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

November 30, 2009, 7:27 pm
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Another free compilation CD. This time from The Sunday Times Scotland.

Includes the Trashcans with ‘Leave Me Alone’ alongside other artists including Teenage Fanclub, 1990s, Ocean Colour Scene and Jo Mango – who recently supported the band at the beginning of their 2009 tour at Glasgow’s Oran Mor and who is also signed to their UK record label, Lo-Five Records.

2007 The Sunday Times Scotland

One From The Vault
November 28, 2009, 10:45 am
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Westwood One is America’s No.1 Radio Network and in 1991 the Trashcans paid them a visit to record a live session.

The show – called The Vault – had 6 segments from different artists featuring a short intro and outro from the announcer and then a live song.

On this CD we have an excellent acoustic version of ‘Only Tongue Can Tell’ from their debut long player ‘Cake’. These CDs are extremely rare and hard to find radio shows with only a limited number made for radio stations that would play this type of music and stations that subscribed to the Westwood One radio network services.

Other artists on the show – which was broadcast in February 1997 – included Devo, Midnight Oil, Living Colour and eh, Culture Club.


1997 Westwood One Entertainment (US)

November 26, 2009, 9:28 pm
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Following their 5 star Oran Mor, Glasgow and Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh gigs, the Trashcans announced 2 intimate acoustic shows for Monday 23 and Wednesday 25 November 2009 in the conservatory of Glasgow’s Brel Bar – the venue where they played a series of never to be forgotten concerts in 2003.

Limited to around 80 tickets each night, those in attendance witnessed the band on top form playing tracks from the ‘I’ve Seen Everything’ era through to fifth album ‘In The Music’. What? No Cake?

Highlights included a rare outing of ‘Hammertime’, Mink De Ville’s ‘Spanish Stroll’, ‘To Sir, With Love’ and a spellbinding ‘Send For Henny’ with Eddi Reader joining the band on stage to sing backing vocals.

Here’s the promo poster…

A five-star review from the Scottish Sunday Mail’s Jo Kelly…

23 & 25 November 2009

Taking The Piste!
November 21, 2009, 7:47 pm
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Over the years the Trashcans have appeared on numerous compilations – some good, some not so – but this one from Greece is possibly the worst.

‘Escape’ appears to be an online lifestyle and culture magazine – a sort of what’s on in Greece type of thing. At one stage in it’s history, before going digital, it was accompanied by a free CD like the one below.

‘I’ve Seen Everything’ by the Trashcans is here amongst an amazing mix of artists including New Order, Dodgy, James Taylor Quartet and er, Incognito.

Whoever put this one together was obviously on some sort of medication as I cannae quite imagine myself listening to ISE whilst weaving my merry way down the French Alps.


1996 Polygram Records/Escape Magazine CD372-2 (Greece)

Far Sighted?
November 21, 2009, 11:37 am
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Short sighted is more like it, if you ask me.

spinART Records – in the beginning – sounded like a decent business proposal for the Trashcans. A reputation for signing up-and-coming bands preceded them, with great claims to providing great support to their artists. Artists like The Sunshine Fix, The Dears, Apples In Stereo and of course the Trashcan Sinatras.

But sadly it was not to be and the label went tits up towards the end of 2007. This left most of the bands on their roster without a home, but more importantly, without much-needed finance, whilst Jeff Price (spinART’s founder) escaped relatively unscathed and went on to form another company – no doubt with all the band’s money.

Not the work of a far sighted visionary record label I’m sure you’ll agree. There’s more opinions on this story here and here.

Anyhow, back to the matter in hand. Here’s a promo DVD from spinART which includes the aforementioned artists and has the Trashcans performing ‘It’s A Miracle’ from their live session at KCRW – the DVD of which is available on the deluxe version of fourth album ‘Weightlifting’.

It’s magic.

The credits for the picture below should in fact read ‘…Morning Becomes Eclectic…’

2005 spinART Records (US)

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