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The Wee Stinker

Early Trashcan songs were full of clever wordplay – not that their most recent stuff isn’t – but it was interesting to discover that, ‘The Wee Stinker’, a crossword in Scotland’s Glasgow Herald became the inspiration for some of their lyrics.

Read on to find out more…

22 August 2021 The Herald on Sunday

 



COVER VERSION

The coronavirus lockdown has been unexpectedly fruitful for fans of the Trashcan Sinatras. A new song The Closer You Move Away From Me emerged on the 22 May and more recently the band launched their own Patreon community. For a monthly fee the site offers fans to be patrons of the band and gives access to exclusive and mostly unseen/heard content. It’s another way of allowing the band to continue on their musical journey. You can sign up here.

One event in particular, though, created ripples of excitement through the loyal Trashcan community. Their second album, ‘I’ve Seen Everything’ featured on one of Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess’ #timstwitterlisteningparty – a near-nightly event where bands live tweet their way through the most famous albums of their careers.

The Trashcans asked the fans what album they should listen to and ISE was the popular choice.

On the night of the Twitter ‘party’ the tweets – if you could keep up with them – unearthed some previously unknown gems of information in the recording of the album. Here’s a few highlights…

  • Mike Barson from Madness was booked to play piano on Hayfever but he missed his plane, so Larry Primrose ended up playing it.
  • Pots and pans filled with water and hit with spoons added to the percussion on Worked A Miracle.
  • The Perfect Reminder – Paul’s response to hearing Lou Reed’s ‘Harry’s Circumcision’

A very enjoyable, informative night and a much-needed distraction from the meltdown of lockdown.

Collaborating with Tim Burgess on these listening parties was Ben O’Brien. Ben brought a visual element to the proceedings, initially illustrating a set of scenes of people enjoying the albums. The illustrated albums became so popular he kept going and produced many more.

Here’s his illustration of ‘I’ve Seen Everything’. Magic isn’t it?


2020 Trashcan Sinatras




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