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Rip It Up

Orange Juice

1982

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Rip It Up

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2.87

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love the sonic cohesiveness of this record. makes me feel like i am in a different time. or having a calm, slow sunday.

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This nonsense is so damn early 80s it makes my soul hurt. Bloopy synths, saxophone solos, and overly-stylized, Devo vocals are utterly cringeworthy. The lyrics are also mostly vapid. The second track is a bit of an outlier in that regard. I can hear shades of Sex Pistols here but like, if Sex Pistols had an older brother who thought he was super cool, had Flock of Seagul hair, and wore giant shades and lots of cheap cologne. The album is a mess, honestly. It can't decide what genre it is which, in many ways, embodies music in the early 80s. I gotta say, I'm not a fan at all.

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Loved this. It does sag a little in the middle, but I adore the sonics of the album, the wonderful singing, the incorporation of funk into some of the tracks. Post-punk in general is hitting the sweet spot for me as it strikes me that so many of its participants were striving to make a pop sound that didn't patronise its listeners. You can be experimental, sophisticated and still catchy as hell. File this alongside bands like Monochrome Set.

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4

Like a nice walk in a nice city with familiar traffic noises and the murmur of outdoor cafes. In the middle of all this is the band and sometimes I think that they listened a lot to Talking Heads.

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This album started out really good, but it feels a bit samey by the end. Overall I think that it's worth a listen, hence 4 stars, but it's definitely on the low end of 4 stars for me. There are a lot of hidden gems in the postpunk genre, and I think this is one of them

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Scottish New Wave Funk from the 80s is an unholy combination on paper, so I was surprised to find several tracks on this album that were not just listenable, but enjoyable. I never would have picked this album up in a million years. Best track: Louise Louise

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5

At first it was okay for me but this thing fucking bops. Been listening nonstop to it

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loved it

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What an interesting intersection of punk and pop

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5

Very 80s and strong talking head vibes. Some late Clash sounds on there with almost a reggae feel

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5

Le doy su merecido 5 a este album lo quiero mucho esos solos jijooomano

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Chulo. Me recuerda a Bowie oscuro.

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Add to wantlist

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Y

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Chulo. Me recuerda a Bowie oscuro.

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Fresh squeezed juice right here. This was super cool, I absolutely loved it. Feels like it was the start of something new.

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Makes me happy, great to listen to on a rainy day

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Seamless transitions Reminds me of Sing Street (it has a certain kind of umph to it) It has great instrumentation and vocals

