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Aztec Camera

Aztec Camera


Like any other decade the '80s produced numerous one-hit wonders. But the thing about the '80s was people finally came to the realization the charts didn't matter. The one "hit" was more the group's signature song rather than a chart topper. "Oblivious" was Aztec Camera's song.

The group, hailing from Scotland, was built around guitarist/vocalist Roddy Frame. Frame had a way with lyrics and music styles. The latter was ultimately his undoing since he stretched beyond the audience's grasp. "Oblivious" was one of those rare creations; an acoustic song that Rocks. Under the guitar the bass thumped along with a playful spirit. "Oblivious" had a great rhythm, an undeniable intimacy and an upbeat feel, even though the lyrics took a couple dark turns.





Another memorable Aztec Camera effort was an acoustic version of Van Halen's mega-hit "Jump." While a cover of any Van Halen song might be questionable, in Frame's hands, the thing works. It's really more of an alternative interpretation than a cover.

Later, with and without Aztec Camera, Frame tried his hand at incorporating House and Rap without much success.


Aztec Camera Discography

Albums:

1983 High Land, Hard Rain
1984 Knife
1987 Love
1990 Stray
1993 Dreamland
1995 Frestonia

"High Land, Hard Rain" Aztec Camera's debut containing "Oblivious" is the obvious choice.


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