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Monday, 9 August 2010

How Can You Sleep On A Mattress Of Wire?

Aztec Camera's Roddy Frame is the indie hero who has kept this status despite recording some deeply slick and commercial music over the years, notably during his stay at WEA. At first though he was on Postcard where he released two singles before jumping to Rough Trade where he had the perfect 80s indie hit Oblivious. Roddy has said he will never have the Postcard singles released on CD, which appeals to the purist in me, if not the have-everything-on-one-disc collector in me. This is Mattress Of Wire, his second single on Postcard, which tends to go on ebay for about a tenner. Good value if you ask me. In a link to today's Rockingbirds post when Edwyn Collins toured following his recovery from three life threatening illnesses a few years ago, Roddy was on guitar. On the night Mrs Swiss and I saw them at Manchester Academy 2 Roddy was blistering, in a non-guitar hero kind of way, especially during the solo in A Girl Like You.
What's particularly stunning about this song, Mattress Of Wire, is that it was written, recorded and released by a teenager.


drew said...

At the ABC in Glasgow, Roddy did the same thing, came over all mad axeman during A Girl Like You.

It's about time the boy wonder toured again. He was partly responsible for me starting the blog. I met JC for the first time at a Frame gig and he sort of nudged me on. So not everything he is responsible for is good.

swiss adam said...

You do yerself a dis-service Drew.