Orange Juice was a Scottish post-punk band founded in the middle class 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 original Orange Juice line-up was:
Edwyn Collins (born 23 August 1959, Edinburgh) – guitar / vocals / songwriting
James Kirk – guitar / vocals / songwriting
David McClymont – bass guitar
Steven Daly – drums / percussion
The original 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:
Edwyn Collins – guitar / vocals / violin / songwriting
Malcolm Ross – guitar / vocals / keyboards / songwriting (formerly of Josef K, latterly with Paul Haig, Aztec Camera and Blancmange)
David McClymont – bass guitar / keyboards
Zeke Manyika (born 23 February 1955) – drums / vocals / percussion / songwriting
Musically the band attempted to fuse post-punk guitars with disco and funk rhythms, rather in the manner of the Gang of Four. Lyrically, however, Orange Juice were always far more commercially minded; Collins adopting a fey, camp vocal style. In general, the band was known for their love of kitsch, irony, and literate optimism. Despite this their 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, years later an essential component in Acid house music.
By early 1984, Ross and McClymont had left the band leaving a core line-up of Collins and Manyika. Together the duo recorded Orange Juice's final album, The Orange Juice. They also enlisted several musical friends to help them out on the recording, including Clare Kenny and Johnny Britten. It was produced by Dennis Bovell.
While the group has long dispersed, members remain active in their separate and diverse fields (including travel writing). At least two greatest hits albums are available.
Domino Records have recently gained the rights to the group's catalogue and will reissue it in 2010.
You Can't Hide Your Love Forever (UK No.21) - March 1982
Rip It Up (UK No.39) - November 1982
Texas Fever (UK No.34) - March 1984
The Orange Juice - November 1984
1980 - "Falling and Laughing"
1980 - "Blue Boy"
1980 - "Simply Thrilled Honey"
1981 - "Poor Old Soul"
1981 - "Wan Light" (scheduled on Postcard Records but never released)
1981 - "L.O.V.E. Love" (UK No.65)
1982 - "Felicity" (UK No.63)
1982 - "Two Hearts Together" (UK No.60)
1982 - "I Can't Help Myself" (UK No.42)
1983 - "Rip It Up" (UK No.8)
1983 - "Flesh of My Flesh" (UK No.41)
1984 - "Bridge" (UK No.67)
1984 - "What Presence" (UK No.47)
1984 - "Lean Period" (UK No.74)
1984 - In a Nutshell
1992 - The Esteemed - The Very Best of Orange Juice (featuring Edwyn Collins)
1992 - Ostrich Churchyard - the CD release of the previously unreleased debut Orange Juice album for Postcard Records ('The Sound of Young Scotland'), along with a John Peel Session, and, on the Japanese issue, a bonus BBC Radio 1 session track, "Wan Light".
1993 - The Heather's on Fire - the other CD release by Orange Juice on Postcard Records, this collection brings the first four singles together with some more radio sessions and, on the Scottish version, a NuSonics (pre-Orange Juice) cover of the New York Dolls song "Who Are The Mystery Girls?".
2005 - The Glasgow School - a compilation of Postcard-era tracks - named "Reissue of the Year" for 2005 by Britain's Uncut magazine.
2010 - Coals To Newcastle - an almost exhaustive box-set anthology of all Orange Juice's previously released and unreleased output, released through Domino Records.