ORANGE JUICE – POOR OLD SOUL

ORANGE JUICE – POOR OLD SOUL

released March 1981


More Orange Juice please! Up next “Poor Old Soul”, a bouncy pop number with rather basic drumming, this could have been so much better with a lot more imagination on the skins.

My copy didn’t come with the postcard insert with handwritten lyrics and cat cartoon designed by Edwyn Collins. So thanks a lot, to the bastard who swiped it, then sold the record. I hope the Postcard cat logo comes to life and batters your face with it’s drum-sticks. Do I hold a grudge? . . . . . . Yes! (Yellow Paper Suns)

. . “No more rock and roll for you” . .

Two new singles have seen the light of day from Glasgow’s excellent Postcard Records. First up is Orange Juice’s “Poor Old Soul” and really good it is too. Powered along by an energetic rhythm, it’s a very cleverly constructed song with a great melody well handled by Edwyn Collins’ distinctive quavery vocals.

It also boasts a well judged arrangement which shows up the best of the song while sensibly shunting the band’s amateurish side well to the rear. The ‘B’ side offers another version of the same song. Miles ahead of their last two releases and well worth anybody’s money. (Smash Hits, 02/04/81)

The Orange Juice aesthetic eluded all of the music press’ pre-existing categories, so admiring reviewers started to describe the band as the new incarnation of the ‘perfect pop’ ideal.

While we were happy to receive such heady acclaim, we also appreciated that we could not long avoid backing up the ‘pop’ part of our reputation with actual popularity. On the opening lines of “Poor Old Soul,” self-confidence surges through Edwyn, a flawed yet cocksure indie-crooner who saunters forth with a message both urgent and eloquent:

“Back with a vengeance, much in vogue / The harlequin, the rogue / Defending the meek / His tongue tucked firmly in his cheek.”

The single itself was still a little too raw for the radio programmers of the time.

“Poor Old Soul” (Part Two): We wanted to offer another, more aggressive take on this song; if I recall correctly, Edwyn and David swapped instruments for this second version.

Halfway through the track there is a chant of “no more rock ‘n’ roll for you.” Subway Sect had an early song called “We Oppose All Rock and Roll,” a title that summed up fairly well the ideals of early punk. (Steven Daly, 2005)

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