Sunday, 2 November 2008

James Kirk (badge)

Orange Juice - Badge
(James Kirk)

Given to Allan Kingdom by someone at Freakbeat Records (Los Angeles). A promotional item for the release of "The Glasgow School" on Domino.

photo © Allan Kingdom

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Wednesday, 29 October 2008

orange juice - together again!

Orange Juice - Music Award

[ via: Stupefaction ]

The legendary Orange Juice are getting back together for the first time in 26 years to receive a top music award.
The band will get together next month to be honoured by Nordoff-Robbins Scotland.
It will be an emotional reunion after singer Edwyn Collins almost died from a brain haemorrhage in 2005.
The charity raises money to fund music therapists and Edwyn benefited from Nordoff-Robbins' painstaking work during his long road to recovery.

Edwyn, 49, said: "I'm very flattered. It's all part of the renaissance of Orange Juice. I have fond memories of the band and am looking forward to seeing them all again."
The original Orange Juice line-up - Edwyn, bassist David McClymont, guitarist James Kirk and drummer Steven Daly - formed in 1979. (More from the Sunday Mail)

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Monday, 29 September 2008

josef k - Sorry For Laughing/Revelation 7"

josef k
sorry for laughing/revelation
twi 023

7" single
Belgium 1981
Les Disques du Crépuscule

3:01    Sorry For Laughing
4:16    Revelation

image © japanese forms

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

orange juice (badge) by kingdoma

orange juice
badge /button

An item of some interest and one of the many photographs you can see at the Sound of Young Scotland group on Flickr.

(Click link below for more).

image © kingdoma
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Friday, 8 August 2008

sound of young scotland (uncut feature)

the sound of young scotland Uncut (feature)
Take 95 - April 2005

Another one of the things I held onto while packing my boxes before moving last year. This magazine -along with all of my vinyl- stayed a whole year in storage as I moved to Scotland then back to France over that period. Anyhow, this issue of Uncut has a great 8-page feature (by Simon Goddard) on all things Postcard and Fire Engines. Also includes lots of photos and a rundown on those 12 original Postcard releases.

image © japanese forms
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Friday, 25 July 2008

josef k - young & stupid

Josef K
Young and Stupid
LTMCD 2307

After all the moving around in the past year I'm finally getting settled down in my new accomodation. Have the chance now to empty some boxes that had been in storage for almost a year and get some more posts up here at SoYS. Today's post is a photograph of the original CD release of Josef K's Young and Stupid on the LTM label. This edition was originally released way back in 1990-91. Didn't realise that I'd had this for so long. A second edition (with different artwork), now deleted, was released on the same label in 2002. You'll have to shop around to find a copy nowadays. Or check out Ebay.

Young and Stupid is a collection of Josef K singles recorded for the Absolute, Postcard and Crepuscule labels between 1979 and 1981.
A comment from Spence (
the winnebago orchestra) allows me to add an update to this post:

- This collection was originally titled Young and Stupid/Endless Soul. It came out in 1987 on Allan Campbell's Supreme International Editions label, along with a 12'' called Heaven Sent featuring the Peel sessions.- (Thanks for the info, Spence).

You can read more on the Heaven Sent release at a previous SoYS post here.

images © japanese forms
sound of young scotland
@ flickr

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Coffee & Orange Juice

Glad to back after a long hiatus following my relocation to France. Hope to be posting more soon.

For today, we have an interesting entry from übercoffee freak djmark1972 to the Sound of Young Scotland pool at Flickr. Here's what he has to say about his post.

"Coffee and Orange Juice. Nobody does the happy/melancholy pop thing quite like the Scottish. Orange Juice would eventually be known best for this song, this compilation features their early stuff from their days on Postcard Records. Good jangly lo-fi, post-punk that points in the direction of the more polished pop sounds that would come from them a bit later."

