Orange Juice Get Ready To Start Again

Please enjoy this clip of the fine Scottish pop outfit Orange Juice playing “Rip It Up” in honor of their impending reunion, which will take place when the band–and lead singer Edwyn Collins, who suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2005–is honored by the UK music-therapy outfit Nordoff-Robbins in Scotland next month. The whole idea of Collins even playing music again seemed like a very distant possibility three years ago, and this is kind of an amazing coda to his recovery. Also, Collins’ piece for The Guardian about his therapy, and how it was aided by drawing birds, caused a bit of a tear to form in my eye. [ / Guardian / YouTube; HT Eddy]

  • Anonymous

    Is that the “Never Met a Girl Like You Before” guy?

  • joshuaryan

    I really enjoyed the Glasgow School, the reissue of their early singles/Ostrich Churchyard album. I picked it up on a whim this summer and it was my favorite purchase of the year. The two part “Intution Told Me So” gets me every time. And lovely packaging to boot.

    And yes, he is that “a girl like you” guy from the late 90s.

  • moomintroll

    @2ironic4u: Yep.
    Orange Juice are such an underrated band. One of Scotland’s finest!

  • moomintroll

    Not to bogart the comments or anything but I just watched the video and, wow! Is this from TOTP? I love the dance moves. They are literally ripping up stuff! Fantastic.
    I also just realized that Jens Lekman totally rips off Edwyn Collins. Edwyn had that whole “fake falsetto while singing sarcastically about life” thing going on almost 30 years ago.

  • Tiny Banquet Committee

    I am thrilled to bits by this news!
    fyi their original guitar player — James Kirk — put out a way underrated solo album in 2003. It’s got an alternate version of the OJ “Felicity,” which he wrote. Definitely worth a listen.

  • Tiny Banquet Committee

    I meant “the OJ song . . .” — obvi I am too thrilled to type . . .

  • burningstreets

    lip-synching is so post-punk

  • Anonymous

    @moomintroll: Thanks. I would always get him mixed up with the guy from White Town (remember that song “Your Woman”?)

  • How do I say this … THROWDINI!

    @2ironic4u: Ha. “Your Woman” is a great song, and my first iTunes purchase. Sometime within the last couple of years I came across a couple of new White Town songs on a blog some where. Not too bad actually.

  • Thierry

    I wish someone would upload to Youtube his performance of “A Girl Like You” feat. Bernard Butler on the White Room – it was one of my favourite things ever in 1996. In fact, I think I’m going to go look for my cassette of songs from The White Room that came free with an issue of Q…

  • amyk

    I work w/ people that have had strokes – this is such a great article to give them. For once I can relate the silly music that I listen to all day with what they’re going through. I will make them Orange Juice fans yet!

  • tristax

    Who else could make an anthem out of the line “I’ll never be man enough for you”?

  • westartedthis

    i’m fond of saying “You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever” is the best record of the 1980s, though it probably isn’t true.

  • mike a

    @moomintroll: You can pretty much trace the entire history of indiepop to Orange Juice. I’m amazed that they’re actually reforming with the original members!

  • Poubelle

    @westartedthis: Probably isn’t that far from the truth, though.

    That Guardian piece was quite touching, and I’m happily amazed to hear there’ll be an OJ reunion.