Monday, 25 May 2015

Orange Juice : Rip It Up (poster)


Image : Courtesy of and ©Graeme McNay

As with Factory Records (particularly anything related to Joy Division and New Order) there has been a huge resurgence of interest in bands from the Sound of Young Scotland, Postcard Records era the past few years. Bands like Orange Juice, Josef K, Fire Engines, Scars, and a whole host of others are enjoying a popularity that was distnctly lacking for a few of them in their heyday. Books have been published, exhibitions set up, films and documentaries are arriving in cinemas soon. Of course, most of these bands no longer exist but some continue to record and play under various other guises and line-ups. It's a whole new lease of life that's opened up to quite a few those musicians thanks to a few people who are setting the record straight, filing the facts, -while nostalgia beats its incessant drum and some of us hark back on the days of our long gone and, what seems in some cases, a not so misspent youth.

Thanks to some fans more and more unseen goodies are cropping up every now and then on the net. Today's image comes courtesy of Ayrshire lad, Graeme McNay -who besides cycling appears to be a huge music fan and particularly one of Orange Juice.
Thanks for the image, Graeme. Much appreciated.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Big Gold Dream : Post Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream




An update on Grant McPhee's upcoming feature-length documentary on the rise of Scotland’s post-punk/indie music scene 1977-1985.

An absolute 'must see' for anyone at all interested in the Scottish music scene
'Big Gold Dream'  will debut at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 19th June.



Click here to check out some excerpts from it.




Sunday, 19 April 2015

Orange Juice: Falling and Laughing, Promotional Poster







Orange Juice: Falling and Laughing, Promotional Poster, 1980.
Design by Robert Kelly (© 1980).
Via: SoYS @ Kiltr




Already posted a pic of this poster some time ago (see here) but this fabulous piece of memorabilia is well worth another look.




Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Orange Juice : Out On The Floor Tonight




Orange Juice
'Out on the Floor Tonight' (poster)

Yet another wonderful, unseen(?) item from the Postcard Records' era. This time we have a very rare, I imagine, early days poster for the seven-inch 'Blue Boy / Lovesick' single
(Postcard 80-2) which was released in 1980.

“Out On The Floor Tonight”  - Promotional Poster A1, hand coloured, August 1980.
Design by Robbie Kelly, ©1980.

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This document comes courtesy of and is © of Erik Sandberg/Sound of Young Scotland @ Kiltr




Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Pastels : Spontaneous Happening


Page from the fanzine Juniper Beri Beri (N°2) which features an image of
The Pastels at the 'Spontaneous Happening' that took place 3rd of May, 1983 at the Venue, London.
Also billed were TV Personalities, April Showers, Jowe Head.
n.b. Jill Bryson and Rose McDowall of Strawberry Switchblade on the left.

This fanzine was written mostly by Aggi (the Pastels).

Source: Automatic


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Post-Punk Postcards from Indie-pendent Scotland

From today's The National (Scotland) news on the upcoming feature-length documentary on the rise of Scotland’s post-punk/indie music scene 1977-1985 entitled 'Big Gold Dream.' Should premiere sometime early June.

A second documentary covering the 1986_1994 period will follow in the near future.

The Big Gold Dream - Scottish Post-Punk, DIY And Infiltrating The Mainstream (1977-1985)

Songs From Northern Britain - The Country That Invented Indie Music (1986 - 1994)


Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Sun Comes Up Another Day Begins




The Jesus And Mary Chain


'Never Understand' lyrics.

The first single from the debut album 'Psychocandy' and the band's first release on Blanco Y Negro Records.
Released in February 1985

From Smash Hits, March 28th, 1985

Original image:
courtesy of & ©Brian McCloskey





Sunday, 15 March 2015

They Wear Obscene T-Shirts


In this Jesus and Mary Chain interview in Smash Hits (March 14th, 1985) we learn, among other things, that 'Upside Down' cost a mere £172 to make and that Douglas Hart bemoans the fact that you "just can't get crisps and chips and things like that abroad."

Words by: Chris Heath / Photo: Eric Watson

Original doucument courtesy of and ©Brain McCloskey


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Paul Haig : Justice





Short piece and micro-interview on Paul Haig about the release of his 'Justice' single on Les Disques de Crépuscule in 1983. Article by -later of Pet Shop Boys fame- Neil Tennant.

I think this is from Smash Hits but I'm not sure. Might well be Record Mirror or some other music weekly.

Just been informed (see comment below) that the clipping is from Record Mirror.

Thanks, Anonymous!



Photo: uncredited
Document courtesy of and ©ROL UK / PaulHaig

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Future Past : Orange Juice


Images courtesy of and ©stillunusual
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Well, just when you think that there can't be anymore original documents to be found on 'The Sound Of Young Scotland' something like this turns up on the web.
These A4-size documents are from The Future Past (issue #1) fanzine which was founded in 1981 and created by three chaps going by the names of Martin Peake, Charles McCartan, and Jozsef Balogh; all from Dudley, in the West Midlands region of England. Copies come courtesy of the amazing archive of fanzines and whatnot that Jake (a.k.a. stillunusual ) posts at his Flickr account.

