It’s a long way from sunny Irvine to Hollywood, but he made it.
I’m talking about Irvine in Scotland of course, as that’s where this little story started. Many, many years ago Paul Livingston was in the year below me at school (his older brother was in my class) and I got to know him through a couple of my mates when he became a member of a local band, The Shock Club (terrible name).
As with most bands in Irvine at the time, they started off as a covers band, playing as many gigs as pubs and community centres would allow them. The Shock Club didn’t play too many gigs. In fact before their final gig in Kilmarnock they had already changed their name to Hectic Circus (another terrible name). It wasn’t that they weren’t good enough, just that Paul had the chance to join another upcoming local band.
So a few others and I joined Paul one evening when he went along to Castlepark Community Centre to meet Messrs Reader and Douglas, who were playing that night. Forgive the cliché, but the rest, as they say, is history.
So when this sticker popped through my letterbox, I thought, “…he’s finally made it…” What could be better than your own wee sticker? Better than a No.1 single? Aye!
Inspired by drunken screams of “MORE PAUL!” at the 2010/11 Portland house parties, Shane Locke decided to design and produce this sticker – more as a joke – and apparently the band (and Paul) loved it.
The boy done good indeed 🙂
Here’s the promo poster – designed by Nick Durham – for the Trashcan’s performance at The Loft in Dallas, Texas, during the March 2011 Acoustic Tour.
Those Frank Sinatra afficionados among you will of course recognise that Nick has used an image from the Sinatra and Doris Day film, ‘Young At Heart’. Nick is a friend of Salim Nourallah, who supported TCS on the night. You can find out more about both Nick and Salim here and here respectively.
There wasn’t too many of these posters produced, so thanks to Carla Elliott and Shane Locke for sending one through.
Interesting side note: The band’s recent online ‘volunteers for brass duties’ campaign had its first success at this gig. They were joined onstage by Steve and Scott (sorry, don’t have their surnames) and those lucky enough to be in attendance got to hear the brass arrangement of 1993 song ‘I’ve Seen Everything’ live onstage.
Auld blue eyes…
4 March 2011 Acoustic Tour (US)