Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Pipsqueaks Rip It Up !

Thirty-three years ago today Orange Juice on the cover and featured in a two-page spread by Adrian Thrills in New Musical Express. Here's the cover with a lovely Kevin Cummins pic of Zeke & Edwyn.

"It takes the juice of four musicians to put the sparkle in the refreshing pop tango of Orange Juice. Adrian Thrills unpeels the skin to discover ten segments of success. Pop-pix by Kevin Cummins." 

New Musical Express 23rd April 1983

Document via & courtesy of aly

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Yummy Fur : Plastic Cowboy

The Yummy Fur

3-track fold-out sleeve

Plastic Cowboy / Flapy Clown Disco / Chinese Bookie

Guided Missile (1996)


Artwork :John McKeown
Materials - Pritt Stick, the photocopier at Lost in Music *


"If anyone is gonna lick Steve Lamarq's arse...
They should lick Steve Steve Lamarq's arse like me! "

What is wrong with vulgar PLASTIC COWBOY melody? asks the above before old Wyndham Lewis arrives dressed as a girl and (mouth covered) selling left-wing fascist pamphlets at the FLAPY CLOWN DISCO
"I say it's hip to be alive" claimed Bowie (circa '75) and so does the CHINESE BOOKIE Featuring Tony B and the Pogroms on backing vocals and heroin. ***


*Artwork information courtesy of Brian Beadie

** Engraved in the run out grooves sides A&B

*** Text as printed on the record label

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Two Postcards From Glasgow

Some more from Brian McCloskey's excellent Smash Hits archives series that he faithfully posts every fortnight at Like Punk Never Happened.
This time we have Red Starr's review from April '81 of Postcard Records' lastest releases: Orange Juice's 'Poor Old Soul' featuring Edwyn's "distinctive quavery vocals" and Aztec Camera's "amazingly mature debut," 'Just Like Gold.'
Includes a nice pic of the Aztec boys by Paul Slattery.

From Smash Hits, April 2nd, 1981
Document courtesy of a ©BrianTV

Sunday, 27 March 2016

The Yummy Fur - Policeman

The Yummy Fur

3-track, fold-out sleeve

Policeman / 70's / Car Crash

Guided Missile (1997)


Artwork : Mark Gibbons (The Yummy Fur)

"You Indie-Kids Are Fucking Monkeys"

Back with a wee change from the usual Postcard Records-Orange Juice-Josef K etc.stuff that I've been posting recently. More from that front up soon as I've been accumulating various documents and photos from my usual sources but just haven't had any time to concentrate on doing anything with them.

Anyhow, The Yummy Fur were an indie-rock band from Glasgow, formed in 1992, who had a few years of fame (infamy?) with various line-ups up until they finally split in 1999. Leader, John McKeown went on to form the 1990s.
The band released two albums, one 10" EP and several singles -including the one featured here.

Described on some occasions as Scotland's answer to The Fall, Bogshed or a psychedelic Half-Man Half Biscuit; The Yummy Fur never quite made the big time but were fun while they lasted. More soon.

Policeman review from NME 29th March 1997:
The Yummy Fur are ace, partly because they release new records for different labels every other week, each featuring the latest phase in their ongoing quest to become the psychedelic Half Man Half Biscuit. 'Policeman' posits a valid dilemma for today's counter-culturally aware youth: when junkies are forced by their marginalisation from scoiety to steal video recorders and televisions which serve to educate and enlighten the good people, where do one's sympathies lie? Is the man in blue really always the enemy? Never fear, Da Fur decide: "Oh policeman, I'd love to spend an evening/Snorting cocaine off the stomach of your girlfriend".

Policeman review from Melody Maker 5th April 1997:
Have The Yummy Fur discovered dope? This is very laid-back for them, almost "lazy-beat" - the Bogshed door has finally been closed. "Policeman" is another brilliantly funny product of warped madman/genius John McKeown's fucked-up brain and it's as charmingly erratic as he is.

 P.S. The band's name was taken from the comic book Yummy Fur by Chester Brown.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Greetings Comrades!

Greetings Comrades!