Read below what Jake has to say about the fanzine and the interview with Orange Juice included in it:

"The editorial on page 2 of this early 1980s midlands fanzine proclaims it to be the first issue of a “soon-to-be-famous” magazine. Sadly, that fame was never achieved - in fact I don’t even know if the authors managed to bring out a second issue - but it’s not a bad effort.

There’s an informative interview with Scottish band Orange Juice, which took place before a gig at the Lafayette club in Wolverhampton and includes an interesting anecdote about Pete Shelley, as well as the fact that their song “Blue Boy” is about him. Two years later, after the band had left indie label Postcard (“The Sound of Young Scotland”) for Polydor and achieved a degree of mainstream success, their biggest hit “Rip It Up” also contained a tribute to
Shelley and the Buzzcocks…."

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Coolest Man in the World





"...the kind of pop group fairy tales should written about."


Review from Sounds (circa '82) of Josef K at the Rock Garden, London, by a somewhat over-excited Chris Burkham.


Original Source:
Lisa Bryson

Original Photo: unknown






Saturday, 14 February 2015

The Sound of Young Scotland - Documentaries




In this month's MOJO (February 2015 issue) you can read all about two forthcoming Grant McPhee documentaries highlighting the independent music scene in Scotland from 1977 to 1994. Both films feature interviews and footage of all the important players who take part in all of it.

Watch the trailer for these films at the links below:

The Big Gold Dream - Scottish Post-Punk, DIY And Infiltrating The Mainstream (1977-1985)

Songs From Northern Britain - The Country That Invented Indie Music (1986 - 1994)

 

















Additional information from Sound of Young Scotland @Kiltr :
"Some things you never knew about Postcard Records: photographer Peter McArthur (who took all those amazing Strawberry Switchblade stills) was responsible for the name of the label, and Orange Juice drummer - Steven Daly - coined the phrase: 'The Sound of Young Scotland.' "




Sunday, 11 January 2015

Orange Juice : Ostrich Churchyard ad


Well, first post of this new year is yet another excellent Postcard Records ad for Orange Juice's 'Ostrich Churchyard' album. The recordings featured on this album are what should have been Orange Juice's debut LP, had it been released during the original Postcard Records set up.
Instead, it was issued in 1992 during the revival of "Europe's Only Avant Garde Recording Company." Ad contains a lot of the images featured in the adjoing booklet that came with the album.

More images and information on this album at Sound of Young Scotland here and here

Source & ©pchille
via: lovesick/blueboy



Sunday, 28 December 2014

Postcard Strip-Ad for Blue Boy (reissue)





An ad for Postcard Recordings of Scotland when the the label was resuscitated in the early 1990s.
This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I hadn't binned all my old NMEs and other such weeklies and magazines so long ago. Taken from the NME, 12th of June 1993 this cutting features an ad announcing the forthcoming reissue release of Orange Juice's 'Blue Boy' single and the 'The Heather's On Fire' compilation as well as future releases from Vic Godard, Paul Quinn, and The Nectarine N°9.

Full of rather homoerotic undertones and tongue-in-cheek blurbs it would probably irk some of the politically correct crowd nowadays. Distasteful and sexist they'd say. They'd find it offensive, be indignant for five minutes and then get back to their Caramel Brulée Latte, their smartphones and all the utter bollocks that's on Twitter, Facebook etc. etc.

Anyhow, I wonder what those involved with this ad (i.e. the Postcard artists showcased on it) would have to say about it these days?

Source & ©pchille

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Orange Juice : Falling & Laughing offset litho plates.


Always great to see previously unseen documents from the Postcard era popping up on the web. Here we have an image of the offset litho printing plates used for the artwork on Orange Juice's 'Falling and Laughing' single on Postcard Records (1980). Am sure Mr McClymont has a lot more interesting goodies waiting for the world to see.

From the collection of & © David McClymont.
Source : Shadow-Side

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Orange Juice : 'Bridge' Stickers


Promo stickers for Orange Juice's 'Bridge / Out For The Count' single (1984).
I've no idea if these were given away or were included with any of the various vinyl editions of the 7" and 12" versions. Can't recall finding any with my vinyl. *sigh*

From David McClymont's collection _ ©David McClymont

Source : Postcard Records Fan Page via Lovesick/Blueboy


Thursday, 20 November 2014

What We Wore : 80s Glasgow


"Homemade haircut, yellow PVC shoulder bag, leather coat, probably from Paddy's Market. My Doc Marten shoes were my greatest expense - I think they cost at least £60 then. What I'd pay now for a comfy pair of Clarks” 
Photography ©Stephen McRobbie, courtesy of Annabel Wright
From Dazed & Confused's article on the Glasgow music scene in the 80s. A must-read, must-see for anyone interested in the Sounds of 80s Young Scotland. Stars and fans dig into their archives and share their personal photos from that era.
What We Wore : 80s Glasgow 
Dazed & Confused Magazine




Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Vaselines: V For Vaselines Tour.


