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


On The Road…Again
March 30, 2011, 11:36 am
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Have van, will travel.

Which is exactly what the Trashcan’s did for their month long acoustic tour in March 2011.

The October 2010 acoustic tour covered parts of the western/southwestern USA, so this recent tour covered much of the rest of the US, including a number of cities the band had never played and cities not played since the 2004/5 Weightlifting tours, including a long overdue return to Toronto, Canada. The full list of dates and setlists can be found here.

The official poster – only 100 hand-numbered prints were made – was designed by the mighty Shane Locke.

March 2011 Acoustic Tour (US)

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Put The Kettle On…
March 28, 2011, 8:42 pm
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Still the only known CD series to include its own coaster as part of every cover package, this Orange Iced Tea volume from 2002 includes a wide variety of musical styles.

More of a soundtrack for lounging about on a lazy Sunday, sipping a wee cup of tea, or something much stronger if you’re that way inclined, it includes from the ’60s (Jack Jones’ “Wives and Lovers”), the ’70s (Jimmie Rodgers’ “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”), the ’80s (the Style Council’s “Down in the Seine”), and the ’90s (the Trashcan Sinatras’ “How Can I Apply”).

What’s pretty cool about this compilation is there doesn’t appear to be a song out of place, it all just seems to hang together – stick it in the old CD player and before you know it your feet will be tapping away, all the way to the end – well, at least mine were.

Other highlights include Manfred Mann’s “Mighty Quinn,” and Chris Montez’s “Time After Time.”

More tea, vicar?

2002 Universal Music K.K. / Victor Entertainment POCE-3008 (Japan)



Lost & Found
March 19, 2011, 2:33 pm
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…were a couple of video compilations released around 1997-98. ‘Official’ bootlegs, they included promo videos, TV appearances, band footage, etc.

Luckily my old VCR is in perfect working order, so it was good to take a wee stroll down memory lane to watch such delights as ‘Hayfever’ on the Beavis & Butthead show, ‘Looking Better Every Beer’ from the Arches in Glasgow, ‘Spooktime’ and who could forget their appearance on Square Meals – the Scottish TV programme which featured the Trashcans at their Shabby Road studios showing off their culinary skills. Magic!

Most, if not all, of these videos – and much, much more – are available on the wonderful YouTube. Click here or here.

Videos Lost…

Videos Found…

Another video compilation was available a year or so earlier. A single video, it included similar content which would eventually appear on the ‘Lost & Found’ set. Thanks to Sharon Linta for sending these over.

1996 – 1998 Videos Lost & Found



I’ve Started Something I Cannot Finish…
March 12, 2011, 10:06 am
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The Smiths Is Dead was compiled by the French art criticism magazine Les Inrockuptibles and released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Smiths’ 1986 album ‘The Queen Is Dead’.

Here’s the 4-track promo cassette which includes the Trashcan’s version of ‘I Know It’s Over’.

1996



First I Take An Apple…
March 5, 2011, 10:43 am
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Preferably an old one. A really old one. One that’s so old, it’ll allow me to play this CD-ROM that was given away free by Creative Review Magazine. (I’m talking about a computer by the way, but you knew that didn’t you?)

Creative Review magazine, or CR as it’s sometimes known, was launched in London in 1980 with the aim of inspiring, informing and stimulating debate in graphic design, advertising, digital media, illustration, photography and all other fields of visual communication worldwide.

The June 1996 edition included four free CD-ROMs, one of which, included a sneak preview of the now infamous TCS short film, ‘Spooktime’, which I’m sure you know all about. If not, you can find out a wee bit more here.

The CD-ROM also gives a brief rundown as to what ‘Spooktime’ is all about…

Fourteen-and-a-half gritty minutes long and with all the narrative clarity of a Glaswegian pub crawl, John MacFarlane’s film is strong on effects if week on plot. The reason is that its script is drawn from song lyrics written by the wonderfully-named Scottish indie band The Trash Can Sinatras. Really it’s a pop promo masquerading as a movie. From aphrodisiac beginning to abrupt conclusion it bounces between a series of crises in the lives of men, women and a mustachioed child whose obsessive attempts to buy a pint of Tennent’s are as puzzling as they are doomed. Audiences south of Berwick-on-Tweed may want to wait for the subtitled version.

June 1996 Creative Review Magazine CD-ROM




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