Title: High Land, Hard Rain
Label: Rough Trade
Side One - Oblivious / The Boy Wonders / Walk Out To Winter / The Bugle Sounds Again / We Could Send Letters
Side Two - Pillar To Post / Release / Lost Outside The Tunnel / Back On Board / Down The Dip
The Boy Wonders
Switch on the TV right now and you can't avoid a desperate (and mainly English) rent-a-mob spreading fear and rubbish ahead of the Scottish Referendum. Whichever way it goes we'll always have the sound of young Scotland, a small country that seems to churn out musical coolness at a disproportionate rate to the rest of the union.
The possibility of Scottish independence was a long way off in 1983 when Aztec Camera released their debut LP High Land, Hard Rain. From the mountain tops of big hit opener Oblivious to the soft slopes of Down The Dip it's Roddy Frame at his youthful peak and sounding as faultless as he did on a hand me down stereo thirty odd years ago.
Here's The Boy Wonders with the album title chant and a distinct sense of Scottishness...
Come Hogmanay when love comes in slurs