Aztec Camera









Aztec Camera

Aztec Camera

was a Scottish music group who played New Wave style of music. The group was from Glasgow. The group released music from 1983 until 1999. They changed members many times during the first few years of their career. Roddy Frame was one who was there throughout the term. He was a guitarist, vocalist, and song writer. The founding members were Malcolm Ross (guitar player) and formerly a member of the group Josef K and Orange Juice. He joined the group in 1984 and appeared on the second album released which was called, Knife (1984). The first album that Aztec Camera released was High Land, Hard Rain in 1983. Aztec Cameraís music was considered by some to have been chosen from the post punk movement but their music is mainly acoustic style and may be described by some as Indie guitar music. The groupís first single in the U. K. was Just Like Gold, and on the flip side, We Could Send Letters. The single was released in March, 1981 by Glascow based Indie label, Postcard records. An acoustic version of the song, We Could Send Letters, was also on the C81 compilation cassette, which was released by NME in 1981. The groupís second single, Mattress of Wire, was the last Postcard record released before Aztec Camera signed with the record label, Rough trade. Their U. S. Releases were on the Sire records label.

Aztec Camera released their debut album, High Land, Hard rain in April, 1983. The album met with great success and received significant critical acclaim for itís well made, multi layered pop style. The band continued releasing albums and most of them were written and played by Roddy Frame. After the group released their sixth album, Frestonia, Roddy decided to record under his own name and left the record label, WEA. Some of the popular singles released by Aztec Camera were Oblivious, Still On Fire, Walk Out To Winter, Somewhere In My Heart, and Good Morning Britain. Good Morning Britain was a duet with Mick Jones, former, The Clash, guitar player.

There were 7 albums which were released by the Aztec Camera group and the seventh one was actually a best of collection from the groups overall collection. Their albums were High Land, Hard Rain (1983), Knife (1984), Love (1987), Stray (1990), Dreamland (1993), Frestonia (1995), and The Best of Aztec Camera. The group also released 17 singles. They have a large fan base and they have made their mark in the rock music industry so they will not be forgotten any time soon. One never knows, they may be back with more. There are many musicians who come and go and this group will definitely be remembered.