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!