A Sad Lament
The original lineup abruptly fell apart shortly after the release of the debut album, You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever, and although they quickly became the british critics indie darlings commercial success eluded them. However, with the addition of Malcolm Ross, formerly of Postcard labelmates Josef K, and supreme skin-man Zeke Manyika, the group proceeded to make their commercial mark with the timeless soul-inflected Rip It Up, whose title track was to be the group’s biggest UK hit, peaking at #8 in February of 1983.
During the recording of a follow-up, the group fell apart during the recording sessions from which the wonderful Texas Fever mini-LP was culled. Only Collins and Manyika persevered to make their swan song album, The Orange Juice, a collection that signposted the group’s impending demise. Although the album contained some of their finest recordings, the album was the weakest of the three and Collins soon announced that Orange Juice was no more.
Manyika went on to play with Matt Johnson in his band The THE while Edwyn wallowed in semi obscurity, jumping from label to label, until he hit the mother lode with the Austin Powers flavored “A Girl Like You”, which became a huge success on both sides of the Atlantic.