Review of The Fire Engines' "Lubricate Your Living Room" on Pop:Aural, by Red Starr (aka Ian Cranna, possibly) just back from a trip behind the Iron Curtain where "a fine, friendly people suffer from Boney M mania and Abba ailments."

Not so in the UK, where such afflictions were not altogether unheard of, but fortunately could be cured by music by the likes of these Edinburgh lads.

Not only an album "executed with refreshing vigour and a distinct lack of posing" but also one "well worth the £2.49" the punters would be paying for this priceless gem of a disc.

From Smash Hits, 19th of February, 1981

Document courtesy of & ©Brian McCloskey

Monday, 15 February 2016

Kilty Pleasures : Scottish Post-Punk

Kilty Pleasures

Scottish Post-Punk
6-page spread on all things SoYS in Record Collector issue N°449

(January 2016).

Allan Glen tells the story of Scotland's post punk scene. From Postcard Records' Orange Juice and Josef K to The Jesus And Mary Chain via Fast Product, Skids, The Revillos-Rezillos, Simple Minds.

Not one to miss!

Document courtesy of
Scottish Post-Punk

Friday, 12 February 2016

People these days just aren't smiling as much as they should be.

Another gem from Andy at Birmingham_81's treasure trove of artifacts and photographs.

This time we have a poster for an Orange Juice concert at Scamps nightclub, Oxford in May 1981. Andy and a friend also interviewed the band the same evening.

Also, Orange Juice played another show at Scamps in March, '82. Lucky devils they were those Oxford lads and lassies.

Imagine paying £1.75 today. To see any band!

Image courtesy of & ©Andy@Birmingham_81

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Orange Juice : Simply Thrilled Honey promo & press sheet

Some more rather interesting artifacts from Postcard Records that turned up recently on eBay. This time we have a promo copy Orange Juice's 'Simply Thrilled Honey' (Postcard 80/6) and a press release sheet (see below) that went with it.
I can't imagine that there are many of these about so it's easy to imagine that it's a pretty rare item. Not sure how much it went for (I never look at eBay myself); I'm sure that Scottish Post-Punk informed me but I've forgotten exactly how much £££ were paid for them. Bought by some Greek collector/dealer apparently.

Documents courtesy of Scottish Post-Punk

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Orange Juice : Birmingham, 1982

Some exciting photographs of early Orange Juice courtesy of Andy at Birmingham_81. Here we have three pics of the band on stage at the Imperial Cinema, Birmingham, 19th Feb. 1982, and a wee peek at Edwyn and Dave backstage. This would be shortly before the release of the You Can't Hide Your Love Forever album which was released the following month in march '82. Edwyn sporting a snazzy cravat and his usual top class quiff whereas Malcolm looks like he's off to a wedding.

Photographs courtesy of & ©Andy@Birmingham_81

Monday, 1 February 2016

Josef K : It’s Kinda Funny, a vinyl-only collection

Les Disques du Crépuscule presents It’s Kinda Funny, a vinyl-only collection of classic singles by iconic Scottish post-punk guitar group Josef K issued between 1979 and 1982.

As well as the three legendary 45s on Postcard Records (Radio Drill Time, It’s Kinda Funny and Chance Meeting), the album also includes both Crépuscule singles (Sorry For Laughing, Missionary) as well as the original Absolute version of Chance Meeting from 1979. B-side tracks are also included, plus a digital download coupon.

Cover art by Jean-Francois Octave. Outer sleeve printed on matt reverse board. Inner bag features liner notes and archive images by Simon Clegg.

