Fronting absurdly underrated pop revivalists Orange Juice in the early '80s, Edinburgh's enigmatic Edwyn Collins is one of the great overlooked treasures of Scots rock. Inveterately charismatic and willfully individual, he seemed to scorn success whenever it beckoned, vetoing the opportunities provoked by his persuasive idiosyncrasy. He appeared to have disappeared off the radar completely when he suddenly emerged with Gorgeous George in 1994, an edgy and disquieting, yet still characteristically infectious, web of cascading melodies, sweet soul and retro-pop sensibility. It also gave him his biggest solo hit, the brilliant "A Girl Like You." The rest of the album stands up too with "The Campaign for Real Rock," "North of Heaven," "Moron" and the title track confirming the sharpness of his tongue and the wit of his pen. His cohorts, ex-Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and bass player Claire Kenny, add to the mood of darkness.
By Marc Hogan on 09.23.14 in News
Beck, Jeff Tweedy's father-son duo and the Black Keys each made the late-night rounds last night on TV. Yes, that's a lot of guys with guitars, but fortunately it's some of the better ones in the business. Beck kicked...
By Marc Hogan on 09.22.14 in News
In February 2005, Edwyn Collins, the Scottish singer/songwriter and former frontman for ever-underrated post-punks Orange Juice, suffered a pair of cerebral hemorrhages. Despite at first being almost unable to speak or m...
By Marc Hogan on 09.17.14 in News
On September 18, voters in Scotland will decide whether their country will remain part of the United Kingdom. Polls show the vote coming down to the wire, and pundits are divided, too. With the final verdict of the Scott...
By Chris Roberts on 08.21.12 in Reviews
It's a simple title, but a multi-faceted album. The fifth from Cardiff-based Colorama, produced by Edwyn Collins, ranges from psychedelic pop to late-summer British whimsy to sinister groove-locking and is propelled thro...