Orange Juice (band)

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Orange Juice
OriginBearsden, Scotland, United Kingdom
GenresPost-punk,[1] new wave,[2][3] jangle pop[4]
Years active1979–1985, 2008
LabelsPostcard, Polydor, Domino
Past membersEdwyn Collins
James Kirk
David McClymont
Steven Daly
Malcolm Ross
Zeke Manyika
Clare Kenny
Johnny Britten

Orange Juice was a Scottish jangle pop band founded in the Glasgow suburb of Bearsden as the Nu-Sonics in 1976. Edwyn Collins formed the Nu-Sonics (named after a model of guitar made by Burns) with his school-mate Alan Duncan, and was subsequently joined by James Kirk and Steven Daly, who left an act called The Machetes.[5] They became Orange Juice in 1979, best known for their only UK Top 40 hit hit "Rip It Up," which reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1983.[6]

The band released their first singles during 1980 and 1981 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".[7] 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 line-up was Collins and David McClymont on bass guitar and keyboards, with Malcolm Ross on guitar, vocals, and keyboards, and drummer Zeke Manyika. By early 1984, Ross and McClymont had left the group, 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.[8]

The Postcard Records-era history of Orange Juice is featured in the 2015 documentary film Big Gold Dream.


The discography of the Scottish band Orange Juice consists of three studio albums, a mini-album, seven compilations, a box-set album, and fourteen singles (including an unreleased "Wan Light" single).

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
1982 You Can't Hide Your Love Forever
  • Released: March 1982
  • Label: Polydor
Rip It Up
  • Released: November 1982
  • Label: Polydor
1984 Texas Fever (mini-album)
  • Released: March 1984
  • Label: Polydor
The Orange Juice
  • Released: November 1984
  • Label: Polydor

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Notes
1984 In a Nutshell
  • Label: Polydor
1991 The Orange Juice/You Can't Hide Your Love Forever
  • Label: Polydor
  • 2 LP albums on 1 CD compilation.
1992 The Esteemed – The Very Best of Orange Juice (featuring Edwyn Collins)
  • Label: Polydor
Ostrich Churchyard
  • Label: Postcard
  • The CD release of the previously unreleased debut Orange Juice album for Postcard Records ('The Sound of Young Scotland')
  • Also includes a John Peel Session, and, on the Japanese issue, a bonus BBC Radio 1 session track, "Wan Light".
1993 The Heather's on Fire
  • Label: Postcard
  • 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?".
2002 A Casual Introduction 1981/2001 (Edwyn Collins & Orange Juice)
  • Compilation of Collins' solo work and Orange Juice
2005 The Glasgow School
  • Compilation of Postcard-era tracks
  • Named "Reissue of the Year" for 2005 by Uncut magazine in the UK.[9]
2010 Coals to Newcastle
  • Label: Domino
  • 6 CD and 1 DVD box-set anthology of all Orange Juice's previously released and unreleased output[10]


Year Title Chart positions Album
UK Indie NZ
1980 "Falling and Laughing" 48
"Blue Boy" 15
"Simply Thrilled Honey" 5
1981 "Poor Old Soul" 5
"Wan Light" (scheduled on Postcard Records but never released) n/a n/a n/a
"L.O.V.E. Love" 65 n/a You Can't Hide Your Love Forever
1982 "Felicity" 63 n/a
"Two Hearts Together" 60 n/a
"I Can't Help Myself" 42 n/a Rip It Up
1983 "Rip It Up" 8 n/a 42
"Flesh of My Flesh" 41 n/a
1984 "Bridge" 67 n/a Texas Fever
"What Presence" 47 n/a The Orange Juice
"Lean Period" 74 n/a


  1. ^ "Pop/Rock » Punk/New Wave » Post-Punk". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Orange Juice, Aztec Camera Reissued by Domino - Pitchfork". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  3. ^ Petridis, Alexis (21 July 2005). "Orange Juice, The Glasgow School". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  4. ^ Harvel, Jess. "Now That's What I Call New Pop!". Pitchfork Media. 12 September 2005.
  5. ^ "Postcard Records - TweeNet". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 408. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ Jack, Malcolm (20 July 2016). "Orange Juice and Edwyn Collins – 10 of the best". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Buzzcocks: Boredom / Orange Juice: Rip It Up - Seconds - Stylus Magazine". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  9. ^ "UNCUT - The spiritual home of great rock music". Uncut. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Announcing the Orange Juice Boxset - Coals To Newcastle". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Orange Juice - Rip It Up (Song)". Retrieved 26 May 2013.

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