THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Orange Juice – “The Day I Went Down To Texas”.
By the time Orange Juice headed into the studio to record their third album, they were coming off the biggest hit of their career (the “Rip It Up” single). When they left the studio some time later, the album had become an EP (Texas Fever, 1984) and two of the members (guitarist Malcolm Ross and original bassist David McClymont) had flown the coop.
Despite the tumult, the resulting music is textbook OJ guitar pop that brims with shiny hooks, snarkily sophisticated lyrics, and bubbling rhythms. Edwyn Collins turns in the usual clutch of witty, impossibly catchy songs that really sound like hits, but somehow ended up misses instead.
“The Day I Went Down to Texas” is a typically classy track with a brilliantly placed double-time chorus that simply screams Motown in the best non-copycat way.