Scottish bands like Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, and Jesus and Mary Chain will all concur: If it were not for Orange Juice in the late '70s and early '80s, they would not sound the way they do. Their musical environments would have a limited, London/Manchester-built landscape. Their artist manifestos would have read like the Sex Pistols liner notes. Their outlook on punk, art, pop, and the space where music meets commerce would have been drastically different.
Orange Juice were revolutionary innovators, both musically and commercially. They were indie before "indie" was a word, and their subtly provocative sound and image was unlike anything anyone had ever heard. And while they never really landed a big hit, or made their way across the pond with much fanfare, their offspring most certainly did.