song everyone could enjoy so we could get our message across about making music and art with stuff from garbage,” says 17-year-old guitarist and band leader Jack Berry. “Also, it’s one of the Stones' easier songs because it only has only two different chords.”

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The Garbage-Men performing at Snooty's 64th birthday bash at the South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton Saturday, July 21, 2012. STAFF PHOTO / THOMAS BENDER

The Garbage-Men met while attending Pine View School and the band started performing three years ago after Berry built his first guitar from a recycled cereal box and an old yardstick. Ollie Gray, drums, then had the idea to get their friends together to make a band that played music exclusively on instruments made from trash. In addition to Berry and Gray, the lineup is Harrison Paparatto (sax, trombone and violin), Evan Tucker (bass) and Austin Siegel (chromatic percussion).

The band members, major advocates of recycling and re-purposing what others might consider waste, are performing Friday at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. The Garbage-Men’s set will be part of the multi-act concert “Sympathy for the Devil: The WMNF 70th Birthday Tribute to Mick Jagger.” It’s being thrown by Tampa-based community radio station 88.5, and includes a second night of Stones worship Saturday at Skipper’s Smokehouse. In addition to a slew of bands performing each night, there will also be Mick Jagger lip sync impersonation contests.

The Garbage-Men will stick to instrumentals. In addition to “Satisfaction,” the group plans to perform “Under my Thumb,” but with a twist. Listen for the band to slip into “Gimme Shelter.”

“We were playing ‘Under My Thumb’ one day and I was soloing over top of the bass, which was taking care of the chord changes, and I accidentally played a line from ‘Gimme Shelter,’” Berry says. “I then checked and it’s definitely the same chord so I think we’ll try that.”

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The Garbage-Men's Jack Berry performing at Snooty's 64th birthday bash at the South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton Saturday, July 21, 2012. STAFF PHOTO / THOMAS BENDER

Another surprise, at least for the less than hardcore Stones enthusiasts in attendance Friday in St. Petersburg, will be when The Garbage-Men bust out the sexy, Slim Harpo blues chestnut “I’m a King Bee.” Harpo wrote and first recorded the song in 1957. The Rolling Stones revived it for their for their self-titled 1964 debut album (called “England's Newest Hit Makers” in the U.S.)

“I like vinyl albums and I found that Slim Harpo record with that original on it,” Berry says. “I really like the concept of finding used vinyl records at Goodwill and garage sales; reusing things rather than buying a new CD. Plus you can get a used record for $1 instead of a CD for $10 or $20.”

Sympathy for the Devil: The WMNF 70th Birthday Tribute to Mick Jagger with Talk To Mark (recreating “Exile on Main Street”), Joel Tatangelo Band, Shoeless Soul, Skully, Stone Bone, The Vodkanauts, The Garbage-Men and Natural Robot; 7:30 p.m. Friday; State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; $12 (advance), $15 (at the door); (727) 895-3045; statetheatreconcerts.com
The event includes a second night of Stones worship Saturday at Skipper’s Smokehouse

Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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