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Scottish indie is separated from both other British indie and other Scottish art by its whimsy, its gentility and its poppiness. Whereas indie from the rest of the British Isles dabbles with sweetness and light, it doesn't supress its tendencies to morosity and rock for long. And if Scottish literature has one distinctive theme, it's guilt, be it personal, communal or ancestral: from Macbeth quaking before the visage of a dagger (even though Shakespeare was English) through various justified sinners and Jekylls and Hydes, to Renton and his pals' quest for oblivion, the Scottish protagonist never ceases to loathe themselves for the crime of simply being alive and Scottish. Scottish indie, however, has embraced both warmth and humour, and frequently sought pointers from straight-up pop. Look at The Jesus and Mary Chain incorporating girl-group melodies within their wall of noise, the enshrining of jangly guitars with the Scottish C86 bands, Teenage Fanclub's championing of Big Star and the Beach Boys, Belle & Sebastian dismissing grunge with an effete handwave, and Franz Ferdinand declaring that they wanted to make music for girls to dance to. If you're looking for a group that established this Scottish lighthearted, openhearted ethos, the one that makes most sense is Orange Juice. Orange Juice were your standard art-school band formed in the wake of punk. However, they reacted against the perceived dourness and melancholy of many post-punk bands (making them post-post-punk?) whilst retaining the movement's heterogenity and intelligence. The provocative wannabe impresario Alan Horne founded Postcard Records as a vehicle for Orange Juice and (the much more angst-ridden) Josef K; the tagline for Postcard Records was "The Sound of Young Scotland", an affectionate distortion of Motown's "The Sound of Young America", and as clear an indicator as any of Orange Juice's embrace of effervescence. Also note that Orange Juice were one of the most clean-cut, well-behaved bands of the time, eschewing alcohol (hence the bandname) and most drugs (though sometimes partaking in the mod/punk staple of amphetamine, funnily enough). With this, their second album, the line-up had changed substantially, after leader Edwyn Collins left the original drummer and guitarist. (the next drummer, Zeke Manila, was Zimbabwean, and two of the songs are sung in Shona). With this new line-up, Orange Juice hurtled in an even poppier direction, overtly referencing the Four Tops and, in the common post-punk ambition, marrying the Buzzcocks with Chic. And I like it a lot. The title song not only gave us the definitive post-punk slogan, but also provided one of the wryest takes on unrequited desire in the indie canon. Edwyn Collins proves himself one of the great articulators of adolescent hesitancy, turning wimpiness into, if not quite an admirable trait, then a charming, completely human feature of the everyteen (it's only a shuffle from Edwyn's croon to Morrissey's yodelling). Wonderful moments stud the album, such as the innocent piano motif on Flesh of My Flesh, which is then taken up by the saxophone (yes, saxophone). That said, the album warrants those two dread phrases, "rewards repeated listenings" and "the whole is greater thann the sum of its parts". Initially, you may well find the deliberate smoothness ungripping, and certain songs may seem disposable. But if you find the aesthetic intriguing and perhaps a little racy in its own way, then some Orange Juice should slip down satisfyingly. Orange Juice, like so many Scottish indie bands, provide Scotland with its much-needed sunlight and vitamin C.

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pretty cool, like british new wave but a couple of songs that sounded african-ish? i liked

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i could definitely dance to this! its very lush! i'm getting some japanese city pop from it, 4

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I have never heard of this band or any of the songs on this album. That being said enjoyed the smooth vocals and interesting lyrics.

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Really good

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SO MUCH 80s

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Pretty fucking cool

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Fua esk soy yo literal

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New to me. Mix of Talking Heads and European pop of the 80's. Solid songs.

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Sehr Abwechslungsreich. Easy listening in manchen Teilen und rockig in anderen.

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Muy parecido a Talking Heads

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Its really funky, a magnum opus of Synthezisers. Great Rhythm Guitar work. Sounds really nostalgic. Also prepare for spontaneous Sax breaks. The voice of the singer reminds me of Bowies Diamond Dogs Album.

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Great album. Harmonies are really good, as well as the instruments. I will definitely be listening to this again

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love the singer and drums

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I didn't know what to expect with this album, but I'm glad I listened to it. It has an 80's synth-pop feel to it, but it's also got some acoustics in the songs that still have an "upper" feel to them. Sure it's not the most original sound I've ever heard, but it doesn't insult it in any way or form. Favorite track: Rip It Up

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New to me. And now I'm wondering why because I absolutely love this album. Holds up much better than most other music from 1982. Somehow sounds timeless and still of its time. Not as consistently great as I like my 5's to be, but already warranted repeat listens and it could eventually grow into a 5 for me.

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A really decent album

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Groovy

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Don't rip it up and start again lads, this one is sound.

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Not bad

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I’ve never listened to an album with such a mix of great and awful. Overall, I liked it.

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pretty funky, not bad

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The Clash meets Talking Heads.

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Fun funky album, liked it more than I expected

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Such a strange amalgam of genres but this really worked for me

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Love it. Jangly, weird, inconsistent!

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Really groovy 80's tunes. Sounds like Bowie.

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singer sounds like he's doing a bad bowie impression

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Nice discoverment, metronomy of the 80´s

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the glossy remodel of Orange Juice - shimmering with funky guitars and squelchy basslines

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7/10 solid british pop rock, i really liked the guitar work, but nothing to write home about

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Joyous. I love it.

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Lots of interesting elements!

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Overall I liked it; quite a bit actually. Has a "General Public" /"English Beat" feel to it. Found "Mud in Your Eye" to be intoxicating. Last half of album fell off, but overall was fun. B-

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Muito bom.

