Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Friday, 14 September 2012

primal scream : gentle tuesday 12" ep


image ©japanese forms

A wee change from Orange Juice; who have been featured in quite a few recent SoYS posts. Here we have one of Primal Scream's early singles on the short-lived Elevation Records label. The band released this one plus the 'Imperial' single; as well as their debut (and dreadful) album 'Sonic Flower Groove' -from which the two singles were culled-  on that label before going back to Creation . The distribution and financial deal between Alan McGee and WEA collapsing due to lack of sales. Something that is understandable. If anyone has given the Byrds-influenced 'Sonic Flower Groove' album more than a cursory listen they'll know what I mean. As for this EP; it's not too hot either. At the time of its release I was a sucker big fan of the band and of Creation in general. I'd snap up anything that could be found at local or nearby record stores; particularly if it was by a Scottish band, and, believe me, where I lived, this sort of vinyl was pretty hard to find. Anyhow, I still have it but it's doubtful that it'll be on the turntable often. On the other hand, the artwork and Mike Laye photography are very nice indeed. So good you can almost hear those leather breeks they're wearing squeaking in the background. japanese forms


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

orange juice (4 EPs)


image ©japanese forms

Well, as promised in the previous post, I've been going through my vinyl storage boxes and have managed to dig out some of my Orange Juice vinyls. Haven't found, so far, all of the OJ discs that I possess but this will do as a start. Here we have 4 of the bands 12" EPs released on Polydor (except for the 'Felicity' ep which was a Postcard / Polydor release - it carries the Postcard "drumming kitten" logo on both the sleeve and labels). Sleeves are still in excellent condition and the vinyl is mint on all four. I really like the artwork on the 'Bridge' and particularly the Alwyn Clayden & Paul White artwork on 'Felicity' - looks so much better than portraits used on the other two. Mind you, Edwyn's quiff on 'What Presence' is a gold medal winner in the World Class Hair category. More up soon. japanese forms

Saturday, 1 September 2012

orange juice postcard (?)


Another find on the net. Supposed to be an Orange Juice postcard for the "You Can't Hide Your Love Forever" album. Can't recall this at all unless it was some kind of promotional thing. I copied the image from some Tumblr page* but, as usual, there was no information about its origin attached to the post. If anybody can help me out, I'll be glad to have any information on this. Anyhow, I'll be getting back to posting some original pics soon -notably a whole series of Orange Juice 12" singles that I've finally gotten out of the box that they've been stored in since my time in Glasgow in 2007-2008. japanese forms


 *Lots of people on Tumblr have been "borrowing" my own Sound of Young Scotland Flickr images for ages. It's next to impossible to prevent this on the web so its no real gripe as I occasionally "borrow" a pic too. Difference is that I always try to find out who took the photo and give it its credit if possible. It-really annoys me that there are assholes who "steal" my photos and post them as their own !

photo : source unknown

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

the wake (with bobby gillespie on bass)


photo : source unknown

A rather interesting find on the net; a photo of The Wake with Bobby Gillespie on bass (far right) in the very early 80s probably. I must admit that The Wake wasn't a band that I really got into but I did invest in a few of their recordings which came out on Factory and Factory Benelux way back then. I still have them so I suppose I'll get them out; give them a spin for reappraisal. You can learn all about the band at James Nice's very excellent LTM Recordings - to say that that label is a true goldmine is a bit of an understatement in my mind - and you can pick up the latest news and infos on them at their blog Is There A Working Cable? The band recently released the very fine 'A Light Far Out' album, on the above-mentioned LTM label and it's certainly well worth checking out. As for Bobby Gillespie... No idea what he's up to right now; apart from the recent supporting slot at Heaton Park with The Stone Roses, but I suppose another Primal Scream disc is in the pipeline and will see the light of day sometime. japanese forms

The Wake @ Soundcloud

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

the vaselines : dying for it



A very young Frances McKee let's it rip. From the mid-late '80s. (Source unknown)



