Thursday, April 26, 2012
THE SINGULAR ADVENTURES OF EDWYN COLLINS (Part 7)
ZOP001 had been the catalogue number for the Expressly Yours EP back in October 1994 with its main track being A Girl Like You. It had stalled at #42 in the charts.
ZOP002 had been the catalogue number for If You Could Love Me back in March 1995 with one of its b-sides being the Victorian Spaceman Mix of A Girl Like You.
ZOP003 hit the shops in June 1995. It was a re-release as the single was proving to be a chart hit all across Europe and was now belatedly being acknowledged on Radio 1. The comeback single from the bloke who had a one-hit wonder with Orange Juice 12 years previously.
ZOP003 was released as a 7" single and four-track CD. The 7" had a previously unreleased track which was also on the CD together with the Demo 86 version of Don't Shilly Shally that had been on ZOP001 and a lovely acoustic version of the ZOP002 flop single. So just two tracks not previously featured:-
mp3 : Edwyn Collins - You're On Your Own
mp3 : Edwyn Collins - If You Could Love Me (acoustic version)
This world-wide hit brought fame and huge fortune for Edwyn. It was long overdue. Here's some of the chart positions it achieved:-
Australian ARIA Singles Chart #6
Austrian Singles Chart #7
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart #8
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart #5
Dutch Mega Top 100 #18
Finnish Singles Chart #11
French SNEP Singles Chart #4
German Singles Chart #3
Irish IRMA Singles Chart #8
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart #36
Norwegian Singles Chart #7
Swedish Singles Chart #4
Swiss Singles Chart #9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #32
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks #7
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream #32
UK Singles Chart #4
When you think of how little success there had been over the previous decade, it really is quite astonishing.
It also went on to appear on all sorts of compilation and soundtrack albums. It's inclusion on the soundtrack of the movie Empire Records saw a further promo made:-
And live appearances on US mainstream telly for the great man and an ex-Sex Pistol:-