Saturday, 15 March 2008

paul haig - go out tonight

go out tonight

"Nearly thirty years since he first rose to prominence in Josef K, Paul Haig releases his tenth solo album. Mining the electonica that has characterised much of his solo career, this album -as it's title suggests - focuses on what happens when you go out, in a world of violence, CCTV and crowded nightclubs. "(read more at: 17 seconds)

rhythm of life

Sunday, 9 March 2008

josef k - the only fun in town

Josef K
the only fun in town
postcard records

postcard 81-7
(LP with insert)

Fun 'n Frenzy/Revelation/Crazy To Exist/ It's Kinda Funny/The Angle/ Forever Drone/ Heart Of Song/ 16 Years/Citizens/Sorry For Laughing

josef k

(josef k - only fun in town vinyl detail - © japanese forms)

Friday, 7 March 2008

Edwyn Collins (Smash Hits, 1983)

Orange Juice

Ad featured in an issue of Smash Hits from 1983

Flesh of My Flesh (lyrics)

This post courtesy of fnarf

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(click image to enlarge)

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Postcard Records : The Musical Journey of a Nation

Postcard on TV!

Caledonia Dreaming - Friday 22 February 2008 BBC Four, 9.00-10.00pm

Scotland has produced some of the world’s most original and influential pop music. Caledonia Dreaming charts the musical journey of a nation and the continued influence of the small Scots indie label, Postcard Records.
Unlike Liverpool and London, Scotland of the 1960s and 70s didn’t have much of a home-grown music scene but that all changed in the 80s with the creation of Postcard Records and their iconic ‘Sound of Young Scotland’. From humble beginnings in a tenement flat in the west end of Glasgow, Postcard went on to champion artists such as Orange Juice and Aztec Camera and open doors for bands including Simple Minds, Texas and Altered Images. Caledonia Dreaming highlights Postcard’s continued impact on Scottish pop, inspiring bands like Franz Ferdinand, Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian and Travis, among many others.(more)

Information via : the vinyl villain

Sunday, 13 January 2008

The Motorcycle Boy : Big Rock Candy Mountain

The Motorcycle Boy 
Big Rock Candy Mountain / Room At the Top
Rough Trade (1987)

The Motorcycle Boy formed following the demise of Meat Whiplash -An Edinburgh-based band formed in 1985 and named after a Fire Engines B -side. Meat Whiplash signed and released one Jesus & Mary Chain-produced single on Creation before recruiting lovely blonde Alex Taylor from The Shop Assistants and changing their name to The Motorcycle Boy. The name originating from that of a character in the Francis Ford Coppola movie, 'Rumble Fish' (1983). A character, by the way, played by Mickey Rourke If I remember well, Rourke; still good-looking, was on a roll rolewise at that time. 'Rumble Fish' was also the film that launched Matt Dillon's career. An strikingly visual film shot in black & white and colour with Dennis Hopper in a supporting role and a soundtrack scored by Stewart Copeland (The Police). Dillon went on to star in the fabulous Gus Van Sant movie 'Drugstore Cowboy' among others whereas O'Rourke's career plunged into almost total obscurity only to re-emerge in some excellent cameo roles; such as that of the 'Bookie' in Vincent Gallo's 'Buffalo 66' and particularly in the recent cinema adaptation of Frank Miller's comic book; 'Sin City.' I seem to know more about the movie than about the band, I'm afraid. The Motorcycle Boy; the band that is, later signed to Rough Trade and released one single before moving on to Chrysalis where they released two singles and one album. The band finally called it a day in 1990 after releasing another couple of singles on the Nymphea Pink label. I don't really remember much about this group apart from the fact that Alex Taylor joined them and that 'Big Rock Candy Mountain' got rather good reviews -may have been Single of the Week in NME but I'm not sure. It's also the only disc I ever bought by this band; I probably only picked it up because of the fact that Alex Taylor had joined the band as I quite liked the Shop Assistants at that time.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

The Royal We / 1990s
Not been able to do much posting in recent times. I've been busy setting-up home but the lack of posts is more due to the fact that all of my discs are still in storage. Worse, they'll probably remain there for a good while yet. Anyhow, I recently picked up this split, tribute single by two young Glasgow bands : The Royal We and 1990s covering Orange Juice's 'Poor Old Soul' and Josef K's 'Sorry for Laughing' respectively. As my turntable is also in storage I haven't been able to listen to this as yet. However, and this is why I picked it up in the first place, the artwork, by Stuart White, is great. You can check out all of the artwork here. According to the information -printed on the inside of the fold-over sleeve- both sides were recorded in May 2007 and the disc was mastered by Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub). Some copies may still be available at Monorail or at Hitherto.

Both bands have had albums recently released on Geographic and Rough Trade

The Royal We