Frances McKee, The Vaselines live at Thekla, Bristol (16th November, 2014)

The Vaselines have undertaken a 13-date European tour to promote their new album, V For Vaselines. The band will be setting out on a 13-date North-American tour beginning mid-January comprising of ten dates in the US and three in Canada.

Image courtesy of and ©Tim Ellis

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Simple Minds : New Gold Dream (badge)


https://www.flickr.com/photos/japaneseforms/15608604769/

Image : Simple Minds 'New Gold Dream' badge ©japanese forms

Getting away from the (mostly) Postcard Records stuff that I post for the moment and moving onto other Scottish bands that I've neglected a bit.  Bands like Simple Minds, The Associates, and Teenage Fanclub. Three great bands (at least for a few years for the first two) whom I really liked at some moment in my life. Of course, Teenage Fanclub and Simple Minds are still doing the rounds; the latter having released a brand new album just last month (Oct. 2014), but the much regretted Associates more or less fell apart when Alan Rankine left the band in 1982 shortly after the release of the fabulous 'Sulk' album. Rankine's departure leading to the late Billy MacKenzie more or less embarking on a solo career; albeit under the Associates name, until around 1990. Almost everything released after 1982 paled by comparison to the bands' previous output. A spent force in which; apart from a couple of Mackenzie's later solo efforts, I lost interest. Simple Minds, I lost interest in them shortly after the 'Once Upon A Time' album (1985). I like, and still do, most of the stuff released beforehand. Might have been the fact that they had turned into a stadium rock band, à la U2, that put me off them. I imagine though that it was some other band (more than likely The Jesus And Mary Chain) that had caught my fancy. I'd moved on to other pastures. As for Teenage Fanclub; that's another story which I'll come back to later.

More posts on these bands up soon. (japanese forms)

Friday, 31 October 2014

Postcard from Paradise

Orange Juice pose in their Sunday best. Simon Goddard -9 years before the publication of his book: 'Simply Thrilled: The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records'- gives us the lowdown on The Sound of Young Scotland in and 8-page spread in UNCUT (Take 95) in April 2005. A "definitive guide to early '80s Scottish alternative music" no less.

Image: ©japanese forms
Original Orange Juice photo: ©Tom Sheehan

Other posts on this Uncut feature can be found at SoYS by clicking on 'Uncut' label in the sidebar.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Stephen & Frances in the park.


Stephen McRobbie (The Pastels) & Frances McKee (The Vaselines) in the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow. (circa ?)
Photo by & ©Eugene Kelly - The Vaselines via @Nippy Sweetie

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Postcard 'Factory Sit-In'



Featured above is a very interesting Postcard Records artifact.
It's a handprinted, limited-edition poster for Aztec Camera’s first gig outside Scotland. Gig which took place at Manchester De Ville’s in August 1981.
This image was sent to me courtesy of John Ashton who's selling it on eBay as well as an original Postcard brochure and a fanzine. Items which Postcard sumpremo Alan Horne sent to him 1981. Includes a handwritten cover note by Horne written on the back of a torn off brown Postcard Records record sleeve.

Anyone interested in these items can make a bid at the links below:

Aztec Camera / Jazzateers poster

Postcard Records brochure / fanzine

Image ©John Ashton

 


 


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Edwyn & Paul - Record Mirror, 1984


Two Swamplands era, young lads make the cover of Record Mirror in the july 28th issue 1984. World Class Quiffs, boys.
Big Brother is Watching You.

Image courtesy of and ©Nippy Sweetie

Monday, 13 October 2014

Josef K and Aztec Camera - Valentino's, Edinburgh concert flyer

The Only Fun In Town From Psychotic Reaction.
Josef K and Aztec Camera - Valentino's, Edinburgh August 16th 1981.

Flyer image courtesy of & ©ROL UK/PaulHaig
Original flyer image ©Kevin Low

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Happening Right Then

Image: ©Paul Groovy

Photo of Alex Taylor (shop Assistants) from Paul Groovy's forthcoming 'Happening Right Then' a150+ page hardback book. An exciting publication featuring over 200 colour and black & white photographs taken at  iconic venues such as The Living Room, Room At The Top and The Big Twang between 1983-1985 with many original photos of the Scottish music scene taken by the author himself.

Anyone who wants to help fund Paul's book can do so at IndieGo.

Many thanks to Paul for providing me with a copy of the Alex Taylor photo to illustrate this post.