Saturday 20 January 2018

Take That: Jason Orange's top 5 best bits

Take That in a still from the 'Do What You Like' video, their first video, which saw them writhe around semi-naked with jelly and custard. As you do.
Take That in a still from the 'Do What You Like' video, their first video, which saw them writhe around semi-naked with jelly and custard. As you do.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Jason Orange has quit Take That and, although the outcry from fans hasn't perhaps been as manic as it was when the band split in 1996, you can be sure there are a few 30/40-something ladies sniffling in the office loos today.

Jason (44) is leaving Gary Barlow, Howard Donal and Mark Owen to man the Take That ship as a trio because "I just no longer wish to do this".

Fair enough Jason.  We wish you well.  Here's a few of your best bits for fans to remember you by...

 

It was Jason’s idea to add jelly to the ‘Do What You Like’ video.

Jason may not have crooned or played any instruments on the group’s early releases, but it was Mr Orange who had the genius idea to add jelly to the mix when they writhed their way, semi-naked, through their very first video, for ‘Do What You Like’. 

Speaking to Graham Norton in 2011, Jason said, “We were starting off in a new career, you want to make an impression,you want to shock people, let’s get our arses out on telly.”

It was not his idea to get their arses out, but he said, “it was my idea to put jelly on the arses”.  Without that jelly who knows where they’d be now? 

 

He won a dance off with Howard on the Progress tour.

Gary may be the songwriter, and Mark may have a sweet wee voice, but Jason can MOVE.  He displayed his wildly superior dance skills in a dance off with Howard on the Progress tour, and won hands (legs, and torso) down.

 

He sang 'Wooden' Boat beautifully.

What’s all this about Jason not being able to sing?  He flexed his vocal cords with his own composition, Wooden Boat, on the Beautiful World album.  And it’s, well, beautiful.  Jason reportedly cried whilst recording the song in studio.

 

He’s just a normal bloke.

When Take That split back in 1996, Jason thought he was finished.  However, he dusted himself off and tried acting, first with a three episode stint in Killer Net, an adaptation of a Lynda LaPlante novel, followed by a turn on stage in Gob. 

When those forays into the field failed to prove fruitful he took himself back to college, enrolling at South Trafford College in Altrincham to study psychology, biology, history and sciences at A-Level.  Fair play

 

He aced his 'Shameless' cameo.

That withering look...  Who said Jason can’t act?

 

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