It has been far too long since the talents of the Boy Wonder have appeared on this blog.
In my book he is the finest song writer and one of the best guitarists of his generation. Hyperbole? maybe, but you would have to come up with an extremely convincing argument for me to even begin to swither from this position.
There are very few songwriters amongst his contemporaries who could have written the lyrics to songs like We Could Send Letters, The Birth Of The True, Killermont Street and above all Good Morning Britain.
When you see him live you realise just how much of a virtuoso he is, especially when playing The Boy Wonders or Spanish Horses. If you are still to be convinced of his prowess, seek out the Vinyl Villain’s footage of him letting rip during A Girl Like You at the ABC in Glasgow when he was playing guitar for Edwyn Collins.
After writing the last couple of paragraphs, I’ve had to rethink the post I was in the midst of writing.
The post was supposed to bring to your attention the delights of the Frestonia album, much over looked and underrated in my opinion, I may do this at a later date. But now I just want to post Good Morning Britain as the lyrical content seem strangely pertinent in relation to goings on in the UK over the last couple of weeks but then again maybe that’s just me.
Written in the darkest days of Thatcher’s stranglehold on this country. Frame pens a state of the nation address in a verse for each of the four home nations of the UK. In it’s original form the song was a rather powerful rallying cry made even more so with the aid of Mick Jones on rhythm guitar and vocals but later Frame would turn the song into a rather sad and moving lament. I’ve posted both version, see which you prefer.
Aztec Camera – Good Morning Britain
Aztec Camera – Good Morning Britain (Live From Ronnie Scott’s)