Top bands from the past
17 April 2023
Band: ORANGE JUICE
Who: Scottish indie pop group
from Bearsden, Glasgow.
Singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins started the band as the Nu-Sonics
(named after an electric guitar, manufactured by Burns London) back
in 1976 and continued as Orange Juice from 1979 on to their split in
1985, with Collins starting his successful solo career as a performer
and producer soon after.
NME wrote back in 1992: “What was the big deal about Orange Juice? Why do
bands as diverse as The Weddoes, Teenage Fanclub and Prince rave on about them
even now? Why did The Guardian call Edwyn Collins ‘The Scottish Cole Porter’? Probably because of the breathtaking tunes, hopeless bus-stops and bars romanticism, the sense
of humour that never got in the way of the songs and flawed, derailed majesty of it all.
They had raccoon hats, they wore their fringe like Roger McGuinns and they broke up live onstage at the Brixton Academy in 1985 as a tearful Edwyn Collins strummed ‘Rock And
Roll (I Gave You All The Best Years Of My Life)’. There were few bands more human than
Albums: You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever (1982), Rip It Up (1982),
Texas Fever (mini-LP, 1984) and The Orange Juice (1984).
Gone but not forgotten,
3 top moments.
– FALLING AND LAUGHING –
– RIP IT UP –
(Their only top 10 UK hit)
– WHAT PRESENCE? –
ORANGE JUICE: History
Great 7″ singles from the past
28 February 2023
Band: ORANGE JUICE (Glasgow, Scotland)
Active: 1979-1985 / 3 LPs
Single: RIP IT UP
Written by frontman Edwyn Collins.
It was the 2nd single from
their same-titled debut LP.
The song peaked at #8 in the UK.
ORANGE JUICE: Bio – Discography
Back in time
17 February 2022
Band: ORANGE JUICE
Who: Jangly indie popsters from Bearsden, Scotland
led by vocalist/songwriter Edwyn Collins who
started a successful solo career afterward
Active: 1979–1985 / 4 albums
Anniversary album: YOU CAN’T YOUR LOVE FOREVER
Released: February 1982 – 40 years ago
AllMusic/Tim Sendra wrote: “Made up of a couple re-recordings of brilliant songs from early singles (“Falling and Laughing,” “Felicity”), cleaned-up versions of songs from the demo, and a few new tracks, the album is a slick, tuneful slice of early-’80s pop that’s catchy and bright, and only slightly overcooked. Both Edwyn Collins and James Kirk could have retired after this album and been secure in the history books as two of the finest songwriters of the era.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: So influential for modern-day jingle-jangle
guitar bands. Indie pop at its effervescent and entertaining best.
Key single: Falling and Laughing
Stream full LP here…
ORANGE JUICE: Story
The other side of the A…
16 September 2020
Band: Orange Juice
B-side: A Sad Lament
A-side: Rip It Up
Released: February 1983
Take the stage and take the plunge
Break a leg or a bust a lung
I’ll disarm those who carry guns
And neutralize their caustic tongues
ORANGE JUICE: Discography
8 March 2020
Band: Orange Juice (Scotland)
Single: Rip It Up – the 7″ single was
available in three different versions
B-sides: Snake Charmer and A Sad Lament
Released: February 1983
Album: Rip It Up – their second LP – released 1982
Score: The band’s only Top 40 hit in the UK, reaching #8
Here’s the original clip…
ORANGE JUICE: Facebook
Great longplayers from the past…
‘You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever’
Release: 1 February 1982
ALL MUSIC wrote: “After leaving Postcard Records and convincing Rough Trade to finance the sessions, Orange Juice ended up signing to Polydor for their 1982 debut album, ‘You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever’. Made up of a couple re-recordings of brilliant songs from early singles (“Falling and Laughing,” “Felicity”), cleaned-up versions of songs from the demo, and a few new tracks, the album is a slick, tuneful slice of early-’80s pop that’s catchy and bright. ‘You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever’ is one of the best examples of early-’80s pop there is. That it’s the one and only album the team of Collins and Kirk made before splitting only makes it all the more essential to own.”
TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s favorite highlight: FELICITY…
Album in full…
ORANGE JUICE: Biography – Discography
When shorts where fashionable…