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Edwyn Collins and The Heartbreaks

Collins in 2008

Awesome artists and their music.


Picture the scene:  one of your favourite artists of all time is playing a concert soon in a nearby city.  You really want to go and see the show, but you don’t have transport.  OK, you have a car, but if you drive there you won’t be able to drink alcohol in huge amounts like you want to.  And the train is just a pain in the backside.

One solution would be inviting your friend who doesn’t like alcohol to drive.  Perhaps this is cynical exploitation, but you are willing to pay for the ticket and he should enjoy the music too!

This was the situation my friend found himself in a couple of months back.  So I agreed to drive up to the cool, thriving city of Liverpool, England where we would be watching a bona fide music industry legend play his classic hits from the 80s.

Personally, I was not old enough to have heard of Orange Juice when they were originally popular.  After the gig though, I was familiar with all of their hits, because I saw Edwyn Collins sing them.  I heard Rip It Up on the radio a few days ago and I realised just how great this music is:

In 2005 Collins suffered a horrendous brain haemorrhage that left him with limited speech and movement.  It is very special to understand how much he has improved since that happened, such that he is now able to sing in concert and walk with the aid of a stick.  Of course, he got a standing ovation and he deserved it.

Collins had a solo hit with “(Never Met A) Girl Like You Before”, which is very famous and I won’t link it here.

One of the support acts before Collins was a very young band from the seaside resort of Morecambe (where one of my exes lives) called The Heartbreaks.  They were frickin’ fantastic.  Almost every one of their songs is catchy.  They claim to be inspired by Orange Juice and The Smiths, and it is easy to see the retro 80s influence on their music.  If there was any justice in the music industry, these boys would be superstars.  They have the fashion sense, the youth, the good looks and the tunes.

The song below, Delay, Delay, reached Number 9 in the Japanese chart!


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  • Maybe it is because I am Canadian, maybe its because of my age, but I have never heard of Orange Juice until you just posted this. I have to say that it was pretty good. It is amazing what the man has gone through. unfortunate that limiting his speech and movement effected him so young and changed his whole career. Wonderful he still does some performances! 🙂 I have to say that the second song that you posted i LOVED!!! LOVED it! like getting it to have on my playlist immediately 🙂 Thank you.

  • Edwin Collins is really an inspiration to all of us especially to those who suffers a backlash in their lives. It is a human nature that we tend to “stop living” when something terrible happens to us. We must never give up.

  • I am aware who Edwyn Collins is, but did not know about the incident in 2005. That’s a tragedy. I am glad to hear that he is improving and continuing with his passion for music despite his setbacks.

    I can definitely hear the 80’s influence in Delay, Delay and it sounds like it was a positive influence at that. I haven’t listened to anything else by The Heartbreaks, but surely will in the future. I agree that they have what it takes to become more mainstream and hope that they do. Thank you for posting!

  • This is a very unique sounding band. They seem like they will appeal to a limited amount of people but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Their are always niches to find and take over.

  • Sounds like you had a great night! I remember Orange Juice from way back but I had no idea Edwyn had been so ill. I’d never heard Delay before so thanks for sharing that – I love anything with an 80’s sound. What did you think of Liverpool and the venue then? Would you go back?

    • The Most Ordinary Man Ever

      January 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Orange Juice were such a great 80s band weren’t they? Liverpool is a cool place. I go there once or twice a year to watch Everton. The Philharmonic is a good quality seated venue.

  • I wasn’t around in the 80s, but I still enjoy the music of the era. Orange juice has a quite unique sound. I had never heard any of their music before. It’s very impressive for Collins to sing after the brain hemorrhage.

  • Orange Juice always struck me as pop-synth anti-harmonic group, similar to the Talking Heads. I am afraid that nowadays, it’s hard to find anything even remotely similar. Everything is so heavily scrubbed and edited that is is hard to distinguish man from machine. I hope this type of genre makes a comeback in the near future.

  • I, much like you, am a bit young to remember this. That being said, great, funky groove. I would have loved to see how these guys matured as musicians over the decades. Plus, I hear some parts (the synth bass) that would definitely fit in with some of today’s bands. Cool post, very cool.

  • Orange Juice…you may not agree, but does it not sound like Morrissey a little bit? The sound could not vary more, but as an avid lover of the Smiths, I happened to notice a similarity in the voice. However, as I said, the sound is different simply because there is no other music quite like this.

  • I loved the music video and its old feel. I grew up on songs like this, and this sounds so familiar that I can’t help but think I’ve heard of this before. My favorite band while growing up was actually The Smiths, though my parents didn’t like its dark vibe. Anyways, thanks for taking me back down Memory Lane! 🙂

    • The Most Ordinary Man Ever

      July 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      I like The Smiths too although they weren’t my absolute favourite, they wrote very good music 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

  • Whenever I watch any music video from the 80`s, despite the eccentric hairstyles and fashion, everybody just seemed to be happier back then.

    • This song absolutely reminds me of similar genres of songs that my parents listened to back in the day. Although i have never listened to this song before until I came across it here, and one big lesson I learned from the story is that we should not see giving up on life as an option regardless of what we might be going through. I have been listening to orange juice almost everyday after I came across it here.

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