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I feel like I want to hang out with them

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Pretty good. Some great bangers, but also some fairly forgettable songs. Still enjoyable though. I dont get why new wave albums have such low ratings on this website, I generally find new wave to be an inoffensive genre. I get not liking new wave, but I find it difficult to understand how someone could hate it with a passion.

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80s cliché. One or two good songs

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Such a weird sound; Mike Peck is intrigued.

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While I am aware of how popular New Wave became, it never liked it, and still don't. I appreciate it a little more in my older years, but it still does nothing for me. This album has a few moments of catchy melodies, but still not my thing. After this listen, probably won't revisit.

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Very interesting listen, have never heard of this band before and I found it quite enjoyable. Seems that their sound inspired a few of the newer bands of that region.

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A rather diverse album that's good all around which is quite an accomplishment when playing so many different styles.

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Not bad. Just not for me

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Solid new wave vibes.

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I’ve never heard of this band before in my life, but now I know where Edwyn Collins came from - even though his one hit wonder from the 90’s sounds nothing like anything on this album. But I really dug this! The vocals are weird, the random slide guitar is weird, the occasional singing in a non-English language is weird. None of this makes sense. And yet it worked for me. Not quite enough to excuse the Almost Famous cover here blurring out the entire rhythm section. But it worked.

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J’ai aime l’album et je reecouterais peut etre. Ependnat ce n’etsit pas une ecoute tres active donc je ne peux donner en hau ou en bas de 3.

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It has some good sounds but nothing really caught my attention

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Un disc inovador, ple de textures originals, d'aromes d'estiu, de seccions de vent enriquidores i de melodies potser no gaire obvies, però que acaben obrint-se pas dins un mateix escolta tras escolta

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"Rip it up and start again I hope to God you're not as dumb as you make out" (Rip it up) "Is it wrong to let him walk into the water? Close your eyes for just one moment You get so tired the endless days of watching over And is it wrong as the waves boil up to greet him To turn away - he disappears into the tide All your love it cannot save him All your love it cannot save him" (Turn away) Se me ha hecho un poco bola.

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Fun but I wanted to have more catchy songs like Rip it Up and I Can't Help Myself

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Not bad this. Doesn’t sound remotely Scottish tho. Che Adams

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This album had a Gary McAllister vibe to it.

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Hit and miss. Bit like Christian Benteke

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Never heard of this. Enjoyable. Grower I think.

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Decent bit of jangle pop

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3* quite enjoyable for the most part

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Quite okay. You could hear how they wanted to differantiate from the other musím back in the 80s, however that didn't quite worked for me.

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solidnoo

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Orange Juice manages to blend British Pop with a touch of ska in this more fleshed out effort. By doing so they have effectively laid a foundation for several genres to follow.

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enjoyed it, nice and mellow.

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Some good bass but not needs a bit more pep in places

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Pudo ser un EP excelente

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its ok

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It's an 80's album. That's it's best descriptor. It's not my favorite 80's bullshit album, but it's fine. Pretty boring and predictable. Highlights: 1, and 5.

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goeie listen

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3.5 lekker vibe! ook 10 nummerkes perfecte lengte. ik zou het in niche nog wel eens opzetten.

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Nice, Sommige nummers ga ik nog wel eens luisteren. album in totaal was goed maar overtuigde niet volledig

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Totally rad

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I dig the totally rad 80s vibe

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surprisingly big sound for the early 80s

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Got some micropop vibes on the first song

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not bad very on and off about it 2.5

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wishy washy kinda but got those 80s beats that are undeniable catchy

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Decent. My eyes rolled when I read “post punk” but there’s plenty of stuff going on here. Not to be confused with Oran juice Jones. First hit to use a 303?

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Opening with the brilliant "Rip It Up", but that is as good as it gets, which is pretty good to be fair. It just becomes a little samey after a few tracks.

