Oh, I forgot to add that 'I'm losing sleep' is great - I was singing it on the way to the shower (I don't like to sing IN the shower)! If the rest of your new songs are like that, then your album is going to be a cracker!
In my view they were so lucky to find each other Bob. To see them together on stage, perfect. Of course, in a falling apart, utter shambles kind of way. It's indescribable really. Why was it so good? And why, in my memory, does it just seem to get better and better. It would stand out like a sore thumb if they happened right now, in these times. It would never make sense on a grand setting, like a festival stage or an arena. Our son Will takes Edwyn to task for never having written 'ANTHEMS!' I get quite punky (aged) and pompous with him. 'That kind of success depends upon appealing to STUPID people, son.'
I just asked Edwyn your question.
No, they used everything up, nothing left lying around. They take individual credit for songs but often chipped in bits on each others. On Felicity, for example, Edwyn came up with the whoa whoa intro.
I don't think they fully understood the power of the pairing at the time. Edwyn could say some casually cruel things about James. James was the gentlest member of the group, I think. He wasn't into the put down as much as the others. It was quite competitive on that front. James was a genuine eccentric, a fascination.
Hi Grace. Thanks for the illuminating insight into James and Edwyn (and the others) working together..I never got the chance to see the Postcard Orange Juice - for reasons I can't remember now...but I think that from the very first time I heard 'I'm not saying we should build a city of tears' (I just wrote 'teats'!) I was hooked and have followed Edwyn's work ever since. And having literally just finished your book...I must say how moving I found it and how much I admire you both and all your family and support ..... and what shines through everything that's happened to you both (all) is spirit, will and love.... which as Edwyn put so presciently, you can't hide forever... as I said before, listening to I'm losing sleep...is as enjoyable as any of his best work....which is not a bad thing at all, I think!
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