Orange Juice (Scottish post-punk band from 70s-80s)

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Orange Juice was a Scottish post-punk band founded in the Glasgow suburb of Bearsden as the Nu-Sonics in 1976. Edwyn Collins formed the Nu-Sonics (named after a cheap brand of guitar) with his school-mate Alan Duncan and was subsequently joined by James Kirk and Steven Daly, who left a band called The Machetes. The band became Orange Juice in 1979. They are best known for the hit "Rip It Up", which reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1983, the band's only UK Top 40 hit.

The band released their first singles during 1980 and 81 on the independent Postcard Records label founded by Alan Horne, along with fellow Scottish bands Josef K and Aztec Camera.These included "Blue Boy" and "Simply Thrilled Honey". Shortly afterwards this line-up signed to Polydor Records and recorded their first album, You Can't Hide Your Love Forever. However, internal tensions led to Kirk and Daly leaving in early 1982 (they would go on to form a short-lived band called Memphis), and for the next two album releases the core line-up was: Collins and McClymont with Malcolm Ross on guitar, vocals and keyboards, and Zeke Manyika on drums. By early 1984, Ross and McClymont had left the band leaving a core line-up of Collins and Manyika who recorded Orange Juice's final album, The Orange Juice, with Clare Kenny and Johnny Britten, produced by Dennis Bovell.

The band's only Top 40 hit, "Rip It Up" was achieved with the aid of the synthesizer – it was the first hit to use the Roland TB-303.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 You Can't Hide Your Love Forever Orange Juice 4
1982 Rip It Up Orange Juice 5
1984 The Orange Juice Orange Juice 4
1991 The Orange Juice / You Can't Hide Your Love Forever Orange Juice 1
1992 Ostrich Churchyard Orange Juice 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 The Very Best of Orange Juice Orange Juice 1
2002 A Casual Introduction: 1981/2001 Edwyn Collins & Orange Juice 1
2005 The Glasgow School Orange Juice 1
2010 ...Coals to Newcastle Orange Juice 1
The Heather's on Fire Orange Juice 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Falling and Laughing Orange Juice 1
1980 Blue Boy / Love Sick Orange Juice 1
1980 Simply Thrilled Honey / Breakfast Time Orange Juice 1
1981 Poor Old Soul Orange Juice 1
1982 Two Hearts Together / Hokoyo Orange Juice 1
1984 Bridge Orange Juice 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Texas Fever Orange Juice 2
1994 Orange Juice EP Orange Juice 1

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