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

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

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

Promo People
April 22, 2010, 8:32 pm
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People. There’s millions of us. We go about our business everyday, sometimes happily, sometimes not but we’re mostly all, oblivious to others around us.

But one sunny autumn Sunday afternoon, John Douglas captured a few minutes of joy on his trusted old Super8, that would eventually become the official video for ‘People’, the second single from the Trashcan Sinatras album ‘In The Music’.

It’s filmed in Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Nagoya and Buchanan Street, Glasgow, where by chance two girls were giving free hugs to the punters of Glasgow. John happened to be in the vicinity and captured it for us all to see.

The hug girls, Olivia and Katherine, were eventually tracked down sometime after the video was made and were guests of honour at the two Brel acoustic gigs in November of 2009.

Great story. Great tune .

Here’s Olivia and Katherine (although I’m not sure who’s who)

November 2009 Lo-Five Records

His Master’s Voice
March 13, 2010, 10:39 am
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…is, as you know, commonly known as HMV – an international entertainment retail chain and one of the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom and Canada.

Walk in to any store and you’ll hear all kinds of music spinning on the in-store jukebox.

If you walked in around May 1993, however, you’d probably have walked straight back out again, judging by what was playing on this in-store promo video.

Included here is the promo video for The Trashcans’ single ‘I’ve Seen Everything. Others include M People, Oceanic, Stereo MCs and Dinosaur Jr – who at a push, would be the only other artist to receive pass marks.

1993? – it was all a big mistake.

Look very closely and you’ll see Mr Livingston trying to cheat at cards.

29 May – 19 June 1993 HMV Instore Promo

Charles, At Last
February 10, 2010, 8:45 pm
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The Prince Charles Cinema is located in the West End of London and showcases cult, arthouse, and classic films alongside Hollywood blockbusters.

The cinema has achieved a cult status amongst fans, sticking out as the only independent cinema in the West End.

So it was quite appropriate that the Trashcans very own movie ‘Spooktime’ should be premiered at such a prestigious venue. As I’ve written before, this was the band’s 15 minutes of movie fame which took us all on a wee trip into Glasgow’s seedy gutter.

Thanks to Michael Rose – aka Marblehead Johnson – for sending through his invitation.

23 April 1996

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