'Ol'Factory Song' by Trimmed Naval Beef
Yesterday’s rap track by Elling got me thinking about other favorite local rap acts of mine. I’ve always been a fan of rap that strays from the norm so I got to thinking about St.John’s rap-rock, a topic which no thirty-something local music fan can ponder without calling to mind Trimmed Naval Beef. Yes, long before Hear/Say became the hottest rap-rock group in town, TNB dominated the genre. The group was composed of Reverend Cornbread (AKA local brass man Patrick Boyle), Professa Peebles (AKA Mark Neary of The Novaks) and Orthopeedick Dave (AKA Steve Murphy). During their time together circa the late 90′s early 00′s, Trimmed Naval Beef rocked many a stage downtown and released their one and only album Gold Star in 2001. The band was a force to reckoned with live: leaping, bounding, screaming and scratching their way into the hearts of the audience. Today’s track “Ol’Factory Song” is a great example of the group’s full-on sound with all hands taking a turn rockin’ the mic. If Pat, Mark or Steve are reading this, a reunion show is long overdue lads.