A celebration of pop
By Andrew Woodger
Ipswich-based singer/songwriter Tyrone Lee Needham is making no apologies for his love of pure Pop Music. He's proudly calling himself KingOfTrash in response to those who see mainstream, melodic pop as inferior and throwaway.
"People aren't embracing pop music anymore [as opposed to rock or alternative genres], they're just going with what's cool at the time instead of simple, melodic songs such as The Supremes, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga and Madonna," said Ty as he outlined his mission statement.
"It's almost like people are turning their back on it. So for me, KingOfTrash is just 'king of pop', but it's ironic because I want to promote disposable pop."
Ty's career started in his home city of Nottingham where he was born in 1976. He linked up with Mark Gamble in 1999. Gamble was a member of Krush who had a hit in 1987 with House Arrest (The Beat Is Law) and he also produced the KWS hit Don't Go.
Ty at BBC Suffolk
"Mark used to live round the corner from where I lived in Nottingham. When I first met Mark he was a star and he's a great person and fantastic talent."
Ty also appeared on Blue Peter in 1996 alongside Sean Maguire and toured as part of the Trent FM Roadshow alongside the former EastEnders/Grange Hill actor as well as Deuce and Clock.
"I had a single out called Missing You Now and we did a lot of radio stations and TV performances, including Bushell On The Box as well, and we also did the club tour with that. I think pop music was probably at its best in the 1990's - Take That for instance."
On stage, Ty sings and plays keyboards to backing tracks, although that may change in the future with the recruitment of a band.
One of KingOfTrash's new tracks Bring Me Down is based around a sample of Enola Gay by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
"I loved that song and the riff just felt natural to go with my song's melody and lyrics. And I thought 'shall I be cheeky and use it? Yeah!
"We're in the process of getting permission to use the sample. I haven't spoken to OMD personally, people are speaking to them on my behalf. I'm flattered that people let me use their samples and like my music."
Mythology is the name of the new KingOfTrash album and they're now in search of a record company to put it out and promote it. It's been produced by Mark Gamble and also features a track co-written by Steve Bronski of Bronski Beat fame.
It's actually his second album following 2005's Highly Inappropriate which he refers to as his 'rebel album'.
Mythology is being promoted on the Reverb Nation website and Ty said it's garnering interest in London and Manchester as well as Ipswich.
"I still want to do a physical release. For me making an album is having one in your hand. I still love going into a record shop and buying a CD, although it's something that's dying out - along with pop music.
"Thank god for Girls Aloud, Lady Gaga and Take That - they're keeping pop music going and I would love to be up there and helping pop music."
Happy, but not a Merry Man
Ty moved to Ipswich from Nottingham: "I wasn't very good at wearing green tights and climbing trees.
"I've got cousins here and friends here and I just fell in love with it. The thing I love about Ipswich is the dry humour and the weather.
"I never liked school in Nottingham - I'm dyslexic so I didn't do very well at school. I was lucky that I was a bit of a clown who joked around and did handstands to keep the bullies away, but my friends and family are still there and it will always be my home.
"I will be touring to promote the record, but it'll be club gigs in places such as Ipswich and, of course, Nottingham.
"As long as I can get up there, play a few songs and let people hear my music, I'm more than happy."
last updated: 26/08/2009 at 13:07
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