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Breakfast time – Orange Juice

Oh how i wish i was young again. Edwyn Collins was 20 years old when this song came out. I remember wishing the same thing at 20. This is a weird song. It starts of expectedly sweet but then descends into some dark discordant where’d-the-song-go part with freeform poetry over it. It was 1980 after all. Orange Juice hadn’t settled yet – hadn’t had the pulp taken out yet, to labour an obvious metaphor. I liked the pulp. I have this record. The diecut brown sleeve version. How the heck did i manage that?

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L.O.V.E. Love

L.O.V.E. Love – Orange Juice

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Falling and laughing – Orange Juice

Quite simply one of the best songs ever written. And it was their first single! It does things to me – things i very much like it doing. Both in the helplessly gooey-inside way Edwyn Collins subdues me as he sings that rising verse, and how gently it drops; and in that i actually GET gooey inside – i respond. And how. The way he sings “…and consequently…” Oooh…

I like the single version more than the album one. There seems to be some debate over which is better. Mostly i like the Postcard version because with their album Orange Juice had everything they needed, production and studio-wise, to aid them to perfection. I like things a little tempered, innocent, less god-like. A sound of a young Scotland asserting itself with its own means.

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Poor old soul – Orange Juice

This marks the third time this song has come up, and if this is the Orange Juice, the one and only one everyone knows, that just makes me look square doesn’t it? I live with “Back with a vengeance much in vogue…” in my head. No more rock’n’roll for you. Yeah…

There’s a newly released Orange Juice discography set on Domino records that i guess i should i refer people to if i am to post complimentary something available and purchasable. I’d buy it, but i don’t think i’d ever listen to it beyond the first, second and sixth discs. Not that i’ve ever given what lies on those other discs and the era of the band covered by them that much of a chance. The DVD would be nice to see. There’s probably a booklet as well. Do Edwyn Collins and the others involved really need my money? There is a version of this song in French on there. Hmm… Birthdays and Christmases.

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Poor old soul – Orange Juice

I missed today, waking up at Peter’s after the best record fair ever! And then i went to work. And now i’ve just got home. Here.

lucie

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In a nutshell – Orange Juice

Shoo-shoo-shoo-shoodoo… Yes, yes, a Scottish band. The sound of young Scotland, even, even though this came out on Polydor Records. Find me a gentler song, i dare you. With this one prerequisite: One with “heartless mercenary” among its lyrics.

donky skin

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Poor old soul – Orange Juice

Scottish bands. I think maybe Edwyn Collins may have my all time favourite singing voice. There’s something about it. His deep, breathy, epiglottal, agonised, tender, croony delivery seems so out of place and disingenuous (especially when coming from some nerd in a guitar band from Edinburgh), but at the same time wholly sincere, affable, fitting, and the perfect tool to convey the Orange Juice ethos of romance and pop music.

It’s political. In a word, it is aspirational – aspiring at all the right places, all the right influences, all the right souls to bare. In the failings of imitation it has become something entirely unique. It can be so intense at times, so desperate, though always playful and always appropriate. I like it so much when he sings too slowly for the music, something i suppose is unavoidable when your mouth works in such a way to produce a noise like this. Perfect. It might take some getting used to but, trust me, it is perfect.

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