Wednesday, 8 August 2012

paul morley interviews orange juice (1980)

Paul Morley interviews Orange Juice; NME October 1980
(click right to open in a new tab and read)

Thursday, 5 July 2012

josef k : on stage


josef k in action
onstage at valentinos, edinburgh, sunday 16th august,1981
©hershcell hershey

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

aztec camera : today east kilbride, tomorrow the world



Thought I'd make a spoof tape to go with the previous post. Turned out rather nice.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

aztec camera : incredible demo tapes



There's an amazingly high amount of dross posted on Tumblr but sometimes you'll find something of interest. The person who posted it at Tumblr gave no indication as to what it was or who did this but after a couple of minutes on Google I found out that it was apparently done by this guy...  An interesting piece of work.

Source : andy2519

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Edwyn Collins (by Harry Papadopoulos)











Edwyn Collins
Orange Juice








image: ©Harry Papadopoulos


Friday, 20 April 2012

orange juice : two hearts together 7"



orange juice
two hearts together / hokoyo
polydor records (1982)
posp 470


7" single version

As promised in the previous post here's a photo of the 7" version of Orange Juice's "Two Hearts Together" single.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

orange juice : two hearts together / hokoyo 10" single








































photo : david crausby  (all rights reserved © david crausby 2012)

orange juice
two hearts together / hokoyo
polydor records (1982)
pospt 470


This post features the cover of the 10-inch version of Orange Juice's excellent "Two Hearts Together" recording. This was their second release for Polydor but on the band's own imprint label; Holden Caulfield Universal - named after the hero of "Catcher in the Rye". You can catch a glimpse of the 7-inch version here -I'll post a copy of this photo later. Same artwork was used for both formats.

Monday, 16 April 2012

postcard records : 80-2



orange juice
love sick / blue boy
postcard records (1980)
80-2


first presing with hand-coloured, fold-out poster sleeve and blue labels
(see reissue version here)

Friday, 17 February 2012

postcard records 81-5 : josef k - chance meeting/pictures






postcard records 81-5 
josef k
chance meeting / pictures
1981


image: ©japanese forms

A bit hard to believe that I've had these legendary Postcard Records discs for over 30 years now and that they're still all in almost pristine condition. I'm also glad that I've kept them as they are true artifacts of a byegone era... and from a period where the very idea of an MP3 would have been considered as nothing but pure science fiction or the figment of someone's deranged imagination. How times change.
I've already posted photos of most of the Postcard singles at Flickr but they were done some time ago and I thought they deserved a re-post and of a better quality as the original posts aren't really that good. Anyhow, although far from "propfessional" this series of shots, not in any particular order, looks far better than those I posted back in 2005-2007. Expect some more soon. japanese forms

Saturday, 14 January 2012

postcard records badge(s)





























This post is in reply to a recent comment (about this badge) made by a visitor... A visitor (Brian Hull?) who correctly pointed out that the badge in the above link was neither an original nor an "official" Postcard Records one. So here are a couple of examples of the original, official badges. One with a black background and one with a blue background. The black one is still intact, and in mint condition, whereas the blue has unfortunately developed some sort of stain... I imagine some rainwater infiltrated it when I wore it (for years) on my denim, Levis jacket back in the day. Unlike the denim jacket, which wouldn't possibly fit me nowadays, I've kept these badges for what must now be at least 30 years. Authentic and true artefacts of the wonderful but too short Postcard era. japanese forms

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

what presence ! - rock photography by harry popadopoulos






If you're living in Glasgow or if you'll be visiting the city between 17th December 2011 - 25th
 February 2012 be sure to catch the exhibition of Harry Popadopoulos' photos being held at Street Level Photoworks situated in the Trongate part of the city. Features photographs of Aztec Camera, Edwyn Collins, Orange Juice -in their heyday, Postcard Records era- as well as lots of other very fine rock photography.




