ORANGE JUICE The Glasgow School (2005 UK 23-track CD collecting together for the first time on CD all of the recordings made by the legendary Glaswegians on the Postcard label includes all four single & their b-sides plus the tracks recorded for their aborted debut album Ostrich Churchyard featuring Falling & Laughing Poor Old Soul [parts 1 & 2] In A Nutshell & Consolation Prize fully annotated & illustrated liner notes by ex-O.J. member Steven Daley)
To say that Orange Juice are an overlooked band is truly an understatement. Even in the indie stakes, they have been neglected, and apart from “Rip It Up”, never really registered in the public consciousness. But listen to anyone from The Smiths to Franz Ferdinand or Interpol, and the template of frenetic sub-funk guitars, inventive bass lines and an emasculated disco beat that Orange Juice pioneered are all well and truly in place.
So where did it all come from? The Glasgow School gives some indications. Even before You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever, Orange Juice had created some gloriously timeless singles but much overlooked for Postcard Records. These singles; “Falling & Laughing”, “Blue Boy”, “Simply Thrilled Honey” and “Poor Old Soul” are all included here, along with their attendant–and equally indispensable–B-sides which capture a rawer version of the band that those in the know would come to love. On top of that is the band’s stab at a debut album (albeit one that remained unreleased), christened “Ostrich Churchyard”. A boon for anyone who cherishes their by-now scratched vinyl, and a good pictorial document of a band who would unwittingly define what the indie sound was all about. –Thom Allott