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Edwyn Collins

born on 23/8/1959 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Edwyn Collins

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Edwyn Collins

Edwyn Stephen Collins (born 23 August 1959) is an Ivor Novello Award winning[1] Scottish musician, playing mostly electric guitar-driven pop. Collins formed the musical group Nu-Sonics in 1976, which later became Orange Juice.[2] He has since pursued a solo career as a musician, in addition to work as an illustrator, television actor and producer, and as a record producer. He achieved considerable success with his 1994 song "A Girl Like You".


Orange Juice had a Number-8 hit single with "Rip It Up", their only UK Top 40 single and biggest commercial success. In 1985, Orange Juice disbanded; after some difficulty finding a record label with which to sign, Collins began his solo career a year later after signing with the Elevation subsidiary of Creation Records.[2]

Collins released a 1994 single, "A Girl Like You", which was a hit in both the UK and the U.S. and was featured in the films Empire Records, The Secretary and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. "The Magic Piper (of Love)", a 1997 single that featured on the soundtrack of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, was also released.

He built his own recording studio in 1994 and produced his own third solo album, Gorgeous George. He has also worked extensively as a record producer with other artists, including The Proclaimers, Vic Godard, A House, Space, Robert Forster, The Cribs, and Little Barrie. In 2005, Collins produced the album The New Fellas recorded by The Cribs.

In May 2009, he won the Ivors Inspiration Award in recognition of his struggles following a double brain haemorrhage in 2005.[1]

In addition to his music career, Collins has also produced and starred in the Channel 4 sitcom, West Heath Yard. Collins released his first book of illustrations with Morel Books in 2009.

On 2 October 2009, Collins's wife, Grace Maxwell, detailed her "running battle" with Warner Music Group and MySpace over his right to allow fans to listen to "A Girl Like You" for free on his MySpace page.[3]

"Losing Sleep" was released on 13 September 2010 in the UK. It's Collins's first written and recorded album since his serious illness in 2005. It was recorded at his own West Heath Studios between November 2008 and May 2010 and produced by the former Orange Juice frontman and Sebastian Lewsley. He collaborated with The Cribs' Ryan Jarman and Johnny Marr, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, The Magic Numbers singer Romeo Stodart, The Drums and Aztec Camera singer Roddy Frame.

Personal life

Collins was born in Edinburgh. He is married to Grace Maxwell, who is also his manager. The couple live in London and have one son, William, who maintains his father's MySpace page.[4]

In a BBC 6 Music radio interview on 18 February 2005, Collins had said he felt unwell, but ascribed the nausea and vertigo to food poisoning. Two days later, he was admitted to intensive care in London's Royal Free Hospital after apparently suffering a major cerebral hemorrhage. After suffering a second haemorrhage he had an operation on 25 February 2005, which was followed by a lengthy programme of neurological rehabilitation owing to right-sided weakness and difficulty with speech.[5] The aphasia he suffered allowed him to repeat only four phrases, over and over again: "yes", "no", "Grace Maxwell" and "the possibilities are endless".[6]

Collins released his sixth solo album in September 2007 on Heavenly Records entitled Home Again.[2] The album was recorded before his illness but mixed after his discharge from hospital. Collins is still on the road to recovery, and he has returned to singing live, including playing a gig at The Arts Theatre in London. A tribute song, celebrating his return, was recorded by the Indiepop band The Candy Twins.[7] In November 2009 Collins walked on stage at Londons Bloomsbury Ballroom. Leaning on a silver-topped cane, he spoke slowly to the crowd, his right arm curled up at his side. "But when he started to sing, his baritone proved as powerful as ever."[8]

A BBC Scotland documentary, Edwyn Collins:Home Again, was broadcast on 19 May 2008 and narrated by Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos. Filmed during 2007, it followed Collins's progress in recovering from his illness, and his first return to live performance at the BBC Electric Proms. He also performed at the Glastonbury Festival, broadcast on 28 June 2008 on BBC Two and at T in the Park on 10 July 2009. On 20 February 2010 he joined The Maccabees onstage at Brixton Academy for their encore, performing vocals on a rendition of "Rip It Up".

In 2010, he received an honorary masters degree from the Buckinghamshire New University in recognition of his "strong influences and contribution to the national and international music industry over the last three decades".[9] On 21 August 2010 he attended the Helmsdale Highland Games as the chieftain, an honour also previously bestowed on his grandfather.[10]

On 30 September 2010, Collins and his band broadcast three numbers live from the Royal Beacon Hotel in Exmouth for BBC Radio 2's Radcliffe and Maconie Show.[11] Music journalist, Stuart Maconie had earlier written his very first NME article, by reviewing Collins' 1987 gig at the Manchester International.[12]

On 30 July 2011, Collins performed at the Indietracks festival at the Midland Railway, Butterley.

Solo discography

  • Hope and Despair - Demon, 1989
  • Hellbent on Compromise - Diablo, 1990
  • Gorgeous George - Setanta, 1994, UK #8, US #183
  • I'm Not Following You - Epic, 1997, UK #55
  • Doctor Syntax - Setanta, 2002
  • A Casual Introduction 1981/2001 - Setanta, 2002 (collection of Orange Juice and solo work)
  • Home Again - Heavenly Records, 2007, UK #90
  • Losing Sleep - Heavenly Records, 2010, UK #54

See also

  • List of Scottish musicians
  • List of 1990s one-hit wonders in the United States
  • List of number-one singles in Australia during the 1990s
  • List of British comedians
  • Empire Records


  1. 1.0 1.1 article. (22 May 2009). Retrieved on 2009-07-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ankeny, Jason (23 August 1959). [Edwyn Collins at All Music Guide Allmusic biography]. Retrieved on 2009-07-26.
  3. Edwyn Collins' manager blasts MySpace and major labels over 'A Girl Like You'. NME (2 October 2009). Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  4. Logged in as click here to log out, article,, 4 July 2007. URL accessed on 2009-07-26.
  5. Goddard, Simon, 'I was dead - and I was resurrected',, 2007-08-17. URL accessed on 2009-07-26.
  6. Edwyn Collins: Back with a vengeance at
  7. YouTube - The Candy Twins Edwyn Collins is Back (tribute song). (25 February 2007). Retrieved on 2009-07-26.
  8. Musician, heal thyself, CBC News. URL accessed on 2009-10-20.
  9. University to honour Olympic gold hero (From Bucks Free Press). (31 August 2010). Retrieved on 2012-01-02.
  10. "This Years Chieftain 2010" Retrieved 26 September 2010
  11. The Radcliffe & Maconie Show 30/09/10 at
  12. Maconie, Stuart (2004). Cider With Roadies, 1st, London: Random House.

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