The Trashcan Sinatras were one of my favorite bands of the early 90s. From the release of their debut album, Cake, it was immediately engaging and demanding of numerous plays. Compared in the beginning to The Smiths (which I often had doubts about), they were noted for their Pop Harmonies, bordering on jangle. But it was the lyrics that did it for me. Well crafted and masterful use of wordplay and dramatic irony, they were several cuts above many bands around this time.
Cake proved to be one of their biggest albums, and the debut single Obscurity Knocks charted well in the UK as well as the U.S. where it stayed in the Hot 100 for two months. It prompted an extensive tour, which is where this BBC session comes from. No exact date and it’s not listed in the John Peel session book, so it must have been one of the other sessions at BBC Radio 1 at the time.
Even though they didn’t duplicate their initial success with subsequent albums, they made an indelible impression on a lot of people, and their work as songwriters certainly proved to be influential over the years.
Luckily for everyone, The Trashcan Sinatras are alive and well and touring as well as recording – their latest album Wild Pendulum was released last year and they are currently on a tour of the U.S. for the entire month of October and into November. Check out their website for dates and locations – they are hitting a lot of cities during this tour and yours may be one of them. I would definitely make a point of catching them. Their website is crammed with information, stuff to buy and updates to know about.
In the meantime, here is one of the earlier sessions by The Trashcan Sinatras from 1990.