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Editors’ Notes

By the time Orange Juice recorded its final studio album in 1984, the former quartet was down to a twosome: Edwyn Collins and drummer Zeke Manyika. Without the rock-solid rhythm section of Malcolm Ross and David McCloymont, the songs became more opened-ended and textural. Of course, Edwyn Collins was a pop classicist at heart; even when abstracted, his songs paired first-rate melodies with crafty lyrics. His croon is in full bloom on “Get While the Gettings Good” and “All That Ever Mattered,” while “Lean Period” and “I Guess I’m Just a Little Too Sensitive” are the last great R&B tunes from Scotland’s gentlest, gawkiest soul band. Manyika’s Zimbabwe-inspired percussion alights the songs, but there's no question that this was Edwyn’s show. He would go on to a glorious solo career, but there's still something bittersweet about this farewell from the group that made him famous. The object of desire portrayed in “Salmon Fishing in New York”—spied dripping in a wetsuit, “like the wild cat of Scotland”—is perhaps the sweetest and most skewed heroine in a career full of sweetly skewed love portraits.


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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