Alert readers of this site are most likely aware that one of us–let’s not be coy, the Glaswegian one with the funny accent who answers to the name Steven–used to be the drummer in a band that is today considered a SEMINAL influence on such crit-pop beloveds as Franz Ferdinand and Belle & Sebastian. That band was called Orange Juice, and Domino Records has at last released a collection of O.J.’s crucial early recordings–with Steven Daly on drums!–called The Glasgow School. This handsome-looking collection of plaintive jangle comes with liner notes written by Steven himself, though, alas, there is no life-size sleeve poster in the vein of Isaac Hayes’s Black Moses.
To add a happy postcript: Orange Juice’s leader, Edwyn Collins, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage six months ago, has successfully stared down death with a trademark sneer and a dismissive bob of his quiff, and is on the road to recovery.
July 20, 2005
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