Monday, 15 December 2008

The Discos of Christmas Past - No 2

Not a big disco single, this one, but a big winter favourite for me from Aztec Camera.

Roddy Frame looked so cool in his suede jacket with the tassels down the arms! Now I think he looks thin and young, and a bit nondescript, really. Was his haircut actually fashionable? It makes me think of Bluebottle, off the Goon Show.

The video is a live performance from Pebble Mill at One, a particularly naff daytime TV show that went out at one o'clock in the afternoon.



This song was 3 minutes 11 seconds of jangly musical genius, perfect for walking along side streets and country lanes with my hands stuffed in my pockets, feeling young and in lurve, and thinking about doing something poetic and heroic amid all the Thatcherite bleak midwinter.

We met in the summer
And walked in the fall
And breathless we talked, it was tongues.
Despite what they'll say,
It wasn't youth, we hit the truth

The faces of Strummer
Fell from your wall
And nothing was left were they hung [*]
So sweet and bitter,
They're what we found
So drink them down
and

Walk out to winter,
I swear I'll be there.
Chill will wake you,
High and dry
You'll wonder why.
Walk out to winter,
I swear I'll be there.
Chance is buried
Just below
The blinding snow.

You burn on the breadline
And ribbons and all
So walk to winter
You won't be late, you always wait
This generation,
That walk to the wall
But I'm not angry,
Get your gear
Get out of here
and

Walk out to winter,
Swear I'll be there.
Chill will wake you,
High and dry
You'll wonder why.
Walk out to winter,
Swear I'll be there.
You'll find
Snow blind
This is mine
This is mine!


AZTEC CAMERA
Words and music by Roddy Frame


[*] I love the Blu-Tak reference. It used to happen to my posters all the time in cold weather.

2 comments:

Micky said...

You are from your father, the devil and you prefer to do what your father wants. He was a murderer from the start; he was never grounded in the truth; there is no truth in him at all. When he lies he is speaking true to his nature, because he is a liar, (John 8: 44)

Gordie said...

Admit it, Micky: you just copied that out of a book, didn't you?