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Better than some 80s

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Some nice Ska/reggae influenced pop. Had heard the name but none of the music. I like it, very much in the vein of General Public. I wish the tempos were a little faster sometimes, but a enjoyable listen. Makes me curious to check out the 2 albums that bookend this one, both if which allmusic.com hold in higher esteem then the one chosen by the authors. 3.5 🌟

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Ich höre, wie diese hierzulande ja leider stark unterrepräsentierte Band ihre Nachfolger beeinflusst hat, zum Beispiel Kajagoogoo, die Happy Mondays oder auch Rocko Schamoni. Schätze ich alle sehr, genauso wie die Einflüsse die man der Platte wiederum anhört - Afrobeat, Eno/Bowie, Eno/Talking Heads; solche Sachen. Muss gerade mal nachschauen wer die eigentlich produziert hat? Ah, ein "Marlin Hayes", kenne ich gar nicht. Also jedenfalls: gefällt mir gut, auch wenn es mich hier gerade nicht vom Hocker haut. Dafür knapp an die Untergrenze des nächsten Levels ran. 3,5

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Legendär und von mir doch zu lange übersehen. Neben Funk, Talking Heads und Jonathan Richman wohl DER distinktive Sound zur Hochzeit des King Georg. Irgendwie avantgardistisch angekrautet-jangley countryesker Yacht Pop/Rock. Das ist kein Orange Juice, eher Multivitamin. Gibt frisch gepresste 3.3

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Prefer apple juice

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I really wanted this to be a masterpiece. It was alright. Might actually give it another go.

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it was ok. yawny 5/10

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3…. Nearly a 4 … some great tunes and playing

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Liked Rip It Up a lot actually, the rest of the album just slid by though

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This is a fun album of breezy and soulful pop/new wave from Orange Juice. The band has a unique style, with a bit of an Afro-pop sensibility (courtesy of drummer Zeke Manyika) and some excellent punchy guitarwork. Edwyn Collins is the standout presence in the band, with his rich vocal style. Great pop hooks on both the title track and “I Can’t Help Myself.” “Mud in Your Eye” is a personal favorite, although “I Can’t Help Myself” is a can’t miss track, the best on the album. Fave Songs: Mud in Your Eye, I Can't Help Myself, Tenterhook, Rip It Up, Turn Away

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Didn’t give a full listen, some songs sounded neat, others like basic 80s stuff

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Fine 80s pop rock

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Bon album. Nice mélange de pop british/new wave et rock.

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This reminded me so much of a late 80s soundtrack for a movie involving a Weekend at Bernie’s type of plot. Why? I have absolutely no clue 🤷🏾‍♂️ When they kept it peppy and upbeat, I really enjoyed it. But when they slowed it down, the vocals killed me. Like slowly and painfully.

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Pretty ok - like a bargain bin Roxy music, or Specials or David Byrne

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1 I'm not too fond of that weird deep lispy sound of the voice of so many artists during the 80s. 2. "Mud In Your Eyes" saves it from being a 1 Ok 3, this is getting better

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New wave. Ni fu ni fa.

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Huh. Kind of a funky album but I liked it fairly well. Some classic 80s sound that makes it a very cheerful synth/guitar album with calm jams. The perfect album for making breakfast on a lazy Sunday, as far as I'm concerned. Fave track: Louise Louise. Not objectively the best track musically on the album but I'm a sucker for a sweet little love song. Even though it seems like a bit of a toxic/complicated love song at that.

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It was good, and the dub elements were something else. But I think the singer struck me as a little hard to listen to, especially near the end.

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I'm not claustrophobic and don't mind confined spaces, but if I was stuck on an elevator for 42 minutes and 31 seconds with Rick Astley, Gloria Estefan, David Byrne and smooth jazz, I wouldn't be happy. If that elevator sounds like you're kind of party, you're going to love this. You can begin with the song "Flesh of My Flesh." I'll take the steps.

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6/10. Eh, alright

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Pretty good

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Geinige 80s pop muziek met voor mijn gevoel wat Jamaicaanse invloeden. Doet me vooral aan Level 42 denken. Helaas kunnen geen van de nummers van dit album mij echt boeien.

