Tuesday, 7 August 2018

release date - the Orchids

the Orchids formed in Glasgow in 1985, releasing their first flexi, on the Sha La La label in 1987

"I've Got A Habit" came in 1988 - it was the second single release on the legendary Sarah Records

Their fourth single, "An Ill Wind That Blows" was released on Caff, the label run by Bob Stanley (of the band Saint Etienne) - the label also released 7"es by Pulp and the Manic Street Preachers

In 1989 the Orchids released Lyceum, the first long player on Sarah Records (described by Melody Maker as "Another fountainhead of unqualified greatness")

This was followed by Unholy Soul (1991 - "A beautiful album – timeless melodies for sure."), Epicurean (a compilation) and Striving For the Lazy Perfection (1994 - "Encompassing everything from dream pop to trip-hop, it's certainly a product of its time and place, yet it also possesses a certain timeless quality")

All three albums were produced by Ian Carmichael, a member of One Dove

In 1995 the Orchids played at the Sarah Records farewell party on board the Thekla in Bristol

The band then when quiet for just over a decade before releasing their fourth album proper in 2007 - Good To Be A Stranger - "it doesn’t matter if this is just a one-off because the Orchids have added another classic album to their already impressive back catalogue"

Fans just had a three year wait for The Lost Star, and their sixth album, Beatitude#9 came out in 2014

I Never Learn / Echos (Have Hope) is their 10th single, and is released by wiaiwya on 7th August 2018

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