Well, here we are already at the end of the ‘A’s in my musical journey, with Aztec Camera. I have two of their albums – Love (1987) and The Best of Aztec Camera (1999). Not unusually for a compilation album, the latter includes many of the tracks from the former.
I have listened to Aztec Camera’s music a lot over the years. It is interesting to reflect now on where they feature in the soundtrack of my life, as it were. I cannot recall any specific memories, and it seems as if the songs have just always been around. There are some particularly well known ones, such as Oblivious and Somewhere in my heart. Others are also really familiar to me, such as How Men Are. Running through the tracks again for this project has not been the same kind of ‘Wow, where have you been!’ experience, like it was with ABBA’s music. It’s been more like snuggling into on an old comfy jumper that you found at the back of the wardrobe which you thought you had given away to a charity shop and then regretted.
I have also found it rather poignant to read about Roddy Frame, the main driving force behind the band. It appears that he was the only member of the band to keep its name going after the band’s initial success. He was responsible for Aztec Camera’s short-lived revival in 1990 with Good Morning Britain. When listening to this track, I don’t know whether this is with the benefit of hindsight, but it sounds strained, as if the performers are trying just that little bit too hard. It’s still a good song though.
In the interests of high-quality blog knowledge-provision, I have searched for intelligence behind the naming of the band. Alas, the internet has been utterly bereft of help in this regard. If you know anything about this, or if Roddy is out there and fancies shedding any light on this issue, do feel free to leave a comment.
In the meantime, the next post will be interactive. You have been warned…