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I started off suspicious, but there were good bones in there. Collins' voice sometimes drove me crazy, but I liked a lot of what they were doing musically.

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Never heard of these guys, but quite enjoyed this

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It's an 80s album and definitely sounds like an 80s album. Nothing was really memorable about it. I cannot really recall a song that needs to be listened to again. Not quite a 3 but I will round up.

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Estuvo ok.

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easy listening, but cant see myself going back

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Flesh of my Flesh the only familiar tune to me on this (I think my brother put it on a mix tape he gave me many, many years back - so many it was on an actual tape). They have a unique sound, and generally I like dot, though the vocals seemed over affected. Clever lyrics.

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Instrumentaali oli vekkulia, mut laulu pudotti pisteitä. Ei jotenki lähteny

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Reminds me of the talking heads but without the talent

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I guess some time it was a hit but now it lacks standing out quality that differentiates it from similar albums. Its not bad music but not exceptional

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Not my jam

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Meh...

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Boring, not for me

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It's okay, but I'm not sure why it's included on the list. Seems very average, and the singles aren't really doing much for me. Unlike even a band like Korn, which at the very least was a major point for a genre, I'm not sure the significance of this one.

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Some interesting notes here and there but nothing special going on with this one. Listening to it once was enough for me

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I lived through 1980s synth-pop. Why not Duran Duran or Flock of Seagulls? Ugh

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Meh

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I don't know if they invented a bunch of things or they sound like some weird amalgamation of a variety of 80's bands. Unfortunately they don't sound as good as a lot of their peers... maybe a mediocre Style Council.

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Very rough sounding hall and Oates, weird voice strains, very repetitive no saves

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Vergesslich

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Na

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Rick Astley? Is that you?... Are they a mix between Squeeze and Pulp? I'm happy that they have a song called Breakfast Time. Other than that, nothing too much to consume here.

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_Rip It Up_ by Orange Juice - (I keep on forgetting to make my music player not fucking shuffle the fucking thing! It's really hard to get an idea of an album released pre-CD era when it's randomly playing tracks.) So it's 80's post-punk...crooner music? It's weird. The first song was...interesting. The second song's lyrics didn't seem to energy and upbeat quality of the music- badabada, badabada, _see the tears in a million faces_ whaaaaaaaat? The rest of the album liked to bounce around in the same manner, where you never knew what you were going to get. I wondered if any of the band went on to be part of some other bands, but they never did. Why isn’t The English Beat on this list?

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First track sounds like a weird/slow version of 'Good Times' by Chic without the cool bassline. Overall, it was all just a bit "nice". 5/10 ⚽ Euro player: Johan Cruyff. Played in orange and definitely ripped it up.

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This album started with a John Jensen style wonder goal with a classic tune, but then as Arsenal found out, it was all a little too good to be true as it faded into a bit of a nothing and, not unlke the Danish player, ultimately a bit of a let down.

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All forgotten the moment it finished - fine but forgettable

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Two great tracks = ⭐⭐ review.

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If this album actually were a glass of Orange Juice it would be the cheap stuff made from concentrate. Lacks real substance and ultimately not satisfying

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Kindnof a one hit wonder. Their synth alternative music fuses together a few different styles and it's a bit of a weird listen. Not my favorite, but worth a listen

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Pretty awful. Had one or two decent tracks that redeemed it a bit.

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Scottish pop/electro band who's only Top 40 hit, "Rip It Up" was the first hit to use the Roland TB-303 synthesizer. Lots of electro synth beats, with some sax and horns thrown in. At times could hear some Franz Ferdinand. Best: Rip It Up Worst: Hokoyo

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Not a fan, reminds me of Morrissey.

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Never heard of this band. Their vocals are not for me, and I did my best to hear past them to avoid giving this 1 star. Ultimately settling on 2/5 because, at times, the music was pretty fun.

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- somewhat boring, downtempo chill ish - pre-new wave... just wave? - Consistent and good enough mix

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Meh

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Rediscovering this is like finding a crusty old jizz tissue in the pocket of an old coat.

