The Glasgow School
More than a decade before blue-eyed soul and pop maestro Edwyn Collins had a hit with “A Girl Like You” (1994), the Glasgow musician formed the groundbreaking Orange Juice, a band daring to blend soul and disco with guitar-happy, slightly off-kilter pop structures. Collins’ voice was quirky, his lyrics literate and amusing, and the band was courageous in dancing their way into a post-punk world with songs that were more funk than punk. The Glasgow School collects their work on indie label Postcard Records (1981-82) into a tidy package. Tracks one through nine are the A and B sides of their brilliant singles; tracks ten through 21 are from the posthumous release Ostrich Churchyard, a 1992 CD containing the songs the band had hoped to release on a debut LP for Postcard. (Most of these songs appeared on their 1982 debut for major label Polydor Records, You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever.) Their play on the “Stars on 45” phenom of the ‘80s, “Blokes On 45,” has a certain charm, and a raw cover of the Ramones’ “I Don’t Care” reveals their barbed, punk hearts. For many fans of the band, this is all the Orange Juice you need.