Happy Birthday Roddy Frame.

Generally considered by critics to be one of the finest songwriters of all time, Frame began his career with Aztec Camera in January 1980. As Aztec Camera's vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, Frame immediately became the darling of the U.K. music press with the band's 1983 debut High Land, Hard Rain. On tracks like "Walk Out to Winter," and "Oblivious," Frame sang poetic lyrics about love lost and found, two themes he'd revisit with an increasingly mature outlook through a number of albums.

True to his punk roots, Frame abandoned Aztec Camera's jangle pop sound when it became fashionable among British new wave acts. From country to soul, Frame utilized the Aztec Camera moniker to pay homage to his influences. Indifferent to the hip tastes of his followers, Frame covered Cyndi Lauper's Top Ten ballad "True Colors" with undeniable sincerity and transformed Van Halen's heavy metal anthem "Jump" into a folksy love song. After 1995's Frestonia, Frame jettisoned the Aztec Camera name and released The North Star in 1998.

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