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.
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