Ashtray Boy

 

Ashtray Boy is two indie pop bands in one: the first existed in Chicago, the other -- simultaneously -- in Sydney, Australia. Both were led by vocalist Randall Lee, formerly of the Cannanes and Nice; after the latter's 1993 demise, Lee began splitting his time between his native Australia and the U.S., and the first Ashtray Boy lineup formed was the American version, rounded out by future Pulsars member Dave Trumfio and drummer Justin Niimi.

 

Their 1993 full-length, "The Honeymoon Suite" (featuring backing vocals from Liz Phair), was the first release issued under the name, while 1994's "Macho Champions" featured material from the Chicago unit as well as the Sydney group, which also featured bassist Thomas Tallis and drummer Neil Johnston. In 2002, Lee left Australia for Vancouver B.C., where he set about putting together a Canadian lineup as well.

 

What they all have in common is Lee's slightly weird but always poppy songwriting and his distinctive voice. 

 

It is remarkable that apart from this debut and their last album "Painted With The Mouth" from 2015, none of their ten albums were recorded in a closed band formation or in one country; Lee takes the opportunity to record his songs in different countries with different musicians and to combine them to albums.

 

Currently the band is gathered around Randall Lee and his wife Carla Bruce-Lee on bass. 

Ashtray Boy on JellyFant / The Bouncing Corporation

TOGETHER (LP * JellyFant 2013 * cat# jayf 08) * file under Indie Rock

Dead End Street* / Please Keep A Bottle Handy** / Holiday*** / Little Rug Bug**** / The French Girl***** / Dreams Never End***** / Raymond E. Feist******/ Right Here+ / The Gay Ambassador++ / Lies+++ / Golden Fingers++++/ Courtney****** / Outdoor Cinema+++++

* from 33&1/3 PartyTape (2007) / ** from Melbourne Water 2 (2004) / *** from Third Gear 7" (1997) / **** from Music of Chicago III (1997) / ***** from Mind Of A Child 7" ( 1996) / ****** prev. unreleased / + from Right Here - a Go-Betweens Tribute (1995) / ++ from Pop The Question (2006) / +++ from Your Cassette Pet (2008) / ++++ from Spit and a Half (1995) / +++++ from Bridge: Stories & Ideas (2001)

 

Vinyl-only compilation of tributes and covers - lim.ed. 300 copies

THE EURO (CD * JellyFant 2003 * cat# jayf 02cd) * file under Indie Rock

Late Night Mating Game / Fleisch und Gemuse / Hache de Sleaze / Me Signomi / de Kievit / Ontem NoJantar / Arrivederci Baby / Monsieur Aurevior / VIP 600 / H20 Conversations

 

Ashtray Boy: Randall Lee, Carla Bruce-Lee, J. Niimi, Jo Packer, Tim Maher and André Hartmann.

Remixes of VIP 600 and H20 Conversations by Greg Wadley.

Recorded in Sydney, Vancouver and Voerde

 

Recorded after their 2000 tour in different languages - plus two remixes. Dedicated to the common European preservation and a small Australian Kanguru.


THE KING´S BUCCANEER (CD * Bouncing Corporation 2000 * cat# Head 19) * file under Indie Rock

Wisecrack in Paradise / VIP 600 / Spectres Glasses / Wild Esky / Bonjour Tristess / Room 50 at the Fez / Smack The Pit / Farmhand / Session Fly / 1st Day of the Year / The King´s Buccaneer

 

Ashtray Boy can be: Randall Lee, Jay Niimi, Jo Packer, James Dutton, Ian Wadley, Carla Bruce, Tim Maher, Neil Johnson, Thomas Tallis and Jason.

Recorded in Melbourne and Chicago

 

Like almost all Ashtray Boy albums recorded over different years and in different line-ups.


THERE´S YOUR HEART (CD * Bouncing Corporation 1999 * cat# Head 16) * file under Indie Rock

Underwater Conversation / La Rue Obscure / With Silken Gloves / Crusty Singers in Crapped Cut Bands / Atomic Pimple / Casablanca 1975 / Chiltern / Lunar Modul / Fish Came and Planned / Koala Boy / Useless Window / Refridgerator Dressed in Nylons / Kev and Phaline / The Whip

 

Ashtray Boy have been: Randall Lee, Jay Niimi, James Dutton, Jo Packer, Ian Wadley, Andy Creighton, Dave Trumfio, Tim Maher, Carla Bruce and 

Stephen O´Neil.

Recorded in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and Olympia

 

Like almost all Ashtray Boy albums recorded over different years and in different line-ups.


VIP 600 (from The King´s Buccaneer)