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Edwyn Collins

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Best known for his tenure fronting the Scottish pop revivalists Orange Juice as well as his international solo hit "A Girl Like You," singer Edwyn Collins was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1959. In 1976, he formed the Nu-Sonics, who resurfaced three years later as Orange Juice; the leading proponent of the Glasgow neo-pop scene, the band earned a devoted cult following but little commercial success, and by the early '80s Collins was the only remaining founding member. After a self-titled 1984 release failed to chart, Orange Juice disbanded, and Collins was freed from his contract with the group's label, Polydor. A solo career seemed imminent, but the singer struggled; dogged by a reputation as a stubborn, difficult perfectionist unmoved by prevailing commercial attitudes, Collins found no one willing to offer him a contract, and only after a pair of sold-out London performances did Creation's Alan McGee sign him to the label's Elevation subsidiary in 1986. The singles "Don't Shilly Shally" (produced by Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie) and "My Beloved Girl" followed, but both failed to chart; in 1987, Elevation folded, and after Collins and McGee had a falling out, the singer was again left without a contract. Some months later, Collins accepted the opportunity to record at a small German studio run by a group of devoted Orange Juice fans; cut with the aid of producer Dennis Bovell as well as Aztec Camera frontman Roddy Frame, the resulting LP, Hope and Despair, a brooding, ambitious collection spotlighting Collins' smooth, soulful baritone, was eventually picked up by the Demon label and issued in 1989. The album proved quite successful on the independent charts, and soon Collins returned to the studio to record 1990's Spartan Hellbent on Compromise; when the LP failed to repeat its predecessor's good fortune, Demon dropped him from their ranks, and another long sabbatical followed. After spending much of the decade's first half in the producer's seat, overseeing sessions from artists including longtime pal Paul Quinn, the Rockingbirds, A House, and the Frank and Walters, Collins finally earned another shot as a performer: after signing with the tiny U.K. indie Setanta, he recorded 1994's Gorgeous George, a scathing, shimmering set of retro-pop highlighted by the single "A Girl Like You." Slowly, the song became a massive hit throughout Europe as well as the U.S. and returned Collins to the charts for the first time since the 1983 Orange Juice smash "Rip It Up," finally establishing the longstanding cult hero as something of a household name. In 2005, Collins was rushed to the hospital after suffering a severe cerebral hemorrhage; he would eventually spend six months recovering from brain surgery. The album that Collins had been recording prior to his illness was mixed after he was discharged from the hospital. Entitled Home Again, it was released on Heavenly Recordings in September 2007. In 2010 Collins released Losing Sleep, his first new collection of songs since his illness. The album featured guest appearances from a wide range of friends and admirers and showed that Collins was well along the road to recovery. As Collins continued to get stronger, he and James Endeacott, a former A&R man at Rough Trade, formed a new record label, Analogue Enhanced Digital, to release further records by Edwyn and also new artists the duo discovered. He also maintained a regular schedule of playing live shows, and in March of 2013 released a new album for AED, Understated. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Edwyn Collins

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Albums by
Edwyn Collins

Top Songs by
Edwyn Collins

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  2.   A Girl Like You
  3.   The Campaign for Real Rock
  4.   It's Right in Front of You
  5.   Everything and More
  6.   Love's Been Good to Me
  7.   Humble
  8.   The Magic Piper (Of Love)
  9.   Out of This World
  10.   Written in Stone
  11.   It's in Your Heart
  12.   Gorgeous George
  13.   Leviathan
  14.   One Note Wonder, Pt. 1 featuring Carwyn Ellis
  15.   It's a Reason
  16.   Superstar Talking Blues
  17.   Low Expectations
  18.   One Note Wonder, Pt. 2 featuring Carwyn Ellis
  19.   Viewed from All Angles featuring Carwyn Ellis
  20.   Quite Like Silver (Piano Refrain) featuring Carwyn Ellis
  21.   Home Again featuring Carwyn Ellis
  22.   Home Again Harmonies featuring Carwyn Ellis
  23.   Leviathan featuring Carwyn Ellis
  24.   One Is a Lonely Number
  25.   Rip It up (Intermediate Edit)
  26.   Down the Line
  27.   Too Bad (That's Sad)
  28.   31 Years
  29.   Baby Jean
  30.   Searching for the Truth
  31.   Losing Sleep
  32.   I Still Believe In You
  33.   Come Tomorrow, Come Today
  34.   Then I Cried
  35.   Liberteenage Rag
  36.   You'll Never Know (My Love)
  37.   Home Again
  38.   Welwyn Garden City
  39.   Now That It's Love
  40.   Graciously
  41.   Take Care of Yourself
  42.   It Might as Well Be You
  43.   I've Got It Bad
  44.   It Dawns on Me
  45.   Quite Like Silver featuring Carwyn Ellis
  46.   Someone Else Besides
  47.   You Poor Deluded Fool
  48.   Moron
  49.   What's the Big Idea?
  50.   Two Steps Back featuring Carwyn Ellis
  51.   Don't Shilly Shally featuring Barrie Cadogan
  52.   In the Now
  53.   Carry On, Carry On
  54.   Do It Again
  55.   One Track Mind
  56.   A Heavy Sigh
  57.   One Is a Lonely Humber
  58.   Time of the Preacher/Long Time Gone
  59.   Closing Time at the Punk Rock Hotel featuring Carwyn Ellis
  60.   Over The Hill
  61.   Means to an End
  62.   What Is My Role?
  63.   Forsooth
  64.   All My Days
  65.   North of Heaven
  66.   My Girl Has Gone
  67.   Forsaken
  68.   Bored
  69.   Understated
  70.   7th Son
  71.   Dilemna
  72.   Rockin' Roll Baby

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