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Boomkat Product Review:
When Edwyn Collins suffered a stroke earlier this year, news reports were quick to crack open 'A Girl Like You' as backing music, with barely a mention paid to his Orange Juice days. Unfairly shunned for years, Orange Juice are now garnering the praise they deserve, due in equal parts to Simon Reynolds splendid 'Rip It Up & Start Again' and Franz Ferdinand constant name checking in every interview they give. Ever. All of them. Packaged in a XXX lavish hardback book (initial copies...) with extensive liner notes from bandmember Steven Daley, 'The Glasgow School' constitutes a complete collection of their Postcard recordings and the aborted 'Ostrich Churchyard' album. As Scottish as Irn Bru and The Dandy, Orange Juice tackled post-punk with typical Ecosse force, fusing elements of northern soul, disco, punk, the Velvets and (on 'Moscow Olympics') The Shadows... More inviting that Gang of Four and with less overt attitude than A Certain Ratio, Orange Juice's sound is at times purposefully derivative (see The Clash's fingerprints all over 'Blue Boy') and often rides roughshod over accepted recording techniques, yet never is it ever anything but thrillingly essential and delinquently infectious (if you can withstand the staccato pomp of 'Poor Old Soul', you must be dead!). A timely reminder that DFA aren't just ripping off New York, 'The Glasgow School' still sounds fresh, exciting and innovative, 25 years on. How many of the NME-cabal will have that written about them in 2030...? Brimming with vitamin C.