Orange Juice – The Venue 6.8.1981

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Once again the photographer Justin Thomas has invited me into his treasure trove of wonderful photographs.

How about these glorious pictures of Edwyn and the boys from 1981? Dag nam it, that guitar! That fringe! That shirt! Actually, looking at the photos – Edwyn is wearing a different shirt in a few of these photos – I’m fairly sure the bulk are from Orange Juice at The Venue in London on 6.8.1981, the others are obviously from a very similar time but unless the band had an outfit change mid-set, I guess they are from a separate gig….

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12 Responses

  1. Josef K

    Hi
    I was at he Venue gig. i would say – yes – the majority are from there. I remember the band wore white shirts with colourful hand-painted wavey designs on them. There is also a tape recording of this gig out there if you can find it.

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  2. You are right Mr.K. The ones with check shirt are from The Lyceum in 1980, probably one of the promoter John Curd’s (Straight Music) legendary Sunday night bills. I also have some photos of you Josef, can’t remember if Jo has run them or not yet?

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  3. Anthony McLoughlin

    I was at that gig !
    My first time seeing Orange Juice.I was 16 years old, and went on my own from Sydenham in South East London.A very treasured memory.
    Please write and tell me what you recall.
    I think I was wearing a ‘thorn proof’ tweed suit !!!
    Anthony McLoughlin
    Age 53

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  4. Hi Anthony. Not sure if ur referring 2 Venue or Lyceum gig. Both equally good. I remember being dazzled by Edwyn’s boo’ful guitar & his self-effacing personality. Crisp, short pop beauties of songs & a general air of Scottish bonhomie

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