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)