"Josef K were The Sound of Young Scotland, together with Orange Juice, whose guitars were also radiant and brittle, whose rhythms were also scrubbed and blunt, whose vocals were also proud and serious, but who sounded like another group entirely." (Paul Morley)

"Josef K was about the heroic Outsider suavely surfing across the fraught surface of their albino funk fracas. Haig sounds high on anxiety, finding an odd, giddy euphoria in doubt." (Simon Reynolds)

Vinyl LP + download coupon 
Cat No: TWI 022  (13 tracks)
Released: 6 May 2016

LP tracklist:

Side 1:
1. Romance
2. Radio Trill Time
3. It’s Kinda Funny
4. Sorry For Laughing
5. Chance Meeting
6. The Missionary

Side 2:
1. Heaven Sent
2. Revelation
3. Crazy to Exist
4. The Angle
5. Pictures (of Cindy)
6. Final Request
7. Chance Meeting (Absolute version)

Friday, 8 January 2016

Exciting Records From Trendy Places

A wee round up on the exciting releases coming out of Scotland on this day (8th of January) in 1981. A short tour of the burgeoning Scottish music scene with the one and only release by the Australian band, The Go-Betweens on Glasgow's Postcard Records, via Greenock and the Cuban Heels to Edinburgh with the wonderous 'Get Up And Use Me' by Fire Engines and the latest single from Another Pretty Face on the Chicken Jazz label.

Source: Smash Hits, Jan. 8th 1981

Courtesy of & ©Brian McCloskey

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Orange Juice - Postcard Records promo pic

As promised another wonderful item sent to me by Scottish Post-Punk. This time we have a Postcard Records promo shot for Orange Juice. Not at all sure who took the photograph so maybe someone out there could advise me. Item acquired by Scottish Post-Punk from Akiko Hada who appears to have been a keen collector of Postcard Records artifacts.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Sound of Young Scotland

Been a bit busy over the past few weeks and haven't had much time to take care of business here at SoYS. Will have a couple of new posts up soon.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Singalong with Orange Juice

Poor Old Soul by Orange Juice on Postcard Records.

Another excellent clipping which comes by way of Steve MacNamee's collection of memorabilia, press cuttings, and other tasty artifacts from the Postcard Records era.

This clipping features a photograph of the band by Harry Papadopoulos and the lyrics to the 1981 'Poor Old Soul' single.

Not quite sure where this from: could be Record Mirror, or Sounds, or any one of the numerous music papers that existed back then.
Maybe someone can fill me in?*

Anyhow, thanks, once again to Steve MacNamee for this document. More fom his treasure chest up soon.


*I'd like to thank Peter Clark for letting me know (via comments) that this is from Smash Hits 61 issued on the 2nd of April 1981

Friday, 20 November 2015

The Spottiest Group in Rock

An interesting snippet to read on the recent 30th anniversary release of this landmark album. Review of The Jesus And Mry Chain's 'Psycho Candy' by William Shaw in Smash Hits, 20th of November, 1985.
Spotty, noisy, Scottish brats, indeed!

Image courtesy & ©Brian McCloskey

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Josef K : Postcard Records promo pic

Another wonderful item sent to me by Scottish Post-Punk. This time we have a Postcard Records promo shot for Josef K. Photograph by Harry Papadopoulos. This item, like the one beforehand (Postcard Records 1981 press release ), was acquired by Scottish Post-Punk from Akiko Hada who lived in London in the early 80's and was a friend of the late Annick Honoré (co-founder of Les Disques Du Crepuscule and Factory Benelux). Akiko appears to have been a keen collector of Postcard Records artifacts by the look of it.

Next up will be an Orange Juice Postcard Records promo shot from the same era.

Image & ©Scottish Post-Punk

Friday, 6 November 2015

Postcard Records 1981 press release

Yet another Postcard Records artefact sees the light of day once more. This time it's a press release from 1981 for the release of Josef K's 'Chance Meeting' single.

Alos includes an 'Other Happenings' section which fills us in on all that is, ahem, happening on the Postcard front.

Highly amusing last paragraph.

All the above is true.

Akiko Hada who lived in London in the early 80's and was a friend of the late Annick Honoré (co-founder of Les Disques Du Crepuscule and Factory Benelux).

Scottish Post-Punk

Image : ©Scottish Post-Punk

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Pastels : Slow Dazzle N°5

The Pastels feature as cover stars on the stapled-together fanzine Slow Dazzle. A magazine named after a John Cale song and which you could acquire all for the princely sum of 30pence! An excellent fanzine put together by Chris Davidson. This is the cover of the 5th and penultimate edition of the Greenock based fanzine

You can see this as well as lots of other previously unseen photographs in 'The Bag I'm in: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960-1990'. Sam Knee's follow-up book to the excellent, 'A Scene In Between' .
Available now.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Sam Knee : The Bag I’m In

Bobby Gillespie of The Jesus and Mary Chain / Primal Scream in a 60’s patterned anorak in 1985. Photo taken by and ©Chris Davidson.