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A lot of comparisons to the Smiths and Talking Heads without ever holding a candle to either. Some songs fare better than others, but the album suffers as a whole for not having much to offer in the way of genuinely good music. The best songs are when Zeke Manyika has a hand in things, which is unfortunately few. The rest, I can leave.

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meh. 2 or 3. striaght white boys.

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Went in blind here. Read a few of the reviews in advance and got a bit excited with some of The Clash comparisons. The first song really threw me off as it was a bit too “80’s pop” for me. It got a bit more interesting but never really caught on to the level of potential I had been hoping for. Damn. Fave songs “I can’t help myself”

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Mezcla de pop ochentero con toques reggae. Fácil de escuchar, aunque no especialmente llamativo

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Some catchy moments, but ultimately just inoffensive background music. Songs go on for way too long. Definitely not something I'd listen to again.

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I love Simon Reynold's book on post-punk, titled after this album/song. I get why this album was a breath of fresh air at the time, but I find the "funk" unconvincing. Tooo, too white boy, really. the African influences, courtesy of the drummer/songwriter Zeke Manyika are much more interesting to me (eg A Million Pleaading Faces, or the percussion breaks on breakfast Time), and I wish there was a lot more of that. I find Edwyn Collin's voice just a little bit too ironic crooner for my taste. If it was a little bit faster, a bit more layered percussion, this could have been more like Remain in Light. It has those moments (again, guitar solo on Breakfast Time, which is like Adrian Belew or Robert Fripp) which I really like. But then he starts singing again, or they start playing terrible white boy funk.

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Never heard of Orange Juice before, though I did know Edwyn Collins. There are a few nice tracks, but I don't think I'll be listening to this again soon.

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Rip It Up by Orange Juice (1982) More British yawn pop, this time from Scotland (not generally known for the export of orange juice), this album is so-so, if kinda cute. Squeezable, even. With all the pulp filtered out.  Our thirst is quenched by cool and splashy dance beats, dripping with lively bass lines and quirky guitar effects, with fay lead vocal stylings and harmonies stirred in. Musically, it’s altogether goofy, but with plenty of variety. Perfect for a teen party with nothing serious going on.  The leading title track is really the only song of note. The one attempt at social/cultural engagement “See How Hard They Cry” is spoiled by the frolicsome mood and silly effects. The same incommensurability applies for every attempt on this record to treat serious themes.  Listening to guys in their mid-twenties singing “How I wish I was young again” (“Breakfast Time”) is adorable. They’re so precious at that age.  What this album needs is citric acid: less sweet, more tart. And maybe a shot of vodka.  2/5

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Boring

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Cansativo, não empolga como punk e o nem com a pegada de ska.

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What IS this Morrissey splatfunk goofiness?! How'd THIS ONE make the list????

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OK

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I trip up trying to work out where this album fits, a fair bit of Bowie influence I reckon. A weird and forgettable

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This album sounds like the soundtrack to a 1980s nerds coming of age spoof film. I’ve never quite heard anything like this. It wasn’t overly offensive, but it certainly wasn’t good either. The only appeal, which is the slightest amount, is in observing how weird it could get.

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Les guitares sont intéressantes, particulièrement le solo à la fin de Breakfast Time. Par contre pas fans des éléments disco et du son du drum.

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C'est fou ce que ça me fait penser à du Bowie des années 80 et même un peu fin 70.

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Interesting mix of white boy groove and african stuff - must have been very interesting in the early 80s. Nothing to get too excited about though

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Yet another float in the parade of '80s alt rock bands, leaving not much of an impression. The album opened and closed with great tracks, but everything in between those bookends ran together. Makes me think of those Mad Magazine pictures where you fold to make the ends meet and skip what's in the middle to make a new picture. I'd rather do that than rip it up. Favorite tracks: Rip It Up, Tenterhook. Album art: Very precocious band photo. Very cool if this band did in fact have a black drummer. Album art isn't very memorable though. 2.5/5

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While the beats were fun to listen to, the minute the singer started going I skipped. Did not like his voice and it made the songs hard to hear.

