Aztec Camera

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: new wave 80s scottish pop post-punk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This acclaimed band was formed in 1980 by Roddy Frame (29 January 1964, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland), as a vehicle for his songwriting talents. The other members, Campbell Owens (bass), and Dave Mulholland (drums), soon passed through, and a regular turnover in band members ensued while Frame put together the songs that made up 1983’s exceptionally strong debut High Land, Hard Rain. Two hits (‘Just Like Gold’ and ‘Mattress Of Wire’) in the UK independent charts on the influential Postcard Records label had already made the band a critics’ favourite before they moved to London and signed to Rough Trade Records. The debut, recorded with Owens and drummer Dave Ruffy, was a sparkling and memorable album of light acoustic songs with a mature influence of jazz and Latin rhythms. ‘Oblivious’ reached number 18 in the UK singles chart the same year, while excellent songs such as the uplifting ‘Walk Out To...

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