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Edwyn Collins


Scottish songwriting legend Edwyn Collins is to release a new song – his first since suffering a stroke in 2005.

Edwyn Collins is one of Scotland’s most important songwriters. The lead singer with Orange Juice, the band’s debut single ‘Blue Boy’ lit the torch paper for Scottish pop inspiring everyone from Bell & Sebastian to Teenage Fanclub and beyond.

A maverick talent, in recent years Edwyn Collins carved out a reputation for himself as a noted producer. However the singer suffered a tragic bout of ill-health in 2005 as he fell victim to a debilitating stroke.

Teaching himself to speak and write again, Edwyn Collins recently made an emotional return to the stage. Now the Scottish songwriter has contributed his first new song in five years to a new tribute album.

A salute to soul / gospel icon Mavis Staples, the track ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ is taken from the forthcoming ‘MAVIS’ album. Produced by Ashley Beedle and Darren Moore, the track is a gospel inflected bout of indie-soul.

Due for release on February 22nd, the album also features Candi Staton, Welsh solo artist Cerys Matthews and more.

In an emotional touch, Edwyn Collins’ 19 year old son William blasts through the guitar solo on ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’. Currently working on a solo album, Collins has recruited Ryan Jarman of The Cribs and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols to help craft new material.

Edwyn Collins has confirmed an appearance at the album’s launch party on February 18th. Set in London’s Luminaire venue the Scottish icon will be joined by Ed Harcourt, Kevin Rowland and more.

‘MAVIS’ is due to be released on February 22nd.


Here is a live take on one of his most famous songs.

“A Girl Like You” (Live) – Edwyn Collins

To buy the music of Edwyn Collins click HERE

February 9, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music, Video | , | 1 Comment

Andreas Mattsson

Andreas Mattsson is a Swedish musician, songwriter and composer

He was in the 90s with the indie band Popsicle and released in early 2006 his solo album The Lawlessness Of The Ruling Class.

He also writes songs for other artists, including Christmas Carols and Peter Jöback

Fans of Richard Hawley take note

“It’s Easier To Handle All Your Friends Than To Keep Just One Love Alive”

I was wrong
I should have come along
Those were lazy, hasty days

You were strong
you were the singing of the song
but I stayed, you walked away

I sat down in the summer evening
and waited for the moment to arise
It’s easier to handle all your friends than to keep just one love alive

The gras was wet
empty cans and cigarettes
we kept drinking, sinking deep

You were gone
twice as distant as the sun
I kept thinking I should sleep

But one thing that I learned from you is how to slowly talk away the night
how come it’s easier to handle all your friends than to keep just one love alive

Oh, how come we can’t afford the price
Oh, how come we lose the ones we like

It’s a fact
I’ll never get you back
Still the summer haunts your name

I was wrong
I should have come along
But I stumbled there and stayed

So once again I’ve done it and I wonder:
Will I ever get it right
When it’s much easier to handle all your friends than to keep just one love alive
It’s easier to handle all your friends than to keep just one love alive

To buy the music of Andreas Mattsson click HERE

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, Video | | Leave a comment


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