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Trash Icon

by Mark Harrington

Produced alt-pop/rock with a touch of goth, prog, and early 90s grunge influence. Plus a Gary Numan cover tune.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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1. One-Way Street
2:28 $0.99
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2. Dream Underground
4:47 $0.69
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3. Catharine
4:42 $0.69
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4. Ticking Bomb
3:04 $0.69
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5. Empty Room
4:39 $0.69
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6. The Three-Legged Waltz
4:25 $0.69
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7. Dysfunctional
2:15 $0.69
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8. Existentialist Afternoon
4:15 $0.69
9. Tale of Two Cities
2:34 $0.69
10. Loud Music
3:39 $0.69
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11. Chain Letter
3:12 $0.69
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12. Eastern Thought
4:28 $0.69
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13. Blood Bond
3:13 $0.69
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14. Cars (by Gary Numan)
3:22 $0.99
15. Catharine (Retro 80's mix)
5:37 $0.69
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"If I were to combine NEIL YOUNG'S chunkiness with TOM VERLAINE'S oddball-pop vocal stylizing I might get something like Mr. Harrington. His wise-guy lyrics, use of accents and well-developed song writing talents make me enjoy his music over and over." -- Don Campau (KKUP FM, Cupertino, Calif.) Feb. 1999

"Not only is the album great to listen to, but its sharp sense of humour -- generally mocking the pomposity of a lot of 'arty' musicians (including himself at times) -- never fails to evoke a chuckle from me." - Chaos Review Feb. 1994

"Harrington is a strong songwriter... [and] clever, dry lyricist. Credit to him for designing his own tongue-in-cheek CD packaging and for successfully self-producing his work" - Chart. June 1993

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T.E.A.


If I were to combine NEIL YOUNG'S chunkiness with TOM VERLAINE'S oddball-pop vocal stylizing I might get something like Mr. Harrington. His wise-guy lyrics, use of accents and well developed song writing talents make me enjoy his music over and over. -- Don Campau (KKUP FM, Cupertino, Calif.) Feb. 1999 Visit www.globalserve.net/~tea for the latest info and music on Mark Harrington. [This message has been edited by T.E.A. (edited May 08, 1999).]
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Jt


The current state of commercial pop music can be summed up in single word - SPAM - pre-processed predictable scraps that are held together with a grotesque gelatinous substance. Thankfully in Canada there is a breath of fresh air - the Canadian independent music scene, and Toronto's Mark Harrington is at the forefront with his latest self produced release - "Trash Icon". Mark's 80's influence shines through in his very Peter Murphy-esque vocals and the cheesy synthesizers in "Eastern thought". Solid tracks prevail on Trash Icon such as "Chain Letter" and Blood Bond". We see a host of more mellow tunes on this release, with such gems such as "Empty Room" and "Tale of Two Cities". The album is not without humor, as we hear in tracks like the funny and twisted "The Three Legged Waltz" - laced with Clarinet and enough "umm-pa-pa" to have any German in the room up on the furniture dancing. Of course the Album also has a fabulous remake of the classic Gary Numan track "Cars", which Gary himself would be proud to call his own. On the whole, the album is a fabulous glimpse into the soul of an artist, sometimes funny, sometimes remorseful, but always entertaining!
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Clay Phillips


"Catherine" now there is a song that hooks you in and has you humming throughout the day. A refreshing CD "Trash Icon" by Mark Harrington shines with a sense of humour which is lacking in many of todays top Independent and mainstream acts. His tongue and cheek humour is often mixed with a brashness that will snap you out of the day to day dulldrums and make you see things his way. Hats off to Harrington for this masterful CD.
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Toronto.E.A.


...Harrington's humour needs several listens to be appreciated. As a writer, artist and appropriator of symbols (the cover has Apple's Trash Icon on it) the humour is more intelligent than, say, Dead Milkmen, nor is it as in your face. But his second album should grow on you like black mildew in a shower... While nothing on the album sticks out like a bad pun, "Chain Letter" is by far the most laughable. Matt Mernagh, Exclaim magazine. Aug. 1999
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Greg A


"Trash Icon" is a must listen, catchy lyrics with catchy hooks. Mark Harrington knows how to have fun and at the same time release a serious record. His cut-and-paste style works to perfection. "Trash Icon" is a singer-songwriter album done from a spectacular point of view. From it's opening track "One Way Street" all the way through to "Cars" by Gary Numan, Trash Icon serves up a particular platter of hits. Harrington's work simply makes him an icon, but this album is certainly not trash.
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