Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Orchids (almost) complete discography

The collection I present to you today is a zealous, dandy group of albums and singles, guaranteed to elicit a smile. From the start in ‘86, The Orchids have always been a staple band in the Sarah Records canon. I’ve Got a Habit was the second ever Sarah released single and Lyceum was the first full length album the label put out, so the two have always been pretty familial. The singles and Lyceum are before they started experimenting with electronics and are stellar, but feel a little underdeveloped after listening to their post-Unholy Soul work. When I heard a week ago that The Orchids had a third album in a similar approach to Unholy Soul (Striving For Lazy Perfection), I became in a tizzy (or dither, if you prefer), and hunted it down immediately. After imbibing it fully and finding it to be just as amazing as Unholy Soul, I was bowled over by its wondrous immediate appeal. I don’t know why it took me so long to discover this, but I’m glad I finally did and I have listened to it all the way through probably 7 or 8 times in the past week. I’m here to tell you it’s that good. Their fourth album, Good to be a Stranger, released over a decade later (after the band broke up and reformed with a slight line-up change) isn’t quite as good and lacks some of the youthful energy of their previous efforts, but it’s still not shabby and is home to a hit or two. The Orchids are, much like their namesake implies, pop music at its most graceful and luring - and much like fellow Sarah veterans Blueboy - excellent music for the upcoming brisk weather.

Note: This discography is almost complete and is missing only one single, An Ill Wind that Blows, which I can't seem to track down. This upload includes the following:

Sarah 02 - I've Got a Habit (1988)
Sarah 11 - Underneath the Window, Underneath the Sink (1988)
Sarah 23 - What will we do Next? (1989)
Sarah 29 - Something for the Longing (1990)
Sarah 42 - Penetration EP (1991)
Sarah 66 - Thaumaturgy (1992)
Lyceum LP (1989)
Unholy Soul LP (1991)
Striving for Lazy Perfection LP (1994)
Good to be a Stranger LP(2007)

Kind of a large file, but totally worth it.



  1. This looks like quite a feat of detective work and compiling! Trouble is, the file is gone.
    Any chance you can re-up?

  2. Sure thing, gimme a day or two and I'll have it back up for you

  3. Hi there!

    Any chance of reuploading the file? It seems this one has reached Rapidshare's 10-download limit...

  4. Yeah its a rather large file, so it might take a couple of days. My internet has been pretty slow lately, but I'll get it up for ya

  5. Sorry it took so long to get this re-upped, I finally have working internet now, and I didn't for so long, so it was hard to upload large files. but the link's fixed and all should be in order :)

  6. could you please re-up this pleasepleaseplease :)

  7. So much for that re-up. Thanks anyway.

  8. I've been looking for their discography everywhere, and this is the only site that I've found. Reupload, please.

  9. I would be truly grateful if you could reupload this amazing collection...