About Richard Orange, the (Memphis, TN) Commercial
Appeal had this to say: “The Memphis music landscape
hasn't had an eccentric the likes of Richard Orange since, well,
that last British-pop-inspired madman, Alex Chilton. The
differences: Orange isn't concerned with being difficult, and he
has Beatlemania so bad the John Lennon estate should start
paying him royalties.” And Illinois Entertainers editorialized:
“… some Fab Four loyalists will want Richard Orange arrested for
When Orange cites his influences, he lists David Bowie,
XTC, Sting, Eric Clapton, Todd Rundgren, and Claude'
Debussey. But first and foremost, he admits, are John
Lennon and Paul McCartney. But don’t be misled. Though his voice
often raises goose-bumps as a dead-ringer for Paul McCartney,
Richard Orange is not a rip-off artist or a “Beatle imitator” of
the kind you might see in a cheap casino lounge. He uses The
Beatles as a launching pad for inspiration, as did groups such
as Badfinger, ELO, and XTC, whose imitations were tributary, not
Richard’s first album release was "ZUIDER ZEE", in 1975 on
CBS/Columbia Records. In the 1980s and ‘90s, he wrote
prolifically, getting cuts by Cyndi Lauper and a
soundtrack spot in Sylvester Stallone’s film Over the Top.
He re-formed Zuider Zee in 2000 and has been writing,
recording, and performing in Memphis ever since.
Here, LocoBop offers six of his post CBS tracks, all cut in
1978. "Fold Out Girl" and "Long Distance Love" were recorded in
Memphis. "Supernatural", “Shoot Out on Mars” (with Carson
Whitsett), “There’ll Never be Another Night Like This” (with
Amber) and “You Never Even Noticed Me” (also with Amber) were
all recorded in Jackson, MS.