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The title song of Orange Juice’s 1982 album Rip It Up is the unquestionable focal point of the Scottish quartet’s short-lived career. Built around a bass line so full of nectar that it practically leaks onto the speakers, “Rip It Up” is as catchy and danceable as anything ever recorded by Chic. Yet it remains true to Orange Juice’s essence: gawky but suave, sweet but assured, Scottish but soulful. The addition of Zimbabwean drummer Zeke Manyika may have helped the group embrace club rhythms at a time when disco was considered outré, especially in punk circles. At 23 years old, Edwyn Collins was rapidly maturing as a lyricist. While his peers remained caged by themes of despair and alienation, he boldly addressed desire, fidelity, and sympathy. Into taut disco beats the band wove strands of folk rock, country music, and Southern American R&B. In its era, Orange Juice was utterly anomalous. But 20 years later, more young indie bands would be emulating the blend of styles on Rip It Up than the gloomy post-punk that overshadowed Orange Juice in its lifetime.

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ORANGE JUICE

Such a great, pure 80's sound...how fun!!

Biography

Formed: 1976 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The leaders of the Scottish neo-pop uprising Orange Juice formed in Glasgow in late 1976. Originally dubbed the Nu-Sonics, the group comprised vocalist/guitarist Edwyn Collins, guitarist James Kirk, bassist David McClymont, and drummer Steven Daly; following the formation of the Postcard label by Collins protégé Alan Horne, the quartet renamed itself Orange Juice in 1979, adopting the new moniker as well as an aura of romantic innocence as a direct reaction to the increasingly macho aggression of...
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