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Rip it Up was a very catchy beat. In fact all the songs have a great toe tapping essence to them. Hokoyo was fun too!

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Typical 80’s was ok

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Some interesting variations on the eighties pop sound, but let's be realistic: it's yet another obscure participant in this curated list.

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2/5

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What even is this? It's like Talking Heads but with less whimsy?

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Started strong with the title track, but they lost me in the back half with the 80s sax

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Não gostei. Bloqueio com estética e timbres dos anos 80

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Listened to about half the album. Didn’t want to finish. Not really into New Wave. Their “hit” song off this album just didn’t do anything for me.

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Utter shit. Why is garbage like this on the list?

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Not convinced

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Soppy nu-wave pop. Never heard of them before, but wasnt blown away at all. I know Edwyn Collins from 'Girl Like you' which I like, but thought this was drivel

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Never heard of them or the album...”this is a good thing” I muse to myself, as I’m always craving something different and new to me to listen to. Something that’s not new to me unfortunately, is the use of the description boring. In honour of this album I’ll keep my review the same. It’s new agey rock with heavy reggae influences. God I hope the next album raises my pulse slightly more than resting bpm. 1 Star!

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Boring background music. The tracks seem to just meander along with no energy.

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Not good

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Typical 80s crap

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Far too late for my liking I have discovered that there is a subset of punk and post-punk music which uses the violin. When I opened the wiki page for this album, I was hopeful that I was about to listen to another entry in that personal canon. Sadly, the string arrangements here are one of the weakest parts. The sax parts, on the other hand, are at least fun. There is a stronger rhythmic sensibility than there is in certain pop/new-wave releases. But it's soundly dated and mostly forgettable. Turn Away was the strongest cut, while Hokoyo hinted at a better sound altogether.

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Resounds like the background music to an 80s movie—like, not the soundtrack part but the background prom music to a second-rate movie. Lot of trumpet/flugal horn. Love the 80s, but not this 80s.

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I didn't hate it but just found it very boring. Rip It Up was ok to start with but eventually was waiting for it to end. Vocals were annoying and the music itself is meh. I like 80s music a lot but this wasn't for me.

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That was 40 minutes of a band with a major identity crisis. They sounded so much like so many different bands that I found myself wondering why I was listening to these guys at all.

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Really hated the vocals

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I didn't know it was possible to take the type of voice I dislike most about a certain vein of UK post-punk and pair it with music that makes it even worse. But Orange Juice has managed to do that. This orange juice is definitely not freshly squeezed - probably that weird from concentrate stuff. Annoying disco horns, completely ill-fitting reggaeton drums... OJ just kept impressing me with the horrid depths they dredged. The African-influenced songs where Zeke Manyika took the lead were strange departures as well as the most tolerable/interesting things on the album, but those were also poisoned by the concentrate. I thought orange juice was good as long as there was no Pulp, but it turns out all OJ-inspired bands suck. According to what some random Wikipedia-empowered internet marauder wrote, Orange Juice "became perhaps the most important band in the Scottish independent music scene that emerged in the post-punk era." I had no idea the Scottish independent music scene in the early 80s sucked so much. But it turns out their competition was the Cocteau Twins and The Blue Nile, so things are making a lot more sense now. In some other web rando's blog post were the 20 best Scottish bands of the 80s, but I hadn't heard of any of them before embarking on the 1001. (Side note: post-punk is a ridiculous genre that is overly broad and contains an absurdly wide variety of sounds and styles.) I don't know what it was about Hadrian's Wall that acted as a impenetrable force field for good music. Fortunately, the barrier seems to have been broken, with much better stuff coming out of Scotland these days. Thank you Chvrches (and others), for saving the musical reputation of your nation. I would encourage Orange Juice to take their own advice and "rip it up and start again." Or maybe stop at just ripping it up.

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Total garbage

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There's not a single Tool album on this list and yet I have to continuously listen to this garbage and garbage like it.

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Not for me

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