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Roddy Frame


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East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland (1998 – present)

Roddy Frame (born January 29, 1964 in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland) is the founder of the 1980s Scottish indie band, Aztec Camera. They released their first album, High Land, Hard Rain, when Frame was aged nineteen. It spawned the hit single Oblivious, and Aztec Camera were recognised as one of the key acts on Glasgow’s Postcard record label, along with Orange Juice and Josef K.

Frame later signed to Rough Trade. Aztec Camera’s biggest hit was 1987’s Somewhere In My Heart, which reached number 3 in the UK singles chart and is still a staple of FM radio. Frame duetted with one of his musical heroes, Mick Jones of The Clash, on his 1990 single Good Morning Britain, which showcased an overtly political streak that sometimes featured in his work. He also recorded with the Japanese composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto. Aztec Camera disbanded in 1996 after the release of their final album Frestonia.

Frame is now pursuing a solo career. His first solo album The North Star came out in 1998 and featured the single Reason For Living. There was a change of gear for 2002’s Surf, an album of acoustic songs that attracted widespread critical acclaim and was generally seen as a return to Frame’s best songwriting form. The track Small World was used as the theme music to the BBC TV comedy series, Early Doors.


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  • Bullhassocks

    It's heartbreaking that someone like George Ezra has 2.7m scrobbles while a real genius like Roddy Frame scrapes a mere 154,000. The only scant comfort is that today's crop of over-hyped boy wonders are unlikely to be producing songs of the quality of Roddy's current output when they turn 50.

    4 Jan 11:14am Reply
  • Akayz7

    outstanding voice.

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bilzebub

    Impatiently awaiting the next album!! [Any news??]

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
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  • Gershwins

    and he did a really good performance at primavera sound 2010!

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Gershwins

    roddie frame live at ronnie scott's really good - check it out

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • SebastianJunior

    "Reason for Living" is such a melodic anthemic emotionally powerful song. I never tire of listening to it. Not familiar with his other solo work.

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • kfa444

    That's a matter of opinion and you are fully entitled to yours....for me, well that's to difficult to call. Completely different moods created on each album, both classics in their own right if you ask me.....why does there have to be a competition?

    12 Aug 2008 Reply
  • newkid7

    The North Star is better than Surf

    19 Dec 2007 Reply