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

○   ○   ○   ○   ○   ○   ○   ○   ○   ○   ○   ○

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.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

"Streets ahead of most of the competition..."

Praise for the Postcard singles; 'Lovesick' & 'Radio Drill Time' respectively for Orange Juice and Josef K in Smash Hits.

From Smash Hits, September 4 - 17, 1980.
Courtesy of & ©Brian McCloskey.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Orange Juice : Irritation

Label detail from Orange Juice's 10-inch, 'Irritation' EP which came with initial vinyl copies of the 'Ostrich Churchyard' vinyl in 1992 (DUBH 922). I only have the CD version of this album so I missed out (*sigh*) on this when it was released.

Some written details on the label:

Sound recording using "new" Irritation Disc System.

An impersonational performance

1000 Limited Edition free with "Ostrich Churchyard" September, 1992

All rights reserved unauthorized copying public performance and/or if you want just steal, sample or rip it off!

...Part 23 in which the Sound of Young Scotland grow older disgracefully.

Listen to 'Irritation' at Soundcloud 

Image courtesy of and ©Duncan Lee

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Josef K : Japanese 3-inch promo.

Rare live Josef K 3-inch CD promo disc and postcards from Century Records, Japan to tie in with the release of the CD 'Sorry For Laughing & Rare Live' in 1993.

Century also released 'Chance Meeting - The Best of Josef K' as well as 'The Only Fun in Town' and the 'Young & Stupid' compilation.

Images source : ScotsPostPunk

Friday, 21 August 2015

Bootleg Orange Juice Tapes : Demos, Live, & Peel Sessions

Some more fine stuff from Graeme McNay's Sound of Young Scotland artefacts. This time it's his collection of Bootleg Orange Juice tapes that include pre-release demos, live sets, and Peel Sessions. Very nicely packaged some of them are too. Wonder if he's going to upload them one day? Here's hoping!

Images : Courtesy of and ©Graeme McNay.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Josef K & Orange Juice @ Plan K, 1980

In December, 1980  Josef K and Orange Juice went to Brussels at the invitation of Les Disques du Crépuscule for a New Year's Eve show at, former sugar refinery, Plan K.
Apparently 2000 people attended this show; also broadcast live on Belgian radio. I wonder if the recording still exists?

While in Brussels, Josef K recorded their excellent  'Sorry For Laughing / Révélation (TWI 023) single for Les Disques du Crépuscule.
The single was recorded at an 8-track studio in Brussels on January 2nd, 1981 and was released in March the same year.

Jean-François Octave

Image Source: ScotsPostPunk

Thursday, 16 July 2015

D'un échantillon de marchandises

Artwork for a joint release of a sampler CD of Postcard Recordings Of Scotland by Summershine Records of Melbourne, Australia in 1993. Comes in a cardsleeve and features tracks Paul Quinn, Orange Juice, The Nectarine N°9, and Vic Godard. Wonderful artefact from the early 90s Postcard Records revival.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Orange Juice : Haçienda, Manchester

Some fine, vintage shots of Orange Juice (Malcolm Ross -left- Edwyn Collins -right top & bottom), bought on Ebay and of which copies were kindly sent to me by Scots Post-Punk. According to the eBay seller the photos were taken by David Cawley or Graham Stirling at The Hacienda, Manchester in either June 1982, or on 4 April 1983. The previous owner is not sure of the date when the pics were taken but as he was at both shows he thinks either or both of the two photographers were present at the same gigs.

The seller also has a tape of the 1983 gig which he intends to sell on eBay one of these days. Scots Post-Punk informed me that the tape hasn't showed up on eBay for the time being so keep your eyes peeled.

Friday, 3 July 2015

A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

This must have been some night; Scars, The Associates, Fire Engines, and Josef K all on one bill at Valentino's in 1980!
Must have brought a tear to old Frankie's blue eyes.

Source: @ScotsPostPunk

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Orange Juice say: "Please, buy Blueboy this very day."

A fabulous promotional poster for the release of the Orange Juice 'Blueboy / Love Sick' (Postcard Records 80-2) single way back in 1980.
Original artwork possibly by Edwyn Collins(?).

Orange Juice: Postcard Cowboy — Promotional Poster for Blue Boy :A1, black and fluorescent ink screen print, spray-paint, 1980.
(Additional info via lovesick / blueboy)

Source & ©SoundOfYoungScotland

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Josef K : City Hall, Glasgow 1980

Image : ©Simon Clegg

A rare image of Josef K on stage taken at the City Hall, in Glasgow in 1980 by Simon Clegg. This comes via Scottish Post-Punk who has been posting lots of wonderful and exciting archive documents and shots on his Twitter timeline and at his FaceBook page. A real good source for anything related to the Scottish music scene and the heyday of the Sound of Young Scotland.

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.


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
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