Former Orange Juice man draws massive crowd to King Tut's Wah Wah Tent
Coming onstage to rapturous applause, the Scottish indie legend took his place on a stool in the centre of the stage, offering the crowd a cheery, “Hello, it’s good to be here,” by way of an introduction.
His five-piece band launched into an impassioned version of the 1980 debut single by his old band Orange Juice, ‘Falling And Laughing’.
Before playing solo track ‘Home Again’, Collins joked with the crowd by asking them, “What do you want?”, rhetorically. The slow-paced song went down well with the sufficiently woozy crowd filling up the tent.
One of the biggest cheers of the evening came when Collins played perhaps his most enduring track – Orange Juice‘s 1983 UK Top Ten hit ‘Rip It Up’. “Now the next song – ‘Rip It Up’ and start again – is a classic, isn’t it?!” he quipped, before playing the Scottish funk anthem.
“I’m very proud of you,” he told the cheering crowd after finishing the track.
Collins, who has made a remarkable comeback after suffering serious illness in 2005, then debuted a new song, ‘I’m Losing Sleep’, describing the track as a cross between northern soul, punk and a ’60s girl group song. Featuring a punching drumbeat, light keyboard touches and touching lyrics, the song went down particularly well with the audience.
The euphoric end to Collins‘ set continued when he announced the gig’s final song – his mid-90’s paean to northern soul, ‘A Girl Like You’. The track garnered a huge response from the crowd, who sang along to the famous guitar line and chorus until well after the singer had left the stage.
Edwyn Collins played:
‘Falling And Laughing’
‘Make Me Feel Again’
‘Rip It Up’
‘I’m Losing Sleep’
‘A Girl Like You’
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