Falling and Laughing

"Falling and Laughing" is the debut single by Scottish post-punk band Orange Juice. It was the first single released by the independent rock label Postcard Records. "Falling and Laughing" marked a new shift of the post-punk sound in genera, by using themes that were not normally used in the genre: such as love and innocence. It also had a brighter sound, contrasting with the music that their contemporaries, (including Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen), were making at the time, while still maintaining its roots in the experimentalism of the genre.[2]

"Falling and Laughing"
Single by Orange Juice
A-side"Falling and Laughing"
B-side"Moscow Olympics/Moscow"
ReleasedFebruary 1980
RecordedDecember 1979
LabelPostcard Records
Songwriter(s)Edwyn Collins
Producer(s)Orange Juice
Orange Juice singles chronology
"Falling and Laughing"
"Blue Boy"

A re-recording of the song appears on the band's 1982 debut album You Can't Hide Your Love Forever.

The first 963 copies came with a free flexi-disc, containing an early version of Felicity: a song written by James Kirk and later covered by the Wedding Present.[3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Falling and Laughing" - (4:00)
  2. "Moscow" - (2:01)
  3. "Moscow Olympics" - (2:07)


  1. ^ Alexander, Phil (1 April 2014). "20 Great Post-Punk Tracks". Mojo. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Postcard Records - TweeNet". Twee.net. 1 September 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ "I Wish I Was A Flexidisc: Orange Juice - Felicity flexi (1980)". Iwishiwasaflexidisc.blogspot.co.uk. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2014.