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

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November 5, 2009, 8:57 pm
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Here’s the official programme from the 1990 Reading Festival.

1990 was the second year under the Mean Fiddler banner and the Trashcans were in fine company alongside bands like The Fall, The Cramps and The Pixies with Faith No More and Janes Addiction there to satisfy the headbangers (although Janes Addiction did not perform as Perry Farrell lost his voice).

The headliners might not inspire much joy in todays context, but at the time the Inspiral Carpets were riding high in the charts in the UK and both the Pixies and the Cramps had very strong UK followings, with both bands being far more popular abroad than they were in their home country.

Compared to Glastonbury in 1990, the Reading Festival was still relatively minor league although attendance figures did peak at around 40,000 when the Trashcans took to the Mean Fiddler stage on Saturday 25 August – ahem!


Here’s what the programme says:

If the name of this five piece band from Irvine in Ayrshire makes you brace yourself for some kind of thrash metal onslaught then you can relax.

Their winsome wistful tunes evoke the pitiful aura of a big soul in a small place with his/her eyes permanently fixed to unattainable horizons.

The title track of their debut EP ‘Obscurity Knocks’ conjures up just such a mood with its lush spacey sounds courtesy of producer John Leckie and guitar licks worthy of an honorary fellowship to the Johnny Marr College of axemanship.

Said EP and the release of their first LP ‘Cake’ on Go Discs has had some critics hailing them as the beginning of a new dawn for Scottish pop and comparing them positively with the glorious heyday of Postcard Records (remember Aztec Camera and Orange Juice) ten years ago.

Their word skills and toon talents are not in dispute but after the first flurry of acclaim has died down only time will tell if they have really inherited Frankie boy’s genius.

readingfest_03readingfest_021990 Reading Festival 24, 25, 26 August

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