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

November 3, 2012, 11:08 am
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A couple of years back a good friend asked me whether or not the Trashcans had been immortalised in print.

At the time I had no idea, but after a wee bit of research, I found they’d been mentioned in various books over the years – short stories, novels and the like. You can see the results in this previous post.

‘How To Disappear Completely’ by Troy Nethercott is another book where the Trashcans are given an honorary mention in a short story called ‘A Day In the Life of Martin Wilson’.

Martin writes screenplays in Los Angeles and the story revolves around how his life is affected by those around him, but in particular by the death of his friend, John. Both shared a passion of cult bands like Violent Femmes, Housemartins, Milo Binder and The Trashcan Sinatras.

So there ye go – immortal once again.


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February 7, 2010, 10:32 am
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A friend of mine – who thinks I’ve taken this blog too far – asked me if there has ever been a book written about the Trashcans.

The only one I was aware of, I said, was the AtoZ book by Finn Hartley which I’ve wrote about before.

But his question got me thinking. Apart from the usual discography encyclopedias, have the Trashcans been immortalised in print elsewhere? A quick googling and you’ll find the answer is yes.

Here’s what I found:

In 1993, Luis Alberto Urrea’s “Across The Wire – Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border”, offers a compelling and unprecedented look at what life is like for those refugees living on the Mexican side of the US border.

In 2000, James S. Rich’s “Cut My Hair”, tells the story of a young boy growing up in California and how love and music affects his life.

In 2002, Harry Turtledove’s “Counting Up Counting Down”, a collection of science fiction, fantasy and alternate history tales…

In 2001, A. S. Salinas’ “Songs For Drella and Other Disharmonies”, a collection of science fiction short stories. A dozen tales of lunacy and madness, populated by the usual cast of losers and misfits offering poor role-modeling for today’s youth.

And finally, in 2003, John D. Wells’, “The Barfly Boys” documents the trials and tribulations of four young men in Charlottesville, Virginia trying to keep alive their dreams of rock ‘n roll stardom.

So there you have it, the Trashcan Sinatras really are immortal, thanks to some talented writers.

There was one other book I came across which had something to do with XML computer mark-up language. I didn’t include that one – that really would be taking it too far.

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