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on 1 September 2011
If you thought that the 80's was all about Duran Duran, Culture Club, FGTH and the like, think again..

You may be familiar with the title track 'Rip it up' - a jaunty, upbeat song that is instantly recognized whenever played on the radio..
But this album has more to offer than that.. It is a superb collection of upbeat, fantastic pop songs and doesn't suffer the usual fate of 80's albums by sounding too dated.

So, who were Orange Juice?
Well, younger ones among you, may just have heard of lead singer, Edwyn Collins from his 1994 song 'a girl like you'..
but way back, in the early eighties, he along with James Kirk, David McClymont, Steven Daly, Malcolm Ross & Zeke Manyika, formed Orange Juice and produced just four albums in the six years they were together.

'Rip it up' is arguably their best and most well known, due to the title track and it's not hard to see why.

The mood of the album is mostly upbeat, the songs are catchy and will certainly grow on you very quickly.
along with the title track, songs like 'Flesh of my Flesh', 'A Million Pleading Faces' & 'I Can't Help Myself' are nice catchy tunes and have a nice tempo and are likely to stick in your memory for quite a while.
Even the slower songs, such as 'Breakfast Time' & 'Louise Louise' & 'Mud in your eye' can hardly be thought of as typical ballads - they have a jaunty and playful sound to them.
In all, there's a good mixture of rhythm and interesting lyrics here.. and some of the guitar work and rhythms really are worth listening for.

--"Here's a penny for your thoughts - incidentally, you may keep the change"--

Love that lyric - I really must use it more often in conversation!

Indeed, it is well worth listening to the lyrics rather than just enjoying the tunes.. Edwyn Collins is a master songwriter and his style is somewhat reminiscent of Morrissey - well, in so far that his method of observation goes.. certainly not anywhere as melancholy or mournful!
This certainly isn't just throwaway pop, the album is a touch of class throughout.

I only wish I had bought this album way back when it was released.. it's always the case, that I unearth forgotten classics, like this, years after they come out.
This album was well worth unearthing and I love nothing better than popping this on my Walkman, on a sunny day and wallowing in the breezy and catchy collection of songs.

If your lucky, you may lay your hands on a special edition disc, which contains some extra tracks and 12" mixes.
It's hard to understand how the album and singles didn't do better at the time.. only 'Rip it up' bothered the top 40 singles charts at the time and the album only just scraped into the top 40 albums.. a real shame.

This is my album to listen to for summer 2012 - only 30 years too late!

Track listing:

1 "Rip It Up" - 5:19
2 "A Million Pleading Faces" - 3:14
3 "Mud in Your Eye" - 3:56
4 "Turn Away" - 3:19
5 "Breakfast Time" - 5:10
6 "I Can't Help Myself" - 5:05
7 "Flesh of My Flesh" - 3:15
8 "Louise Louise" - 2:51
9 "Hokoyo" - 5:06
10 "Tenterhook" - 5:01
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on 9 February 2016
This, as a kid, was the first O.J. record I owned. I realise their earlier records were/are considered to be far cooler - they were back in the early '80s when I first bought this too - but they were also already surprisingly difficult to come by and I didn't hear them 'til a couple of years later.

Despite the radical changes in sound and line-up and glossier production values - remember they were competing with the likes of Haircut 100 when this was released - Rip It Up remains my favourite O.J. album... aside from the peerless posthumous Ostrich Churchyard, of course (since included in full on Domino's Glasgow School compilation). The pitched-down reggae-fied version of nascent B-side "Breakfast Time", the quintessential ly wry Edwyn-isms of "Mud In Your Eye" and "Louise, Louise" (the latter song is virtually the only thing here that harks back to the lilting jangle of their earlier Postcard-era), the classic pop singles "Flesh Of My Flesh" and the title track, and the climactic arch-soul (heh!) ballad "Tenterhook" - arguably one of Edwyn's finest songs EVER - make this a must-have LP. And, though it took me a long time to warm to them, narrow-minded music snob that I used to be, the two African-infuenced tracks are outstanding too - I can understand why listeners were turned off by them at the time but they sound terrific now.

Domino's recent reissue omits the additional songs that were included on the first CD edition, I definitely recommend you buy the latter if you can find a copy.
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on 12 August 2013
This is a wonderful, wonderful record. It has been pretty much unavailable for years - this is the first time in ages it has been available on CD and I've been making do with a second hand vinyl copy for the last two decades. In the Official Sound of Young Scotland / Postcard / Edwyn Collins history, this and the third album seem to have been relegated to the unfortunate Major Label period with chin-stroking critical opinion favouring the early singles and "You Can't Hide Your Love Forever". Heretically, though, this is my favourite version of Orange Juice. The songs and the playing are so sharp, and the smarts and slickness add rather than detract. There's a lovely African High Life feel to a lot of the numbers, but done with a featherlight touch. "Hokoyo", "Flesh Of My Flesh", 80s student disco hardy perennial "Rip It Up" and the peerless "I Can't Help Myself" still sound marvellous and uplifting even at 30 years remove. For a band often credited and blamed for subsequent waves of fey shambling incompetent Indie Kids with floppy fringes, they execute some pretty nifty funky turns and soulful touches.

Edwyn's done a load of great records over the years but this is the one I always come back to. If nothing else, for the hilarious and ingenious way he references the Buzzcocks lyrically and musically in the title track. Only the most charming man in Scotland could get away with that. Even David Tennant would struggle ...
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on 29 October 2014
spent ages trying to track down this album on CD as I had it on tape- yes I'm that old! cost a fortune but just had to have it.
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on 16 February 2014
rip it up by orange juice very cd listen to to it you will enjoy it. quick delevery thank you.
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on 25 October 2014
great
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on 25 September 2014
good
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on 6 November 2014
not a cut on the original OJ and propped up by the title track - which is good, but reflective of the odd early 80s scene of post-punk meets disco-pap - haircut100 comes to mind
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