5 Reasons To Go See - Edwyn Collins
- Doug Johnstone
- 10 April 2008
- He’s a legend
The Scottish troubadour’s career has spanned 30 years, during which time he’s been a relentlessly original and innovative artist, redefining pop music first with his band Orange Juice and then as a solo artist of great renown.
- And he’s a miracle
Three years ago Collins suffered a massive stroke, and after extremely risky brain surgery contracted MRSA. His family were told to expect the worst, yet here he is with a new album under his belt and a UK tour to boot. Thanks to intense physical and speech therapy, and driven by an insatiable appetite to keep making music, the fact Collins is here at all is nothing short of a miracle.
- He brought us Postcard Records
Probably the most influential Scottish label of all time, Postcard was formed in 1980 by Collins and Alan Horne as a vehicle for Orange Juice, but went on to release era-defining records by Josef K, The Go-Betweens and Aztec Camera.
- And he’s responsible for pretty much everything else
Postcard’s influence is huge today, everyone from Teenage Fanclub to Primal Scream to Franz Ferdinand to Bloc Party citing the label as a defining presence in their own musical careers.
- And he’ll play ‘A Girl Like You’, surely
We presume. If you’d written a million-selling worldwide smash hit single, you’d play it, wouldn’t you?
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Mon 21 Apr; Oran Mor, Glasgow, Tue 22 Apr.