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

Three In The Park
May 23, 2009, 10:55 am
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This triple CD showcased some of the bands who played Scotland’s ‘T In The Park’ festival in 1994, 1995 and 1996.

Featured here are tracks from artists as diverse as Oasis, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead and, eh, Kylie Minogue.

The Trashcans’ ‘Twisted And Bent’ is included on the second CD from their performance at the festival in 1995.

This release was available on CD, Vinyl and Cassette formats, although it should be noted that these are not live tracks, just the standard studio recordings I’m afraid.

A great compilation all the same.


Below is the cassette version where the box lists the featured track as ‘Hayfever’.


Vinyl anyone?…


1996 Go! Discs Ltd 828 792-2 (CD), 828 792-4 (Cass)
828 782-1 (LP)

Cake Anyone?
May 21, 2009, 5:50 pm
Filed under: 1990-1991 Cake, 1998-2003 | Tags: , , ,

Everyone loves Cake, but I think I may have overdone it.

It wasn’t until I bought the new super-duper, hi-res, super high material version that I realised I have six copies of the debut album. Overkill maybe, but you can never have enough Cake right?

Included here are the US, Canadian, UK releases and three from Japan – two of which include six extra tracks.

Now, when is that new re-release coming out again?

cakex6From the top: 1990 Go! Discs 828201-2 (UK) /1990 Go! Discs 828201-2 (US) /1990 Go! Discs 828201-2 (Canada) / 2008 Universal Records UICY-91292 (Japan) / 1998 Polydor K.K./PolyGram POCD-1984 (Japan) / 1990 Polydor Records JASRAC POCD-1028 (Japan)

Sweet Nothings!
May 20, 2009, 6:26 pm
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Here’s a 4-star review from June 1996 in the Tower Records magazine, for ‘A Happy Pocket’.


Like Sugar Puffs, the Trash Can Sinatras are honey-coated. Back in the deep and distant past (1989, actually), they released the incontrovertibly sublime ‘Cake’ album, which became a little corner of the music world all its own, filled with jingle jangle melodies so warm and enveloping they protected you like a Ready Brek glow. Further inspection confirmed that singer Frank Reader (brother of Eddi, fact fans) was also a lyricist of ingenious wordplay, laying pun upon pun, betwixt tongue-in-cheek and wry arched-eyebrow. Then they disappeared, briefly re-emerging with their second album, ‘I’ve Seen Everything’, in 1993, before slipping from view once more. Their eternal low-profile is about to take a battering, however, because their third album, ‘A Happy Pocket (Go Discs)****, is a treat. Slimmer and more taut, this is possibly the first time their production hasn’t swamped their seductive sound, but otherwise it’s business as usual. Like the best of Aztec Camera and Orange Juice, there’s unmitigated joy in each of their songs; hazy and summery, gorgeous, coy, and liberally frosted with sugar. A delight.

tower_02June 1996 Tower Records Magazine

Weight A Minute
May 19, 2009, 6:38 pm
Filed under: 2004-2006 Weightlifting | Tags: , , , , ,

Promo release from spinART of the ‘Weightlifting’ album. There are no labels, inserts or covers on this one – just the plain old CD.

There was another promo of this with a cover which you can see here – but I’ve no idea if this is the same, less the packaging.

Another strange one.

wght_promo_01wght_promo_022004 spinART Records SPART154P (US)

Oddity Knocks
May 19, 2009, 6:30 pm
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From the outside it looks like the regular 7-inch release of debut single ‘Obscurity Knocks’.

But when you slide the vinyl out – voilà – no labels!

knocks_labeless_02knocks_labeless_011990 Go! Records Ltd/Go! Discs GOD34

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