Following up on the excellent A Scene In Between and the sartorial treasures of an era covering Postcard Records, Creation, C86, etc. Sam Knee has curated another collection of unseen photographs from fans and band members for his new book The Bag I'm In: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960-1990

Get it down on your shopping list now!

Read more about this forthcoming book at Glasgow Music City Tours 


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Paul Haig : Les Disques du Crépuscule tapes

Well yesterday was once more Cassette Store Day. Not nearly as big as event as Record Store Day has become but one than seems to be gaining impetus as the format (doomed to disappear completely) makes a (sort of) comeback. Anyhow, I didn't pick up any tapes myself but was glad to receive the above pic which Postcard aficionado, Graeme McNay sent me. I don't recall ever having seen a Paul Haig tape but Graeme has managed to acquire two of them.
The 5-track 'The Only Truth' tape was released on Island/Les Disques Du Crépuscule in 1984; whereas the 'Warp of Pure Fun' tape, which appears to be pretty rare (it isn't listed at Discogs), was released apparently only in Belgium in late 1985 at the same time as the vinyl version.

Wouldn't mind at all if the recently revived Les Disques du Crépuscule reissued these tapes.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Orange Juice : I wish I was a Postcard

Orange Juice's 'Felicity' flexidisc.

One-sided flexidisc originally given away with the first 1000 copies of the debut Orange Juice single ("Falling and Laughing" Postcard 80-1) but also available separately from Postcard. Some copies were also given away with the Ten Commandments fanzine. Plain white sleeve hand-stamped with Postcard's drumming kitten logo.
Recorded, like the 'The Felicity' Flexi Session tape, by Malcolm Ross on a cassette at one of the band's early shows at Teviot Row Edinburgh on April 21st 1979.

From the Steve McNamee collection. Image courtesy of & ©Steve McNamee

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Orange Juice : Original artwork (1)

Some very exciting images of orignal artwork for a few Orange Juice releases have been forwarded to me by Scots post-punk. they belong to one Steve McNamee who picked them up for a song (indeed!) an an auction a few years ago. This one features the artwork for the 'Two Hearts Together / Hokoyo" single that was released in 1982. Artwork by Pete Watson.

More up soon.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Teenage Superstars : Sound of Young Scotland 2

Teenage Superstars:
The Sound of Young Scotland 2

The first preview of the second feature film in the 'Sound of Young Scotland' story

Grant McPhee and the producers of the recent 'Big Gold Dream' follow it up with another documentary/film on the thriving music scene in Scotland.

This time the focus is on the many great bands that appeared in the wake of the demise of Postcard Records and the rise of 53rd & 3rd and Creation record labels.

Catch the link for the trailer below for some insight of the upcoming film.

Teenage Superstars

Orange Juice, Bungalow Bar, Paisley 1980

The hits just keep on coming!
Another priceless document from the golden age of Postcard Records and of Orange Juice.

This one comes courtesy of
On The Verge of Want
who captured this excellent photo of Edwyn Collins at the Bungalow Bar in Paisley (Scotland) way back in June 1980.

If my sources are correct; other Postcard bands of that era, Josef K and The Go-Betweens, were on the same bill on what must have been a great night out.

Image courtesy of and ©
On The Verge of Want

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Falling & Laughing (Original cover photograph)

I really can't thank enough @Scots Post-Punk for all the amazing photos and documents that turn up on his Twitter timeline -and which he always makes sure to post to me as well. This time we have the original photo of
Edwyn Collins, James Kirk and David McClymont that was used for the cover of Orange Juice's debut single, 'Falling and Laughing' on Postcard Records in 1980.

The photograph is by Peter McArthur and I believe, though I'm not really sure, that it's part of David McClymont's personal collection of Orange Juice artefacts.