Five Hungry Joes – A pictorial archive of the Trashcan Sinatras. Legendary Scottish Band

Poster Boys
July 4, 2014, 8:41 pm
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A very large promo poster for debut album ‘Cake’. So large in fact, I could probably fill one of the walls in my hallway with it.

Now there’s an idea.

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We Come From This Town Up Here
April 6, 2014, 7:56 pm
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Number One was a British pop music weekly magazine which ran for around nine years, mostly during the 1980s, and was marketed as ‘The best weekly pop mag on earth!’

It’s not until you go back and read a magazine like this that you realise how utter shite it really was. The best weekly pop mag on earth? Yer arse.

So it was surprising to find a Trashcan interview in among all the garbage (pun intended) of the 1990s pop scene.

Here’s Paul extolling the wonders of his hometown of Irvine…

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Let’s Go Roaming…

…to Laurel Canyon via Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

That’s exactly what Scottish musician Roddy Hart did recently for a night of collaboration at Celtic Connections.

In the late 1960s, Laurel Canyon, a neighbourhood high above Los Angeles, was home to the counterculture hippy scene with influential artists like Jodi Mitchell, The Byrds, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Frank Zappa and James Taylor, all living and making music in and around the area.

Hart inaugurated Roaming Roots in 2013 as a celebration of the late Levon Helm and its success gave him the thumbs up to repeat the recipe. Billed as a tribute to the legends of Laurel Canyon, this year’s Revue followed in a similar vein, taking advantage of the presence of so many musicians in town for the Celtic Connections festival. Artists on the bill included Lau, Lindi Ortega, Dawes, Siobhan Wilson, Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble and Frank and John from the Trashcan Sinatras – each offering their own take on a canyon related song and also allowed the opportunity to unveil some of their own work.

By the end of the show there were over 30 musicians on stage for a rousing finale of The Eagles’ ‘Take It Easy’ and The Mamas and the Papas’ ‘California Dreaming’.

Frank and John took to the stage earlier in the first half of the show for a sublime take on Judee Sill’s, ‘The Kiss’.

Here’s the promo poster for the event – a copy of which was presented to each artist who played.


The poster was designed and produced by Douglas Walker at Handcooked Posters in Stirling – there’s a link on the left there if you want to explore more of his work.

2014 January

February 15, 2014, 12:10 pm
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…or is it?

Here’s a ticket stub from 1996 for the 10th Anniversary of French publication Les Inrockuptibles, with a fine line-up including Placebo, Eels and of course, the Trashcan Sinatras.

Going by the date on the ticket, I’m assuming the venue was changed from La Cigale theatre to Le Bataclan, which as you know, was the venue for the live ‘Weightlifting E.P.’ release, which you can read about here.

Au revoir for now.


10 November 1996

We Like Getting Drunk
December 26, 2013, 10:53 am
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X Magazine was a quarterly humour and/or music magazine which was first published in March 1990, by Card House Productions in Michigan.

Issue number 8 from the fall of 1991, included a single page article on the Trashcans’ and features a phone call interview with Paul Livingston and Australian contributing editor, Brian May.

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Paul Livingston lilts his Glaswegian accent down the phone line over a pub atmosphere to Brian May in Australia.

The Trash Can Sinatras started off playing in night clubs the usual way most fledgling bands do. They did not, however, play any Frank Sinatra covers as some publicity leads you to believe. An ex-member thought up the name and it just ‘stuck.’ Taboo subjects for the band are all centered around the creative process, so rather than find out just what makes them tick, listeners will just have to accept them as they are.

Like many bands, the songs are credited to the whole group. “Frank writes the lyrics, mostly, aye. Everybody else just does the music.’ There’s no particular influence for the subject matter either. “We don’t really like talking about the lyrics because even in the band, most of them mean something different to everybody else. Everyone’s got different ideas what the songs are about.” After comments on the accents, lack of lyrics and the enigma that this creates around the songs themselves, Paul sharply retorted “Tough Luck!” There’s a lot of sarcasm in the lyrics and much playing around with words. “It’s just more fun writing a song that way instead of just singing some sentence that anyone could sing and having a bit of a laugh with the words. There’s no procedure to the arrangements either. “We just write the songs and whatever way they come out, that’s the way they come out. We don’t have any big pretentions about it.”

The Sinatras have their own “Shabby Road” studios in the small Scottish town of Irvine. They deliberately chose a location that was ‘far from the maddening crowd.’ The reason that we bought it, was just so that we could … I mean most bands just move to London & deal with the record company and that. We just thought that if we buy a studio that’s got an office & things and we could record the album up here and everything. It just means that the record company can’t come in every day and annoy us.” Irvine’s just like any other small town with plenty of local young bands, who come into their studio to record.

XMag02Their album to date, “Cake” has mainly acoustic arrangements along the lines of Aztec Camera and a warm, but not gooey, feel about it. “The new stuff that we play now doesn’t really have that much [acoustic arrangements]. It was just that John [Livingstone] played acoustic guitar and most of his songs came about on acoustic guitar. Now he’s got an electric guitar so we’ll sound a bit more … louder.” Paul assures that they won’t be rockin’ out or playing any Bruce Springsteen covers in the future.

XTC receive admiration – “They’ve been going for years and years and years, and they get a couple of hits now and again, but they manage to get enough songs together for a new album. Just trundling along, not bothering with anybody else except themselves.”


US college radio has given them much airplay and allowed them to tour there earlier this year. The Sinatras are now in the middle of recording the next album, which should be ready for release in America and the UK at the end of this summer. Following this they will be touring both countries at the end of the year. They have a healthy, non aversive attitude to playing live, so expect them in your local radio station for a live-to-air session.

Masters of the veil and wit to the end, Paul’s summation of the Trash Can Sinatras was “We like getting drunk.” Maybe that’s where “Drunken Chorus” on the album emerged from.

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