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

Spread The Word
May 15, 2009, 6:31 pm
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15-track CD given away free with the November 2004 issue of The Word magazine.

Launched in February 2003 by David Hepworth (Q, MOJO, Heat, Empire), The Word is a music magazine published in the UK.

Here we have TCS’ ‘Weightlifting’, included among other artists as Elvis Costello, The Blue Nile, James Yorkston and the very mighty but sadly deceased, Elliot Smith.

word_04word_02word_01word_032004 The Word magazine November Issue 21

Free Gratis
May 13, 2009, 8:02 am
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Small poster from May 1996 promoting a free gig at the University of Sheffield.

I think this was around the time the band were supporting Lloyd Cole – minus his Commotions – hopefully someone can confirm this.

sheffield20 May 1996

“…You Cannae Beat A Rickenbacker…”
May 10, 2009, 7:09 pm
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I’ll take their word for it.

This double CD compilation from Polygram Records was a showcase for bands on their roster at the time. Including The La’s, The Fall, Buffalo Tom, James, The Wonder Stuff and the Trashcan Sinatras.

Two tracks from debut album ‘Cake’ are included – ‘Obscurity Knocks’ and ‘January’s Little Joke’ – with the accompanying booklet giving a brief rundown on each band.

yes_03yes_01yes_06yes_04Here’s what the booklet says…

“You cannae beat a Rickenbacker”. Particularly when lush layers of them, strumming and chiming, are linked with pure old-fashioned melodies, harmonies and sharp, insightful lyrics. In an age of beat-box bandits and re-mixmeisters, The Trash Can Sinatras are like a breath of fresh air after too much time in the smog.

From Irvine, on the west coast of Scotland, The Trash Can Sinatras embrace the rich tradition of Scottish guitar pop, from Orange Juice to Aztec Camera and (early) Del Amitri. Other comparisons are always inevitable and Britain’s New Musical Express, while naming the TCS’s debut single “Obscurity Knocks” Single Of The Week in March ’90, perhaps said it best, proclaiming “Aztec Camera, The Housemartins, The Smiths, The La’s – all very special groups, and now you can listen to them all at once! Perfect. Crystalline. Divine. Confident…”

As The Trash Can Sinatras, Frank Read (vocals), John Douglas (guitar), Paul Livingstone (guitar), George McDaid (bass) and Stephen Douglas (drums), emerged in 1988 as a covers band, but wisely decided to pursue their own creations. The result, fresh from their own Shabby Road studio in Kilmarnock, is ‘Cake’, an accomplished album of clarity, charm and naturalism, gently crafted by John Leckie (Stone Roses, The Lilac Time), Roger Béchirian (Elvis Costello) and the band.

“Obscurity Knocks”, with its propulsive urgency and three part vocal magic, opens the album with a spark that remains bright through the course of the record to the closing song, “January’s Little Joke”, a sweeping finale in which dense effects are used to communicate a vivid feeling of small-town claustrophobia, and such inspired wordplay as “I knew what embarrass meant, but I never found out what achieve meant”. This ‘Cake’ is a sweet treat. Dig in.

yes_05yes_07yes_021990 Polygram Records Inc/Mercury 878 335-2 (Canada)

Networking (Part 1)
May 10, 2009, 5:23 pm
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The Album Network has championed its belief that In-Store Play sells new music and breaks new bands. The chart, running from around 1981, developed into a vital barometer of the leading edge on new music sales.

Released to record stores throughout America, these CDs were designed to turn record store owners and their customers on to some very cool music.

This CD – released in April of 1991 – was the first in a series of ‘Tune-Up’ discs and included the Trashcans’ ‘Obscurity Knocks’.

The sleeve notes have this as the TCS second single – oops!

tuneup_03tuneup_01tuneup_02tuneup_04tuneup_06tuneup_051991 The Album Network (US)

Music Matters
May 10, 2009, 3:21 pm
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Details is an American monthly men’s magazine (no, not one of those ones). Described as a sort of Vogue for men it has been published since the early 1980s and twice a year includes a free CD.

This one from 1994 includes the Trashcans’ ‘Hayfever’ alongside other artists such as David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Run DMC and ahem, Duran Duran.

details_03details_05details_01details_02details_041994 Details Magazine (US)

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