Hey folks! my name is Greg, and being 17 I am probably the youngest Edwyn Collins/OJ fan around! People my age generally don't have a clue how much influence their music has had on the current indie scene, but he is definitley a hero in what he has accomplished musically, and in terms of his illness! It was great meeting you guys (edwyn and grace) the other week at waterstones in London, edwyn's voice gets better each time I hear it and can't wait to hear the new stuff! (I'm losing sleep sounds promising).

anyway, I have a couple of q's about archived footage of edwyn, in particular the 'Home for the holidays' special recorded for stv in 2004, mentioned in Grace's new book. Is the footage available to download/stream anywhere online? I think there's a couple of clips taken from it in the Home again documentary, and am really interested the whole thing. Scotland is great, in particular Edinburgh, which has to be in my top 10 cities in the world!
Also, Grace hints at a possible re-release or re-run of West Heath Yard in the book, any info on this yet? or perhaps I am reading too deep into things! If so, I can't wait to see this as the single lasagne for one clip has certainly wetted my appetite!

Anyway, cheers and hope to see you again soon when you return to London sir!


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Hiya Greg. Bless your heart. These are both within my power to have up here and on YouTube and I MUST GET IT TOGETHER. After we return to London in early September, I promise to make it a priority. Home for the Holidays is just lovely, wait til you see it.
Grace x

That would be fantastic. I never saw Home for the Holidays.
How about Edwyn's appearance on Shooting Stars?

I think it was a Christmas special - I seem to remember he played a few bars of A Girl Like You before his amplifier exploded and he urged us to keep our receipts.

Here it is: Very wise words from a very wise pop singer
Aw Thanks Grace, that would be awesome! Home for the holidays is half an hour long? I guess you could upload it to youtube in several parts... I did that with Home again last year (hope you don't mind!). West heath yard would be a treat as well! - I look forward to seeing them appear!
Greg! i am also 17, (wait no i'm not, i turned 18 last saturday) and i'm completely in love with Orange Juice and everything that surrounded it, all those bands, that whole scene

i was also at waterstones that evening with 2 friends also aged 17 at the time, your not alone! that weekend we met lots of Londoner teenagers who are completely in love with orange juice and all those other glasgow bands!

still good to know theres 1 more!

and yeah alot of people are quite inspired, but not enough. alot of the bands up here in glasgow are and theres a whole scene in London too just now, which without orange juice, would never exist, http://www.myspace.com/tweeasfucknight thats the main clubnight, i've never been, they did do one in glasgow but i wasn't aware at the time, i generally don't really like the term 'twee', i dunno i find it a bit fake, but i do like what they are doing, the whole DIY label, fanzine and clubnight, its good!!

I always hated that twee term too. Orange Juice were never twee or I would have been sick. They were intimidatingly edgy, in fact. And in person, if you crossed him, Edwyn could be scary. A much older (and baldy) tour manager once tried to get him out of his bed by threatening to throw water all over him.
"Just try it, chrome dome....."
And just ask Steve Skinner about the American dressing room incident when a famous band's security detail made the mistake of coming on heavy to him. Twee my bottom.
Ah Yes Grace! Good old Blues Traveller. We were supporting them at a truly detestable Summer festival and Edwyn asked if we could borrow their posh keyboard for Girl Like You because our equipment was stuck somewhere. They agreed but looked on in an apopleptic rage as Ed played a really heavy keyboard solo with his feet. Sort of like a precursor to the dance mat.
After our performance, Blues Traveller's management/security stormed into our dressing room mob handed threatening this and that. If memory serves me right - Edwyn offered them all outside and managed to scare them (and me) witless. Tweak My Bottom indeed.
And abother thing readers. Not only could Edwyn be a real hard case - he was a bloody good Goalie at five-a-side too.
Me and Jez Webb spent ages taking shots at him on an indoor pitch before one gig ages ago and he kept a clean sheet.
I can't understand why Scots goalies are slated so much. If Ed had chosen football as a career, Ali's Army would have
won the World Cup. Mind you - we wouldn't have had such an exemplary back catalogue of work.
You mean he was more like George Wood than James Leighton??
He was agile, had strong wrists and commanded his area.
A bit like when he was on stage really.
any news on this stuff yet? :) would be fantastic if we could see those vids, Home again's my favourite album but we haven't seen much of mr. Collins from this period!

Hope everyone is well!



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