Many thanks to Nancy ( a Flickr friend in New York) for informing me about this exhibition.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

from the darklands



from the darklands, originally uploaded by japanese forms.
As usual, I haven't been updating this blog very much lately... Surprising because I really have a lot of items that I should add to it... Anyhow, here's at least one post for now... A ticket stub from a Jesus and Mary Chain concert that I went to see in 1987, in Antwerp, Belgium. Hopefully I'll add some more stuff in the coming weeks...

Saturday, 23 April 2011

edwyn collins : hope and despair (tape)


Tape cassette of Edwyn Collins' great 1989 'Hope and Despair' album. I've hade this (as well as the vinyl version) ever since it came out; cassettes were great (for then) in car listening pleasure and I used to buy lots of them. Still have numerous tapes: you can check some of them out here. japanese forms

Friday, 11 February 2011

the vaselines : sex with an X

the vaselines : sex with an X
45 rpm single / sub pop (2010)
sp 901

photo: wattie cheung
design: jeff kleinsmith

Sorry, folks but I've been severly neglecting this blog and have not been updating it enough. I really must take some time out and post and update more often. Anyhow, post featured here involves the latest single by The Vaselines -who also released an album with the same title: Sex With An X, on SubPop late last year. I must admit that I wouldn't have bought this if I hadn't come across it in a small independent record store the other day; a store that opened (hip, hip hooray!) just a few weeks ago apparently and that I'd never been to. Sounds like the usual Vaselines stuff of yesteryear to me... Which doesn't mean that it's bad but I rather tend to steer clear of bands that reform decades after breaking up. For followers, fans and faithful only. That's why I bought it; I suppose. Nice cover art. japanese forms


Monday, 6 December 2010

postcard records tribute (flyer)

Flyer for a Postcard Records Tribute Night held at Mono (Glasgow) in October 2007.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

postcard records (badge)


Postcard Records -
Badge / Button


First version of a series of badges featuring Postcard Records designs.
japanese forms





photo: ©japanese forms



sound of young scotland at flickr

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Monday, 8 November 2010

orange juice - coals to newcastle (guardian preview)


Orange Juice -
Coals To Newcastle (Boxset)
Released today.
Domino


photo: ©domino

You can listen to 18 tracks from the Orange Juice boxset -released today 8th. of November- at the Guardian online. Follow this link.
japanese forms





sound of young scotland at flickr

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Thursday, 4 November 2010

aidan john moffat : ten short songs for modern lovers

aidan john moffat
ten shorts songs for modern lovers
7" mini vinyl LP (10-tracks on a 45 rpm single format)
limited to 1000 copies
chemikal underground (2010)
chem147

artwork / design : aidan john moffat
photography : unknown

Excellent new single (or ultra-mini LP) from former Arab Strap vocalist, Aidan John Moffat. Ten tracks in total, all of which fit onto two sides of a 45rpm 7” single. With a total running time of around nine minutes the ten songslargely deal with issues surrounding love, romance and sex. All delivered in Moffat's own inimitable style. Comes in a superb 60s style ep sleeve. one2zero

Available from Chemikal Underground in a limited edition of 1000 copies.

Download version also available.

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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

teenage fanclub - star sign 12" promo



teenage fanclub
star sign
12-inch ep

promotional copy


I obtained this disc under the same circumstances as the previous TFC promo of The King album
. Actually, I have two copies of this one (I don't know why); both are still in mint condition. As with most Creation Records promo discs from that era it comes in a plain white generic Creation promo sleeve which sports the label logo on the front and the mention: A Creation Records Product. Printed on the back of the sleeve it has: Promotional Copy Only and the label's address. Band name, track titles and catalogue number are printed on one side only of the white label. I don't know if there are many of these about but I imagine it must be on the wishlist of any true TFC collector. one2zero


this side: star sign / heavy metal
other side: like a virgin / star sign (demo version)

creation records (1991)
cre 105 tp

Teenage Fanclub have just released a brand new album.

Teenage Fanclub - Wiki