Orange Juice were a quintessential indie band signed to Postcard Records hailing from Glasgow. They seemed somehow out of place in London wearing shorts on a summer’s day so I took them to the canal which seemed to be more fitting for their image. They had a post-punk sound but combined jangly guitars reminiscent of disco band Chic with funky bass lines. ‘Rip It Up’ released in 1983 was their only top forty hit but along with label stablemates Josef K they have been regarded as a big influence on a host of more recent guitar-driven bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Drums.
In 2005 lead singer and songwriter Edwyn Collins suffered a double brain haemorrhage. He has undergone a lengthy programme of neurological rehabilitation
and has recently gone back to recording and occassional live performances.