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Glasgow, United Kingdom

Aztec Camera was a Scottish / band from Glasgow.

The line-up of the band changed several times over the years, but the constant member had been guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Roddy Frame. Founding members included Campbell Owens (bass) and Dave Mulholland (drums). Ex-Bluebells bassist Craig Gannon was a member from 1983 through 1985, before joining The Smiths. Guitarist Malcolm Ross (formerly of Josef K and Orange Juice) also joined in 1983, and appeared on the Knife album.

Aztec Camera first gained recognition as part of the Scottish scene along with bands like Orange Juice and Josef K, all of which released singles on the influential Glasgow-based label Postcard records. The band’s first UK 7” single was released by Postcard in 1981, containing the songs “Just Like Gold” and “We Could Send Letters”. The latter was included on the NME’s C81 compilation, which pointed strongly towards the future movement in the United Kingdom.

Though most commonly remembered generally as part of the New Wave era, Aztec Camera has gone through numerous stylistic changes throughout their career, ranging from stripped-down, almost pastoral to slicker, more sophisticated rock as well as and influenced acoustic ballads. As Roddy Frame’s guitar playing has always been the signature of the band’s music, might be a more succinct description.


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    Somewhere In My Heart

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  • ajablagargala

    The more I listen to it the more I'm thinking Frestonia will top Stray as my second favorite AC album.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • im_in_limbo

    better than the smiths

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • SonnyGideon1

    Frestonia is almost as good as High Land Hard Rain. Total masterpieces

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    What's Roddy Frame doing nowadays ??? and now in his 40s

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Vocoder1000

    I like Aztec Camera!!!

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • reginik

    lovely band

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • simontogo

    stray is OK..

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ajablagargala

    Stray is mighty fine too.

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Witchpenis

    High Land, Hard Rain is just so great

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • R3V0LV3R_2011

    Finally, Aztec Camera tracks & albums available for purchase on iTunes USA.

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • simontogo

    High Land, Hard Rain and Knife !

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mvkut37

    sounds so good

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
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    Yeah ... What zombilicous said ...

    2 Jan 2012 Reply
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  • mattsmith92

    'High Land, Hard Rain' is so perfect!!

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
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    And what we need is not security, something more than a law.

    23 Aug 2011 Reply
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    Walk Out To Winter is so perfect

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
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    I recently did as well, so amazing

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