"THIS IS THE TT ALBUM THAT SHOULD HAVE MADE THE TRANSITION FROM 80'S BAND TO JUST A GREAT BAND. UNFORTUNATLY IT DIDN'T. THERE ARE SOME GREAT SONGS ON HERE. SUCH AS "BOMBERS IN THE SKY" - AND IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY IT CAME OUT DURING THE GULF WAR? BUT I DO REMEMBER HEARING IT IN EVERY CLUB BACK IN '91. ANOTHER GREAT SONG HERE IS "THIS GIRLS ON FIRE"- WHICH I THINK SHOWCASES TOM BAILY'S GREAT VOCALS. "SUGAR DADDY", THE ONLY HIT SINGLE OFF THIS ALBUM IS YOUR BASIC CATCHY QUIRKY TT SONG. TO THIS DAY, I STILL LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM. BOY, DO I MISS THE THOMPSON TWINS."
Only Queer is better
Kevin | Sweden | 03/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is really good. It's stayed in my rotation for years. It's the next best Thompson Twins CD (I own or have owned them all). Queer is best and Quick Kick and Side Step would be a distant third. They transformed into Babble after this CD and both Ether and The Stone are up in the same class as Queer and Big Trash."
This one deserves more praise than it gets...
Jon Rydin | Chicago, IL United States | 07/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Big Trash" -- though not the Twins' best work, was a much-improved follow up to the disappointing "Close to the Bone". This CD began the transformation of Tom & Alannah actually pushing aside the record companies and popularity, and beginning to record music they enjoyed. From the catchiness & fun of the top 40 hit "Sugar Daddy", the guitar driven "Bombers in the Sky" (which cleverly sampled "Kamikaze" from their "Side Kicks" album, and used briefly in the movie Gremlins 2), the soft-core eroticism of the title track, to the exuberant bounciness of "Salvador Dali's Car" and "Wild" -- this album shows the Twins' having fun, relying less on keyboards, and returning to their guitar-based roots. Even tossing in a special appearance by Deborah Harry, who is a hoot on "Queen of the U.S.A.".Trust me... this CD is definitely a keeper for anyone that appreciates what the Thompson Twins have to offer."
A good last attempt at mainstream music
Turtle502 | Pitman, NJ USA | 08/14/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When the Thompson Twins released this album, it was right after their album "Close to the Bone", which also did not perform as well as early albums, making it the second album after the multi-hit album "Here's to Future Days" ("King for a Day", "Lay Your Hands On Me"). As if "Close to the Bone" weren't enough of a musical transition for fans to comprehend, this album took another dramatic shift -- and was even more different than "Close to the Bone". This doesn't mean, however, that this CD is not any good.
The best track (and highest chart-topper) was "Sugar Daddy", which was a very poppy, danceable number. None of the songs seem related in style -- with some of them sounding like they could belong on "Here's to Future Days" (such as "Dirty Summer's Day" and "Bombers in the Sky"). "Salvador Dali's Car" is quite a whimsical number, and possibly one of the best tracks on the disc, after "Sugar Daddy". You can hear, through instrumentation, that the Thompson Twins were trying to go off in a new musical direction...again. The vocals are dead-on "Thompson Twins", and Tom Bailey's voice is as strong as ever.
I would personally throw away the tracks "Queen of the U.S.A." and "TV On". The disc does end on a high note, with "Wild", which has a really decent call/response "anthem" feel about it. Compared to their previous four albums, however, this outting is probably my least favorite Thompson Twins album, and is the most out-of-place album in their discography. Subsequent albums made up for it, but I believe this is the album that ended their careers."
BIG TRASH IS A BLAST!!!!!!
Scott Vassiliou | CORAL SPRINGS, FL | 07/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"NOT THERE BEST EFFORT, BUT A WORTHY ALBUM. THERE ONLY HIT FROM THE ALBUM [SUGAR DADDY]#28 WAS QUIRKY POP SONG,AND THE BEST TUNE FEATURED HERE. SONGS LIKE [THIS GIRLS ON FIRE]AND [BOMBERS IN THE SKY]ARE PRETTY GOOD AS WELL. I THOUGHT THIS ALBUM WAS UNDERRATED AND SHOULDVE BEEN POPULAR."