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


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The coronavirus lockdown has been unexpectedly fruitful for fans of the Trashcan Sinatras. A new song The Closer You Move Away From Me emerged on the 22 May and more recently the band launched their own Patreon community. For a monthly fee the site offers fans to be patrons of the band and gives access to exclusive and mostly unseen/heard content. It’s another way of allowing the band to continue on their musical journey. You can sign up here.

One event in particular, though, created ripples of excitement through the loyal Trashcan community. Their second album, ‘I’ve Seen Everything’ featured on one of Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess’ #timstwitterlisteningparty – a near-nightly event where bands live tweet their way through the most famous albums of their careers.

The Trashcans asked the fans what album they should listen to and ISE was the popular choice.

On the night of the Twitter ‘party’ the tweets – if you could keep up with them – unearthed some previously unknown gems of information in the recording of the album. Here’s a few highlights…

  • Mike Barson from Madness was booked to play piano on Hayfever but he missed his plane, so Larry Primrose ended up playing it.
  • Pots and pans filled with water and hit with spoons added to the percussion on Worked A Miracle.
  • The Perfect Reminder – Paul’s response to hearing Lou Reed’s ‘Harry’s Circumcision’

A very enjoyable, informative night and a much-needed distraction from the meltdown of lockdown.

Collaborating with Tim Burgess on these listening parties was Ben O’Brien. Ben brought a visual element to the proceedings, initially illustrating a set of scenes of people enjoying the albums. The illustrated albums became so popular he kept going and produced many more.

Here’s his illustration of ‘I’ve Seen Everything’. Magic isn’t it?


2020 Trashcan Sinatras



THE BEST AROUND
April 28, 2020, 6:00 pm
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Easy Read and the accompanying Desktop Tales was the first Scottish-based fanzine dedicated to the Trashcan Sinatras.

Produced in 1997 by David Anderson, a fan from Kilwinning in Ayrshire, the fanzine consisted of 44 pages and included a 16 page pull-out on mainly recent – ’95 & ’96 – local and national press material, a 2 page article on the famous email list, contributed by original list member Diane Gleim from Los Angeles, California, Kenny Gan’s original discography, a gigography of concerts played by the band since July ’95, numerous set lists and finally a selection of unseen photographs by ‘official’ band photographer Colin Dunsmuir.

It’s very good and all for the bargain price of £3…

Desktop Tales…

1997 Trashcan Sinatras

 



THE WHO
April 12, 2020, 1:09 pm
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Here’s John’s guitar settings/setlist for the Trashcans gig at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in July 2001.

Thanks to Mr. Plain or Pan for the image.

5 July 2001 King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow.



180 gram Weightlifting
April 10, 2020, 3:37 pm
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For the 15th anniversary of its original release, 2004’s ‘Weightlifting’ was made available on vinyl for the first time!

Remastered on 180 gram vinyl, it included a full colour outer sleeve, a full colour insert with lyrics and a colour inner sleeve featuring liner notes written by British music journalist Pete Paphides…

“If life is a spectator sport, a Trashcan Sinatras album is the work of unassuming Olympians.”

It’s a wonderful package befitting such a wonderful album and really should be part of your record collection. Get your copy here.

Now all we need is a vinyl release of ‘In The Music’…?

Also, not one but two test pressings were produced. Test pressing one had too much hiss so another was cut, but to be honest there’s not an ocean of difference to these average ears.

2004/2019 Trashcan Sinatras

 



Through T-Shirt Breezes…
April 8, 2020, 9:57 pm
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Here’s a selection of t-shirts bought and acquired over the years…

 




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