Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Down the dip

On the new Fountains of Wayne grab-bag compilation "Out Of State Plates" there's a faithful cover version of Aztec Camera's "Killermont Street" which I would love more if it didn't sound JUST LIKE the original but at least it got me delving back into Roddy Frame's back catalogue and reminiscing on the highs and lows of my associations with the band.....Hearing High land, Hard Rain an marvelling at what a complete stunning album it was/is and thinking even then he would never better it and that's pretty sad when you consider Roddy was I believe 12 when he made it......When for ten minutes back when "Somewhere In My Heart" was a top pop chart hit the band was the belle of Smash Hits and seeing the band at Portsmouth Guildhall surrrounded by screaming teenage girls who at least wasn't obscuring my view......Being told that a meeting in a small Southsea park wasn't as I thought a reconcilliation but a break-up but being given a copy of their "Dreamland" album as a parting gift that I made a big show of throwing in the nearest garbage bin. Oh heady days! So three Aztec Camera songs for your pleasure, "We Could Send Letters" from High Land, Hard Rain, their great cover of "Jump" from around the time of "Knife" their second album and the aforementioned "Killermont Street" from their third album "Love." It appears Roddy is touring in various places for the rest of the year and plenty of news can be found at the website linked below.

Aztec Camera website can be found here


Jun Eric Pilar said...

Hmmn...It's been years of drought & haziness,I miss Roddy & Co. but athanks again Steve for putting it up & i love "Mattress Of Wire" & "We Could Send Letters",i wonder how many years have pass by?Are we expecting more on the sound of young Scotland?cheers!

dickvandyke said...

Ta very much for the Aztecs tracks - it's been a while.