**PIC Blur-endorsed Icelandic duo move from techno to post-punk on an itchy claustrophobic debut
The Best Of
That [B]Roddy Frame[/B] was blessed with a precocious talent is normally accepted without question....
With hindsight, those early records - particularly the subsequent hits 'Oblivious' and 'Pillar To Post' - suffered from a chronic case of '80s Syndrome. Like The Pale Fountains and Orange Juice, Aztec Camera were rocking that indie wine-bar swingbeat chic, which meant you never knew when they were going to break into a funky bass solo or samba rumble next.
By the time Frame came to record his second album - 1984's highly successful 'Knife'- he'd lost it completely, right down to enlisting Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler as producer. From here, it was a short stumble into the last stage of '80s Syndrome: cod-soul. Although, this period produced 'Somewhere In My Heart' - Frame's most successful single to date - it also gave us 'Good Morning Britain', a collaboration with Mick Jones and one of the worst records made.
This compilation includes all of this, and - to make up the numbers - 'Reason For Living', a solo single from last year where Frame attempted to reinvent himself as Ian McCulloch. Some people still think he was a genius. They should try listening to this.
The Californian garage king's T Rex covers album shows his melodic muscle
Johnny Depp plays a monstrous Boston gangster in a disguise so unsettling you’ll struggle to recognise him
An EP dedicated to victims of the Paris attacks shows the Foos are on defiant form
The Radiohead guitarist explores traditional Indian music, with mostly impressive results