REVIEW: The Wonder Years – Sleeping on Trash: A Collection of Songs Recorded 2005-2010


Artist: The Wonder Years
Album: Sleeping on Trash: A Collection of Songs Recorded 2005-2010
Genre: Pop-Punk
Label: No Sleep Records

It’s no surprise to anyone and isn’t really a stretch to say that The Wonder Years are one of the biggest bands in pop-punk right now. They’ve been headlining major club shows, have the adoration of people all around the globe, and it’s for a good reason. The Wonder Years are a fantastic band.

But before they were playing consistently sold out shows and kids were singing every word to The Upsides, The Wonder Years were putting out small releases, touring sweaty basements to make a name for themselves. A compilation, Sleeping on Trash: A Collection of Songs Recorded 2005-2010 is an essential pick up for anyone who found themselves late in their discovery of pop-punk’s golden boys. While not totally necessary for the fan who has been following The Wonder Years for a while, this is a great one stop purchase where you get a great backlog of music. Yes, you can find these songs on their original vinyl releases relatively easily, but if you don’t feel like taking the time or aren’t a complete nerd like myself, Sleeping on Trash is a great pick up.

Song wise, these were the songs that made me fall in love with The Wonder Years. Songs like “Won’t Be Pathetic Forever” and “You’re Not Salinger. Get over It.” were exactly what they types of songs I had been looking for when they were released, and they still hold up today. Although some of the demo tracks I don’t find completely necessary on this release, the covers that are included I know are completely unknown to some of their fan base.

All in all, this is a great release. For someone like me who has been with the band since their pre-Upsides days, it may not be a must buy, but if you want to have one succinct release with everything you need, Sleeping on Trash is a definite pick-up. With The Wonder Years currently in the studio recording their next full-length, I’m itching to hear some new material, but right now this was a great reminder to go back and listen to my favorite band’s entire catalog.


This review has no score and here’s why:

This is a rarities and b-sides collection, and while some of these tracks are new to some, they are old to many. Rating a band’s old songs against their new ones is futile and pointless. Enjoy hearing the roots of where one of your favorites came from.

Written By: Tyler Osborne (Twitter)

Tyler Osborne

Live in DC, grew up in PA. I specialize in writing, filming and taking pictures about punk, pop-punk, and hardcore music, and I also have a huge background in film as well. When not on the site, i'm running my own internet radio show, ToZ's Edge Radio ( I also love stage diving and goldfish.
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