This one's for my Baby Chutney on this Valentine's Day. I love you, Chut Chut!
Okay, now that the rest of you have finished vomiting in your mouth a little bit..."Love" was Aztec Camera's third full-length album and the first to be completely centered around songwriter Roddy Frame, since he ditched all the other band members to work with mostly American studio musos in an attempt to finally break the U.S. market. Out was the folksy, acoustic strumming and in were the electric guitars, horn section and "soulful" backing vocals. America was not impressed.
But the first single, the adorably catchy "Somewhere In My Heart" was no less hooky than songs charted at the time by the likes of Climie Fisher, Cutting Crew or the Outfield. Perhaps Aztec Camera's previous baggage as a "college rock" band tainted its aspirations as a crossover act. In the U.K., "Something..." fared much better, peaking at #3 and bringing the flopping album back to life.
What does this long-lost single have to do with me and my boyfriend aka "Baby Chutney"? Wellllll, fast forward to 2007 as Chut and I took a nice weekend trip to San Francisco. Because he loves me, Chut took me to Amoeba SF, where I found a nice used copy of the recent re-release of "Love", on a two-fer with 1990's "Stray". While skimpy on the lyrics and original booklet art (seriously, was it that much more to just reprint the damn things?), we spent the rest of the weekend playing "Somewhere In My Heart" over and over on the rental car stereo. Sigh.
My boyfriend is better than yours, cuz he loves the 80s, too! Nyah. It's okay, though. I still love each and every one of you. You can use me as your 80s-loving boyfriend today, if you want. I ain't spreadin' for no roses, no.
* All songs are for sampling purposes only. If the album is currently in print, you'll see an Amazon link to purchase it. Supporting artists is a good thing, since labels are run by soulless whores. I KEED! Sorta. Look, if you like it, and it's in print, support 'em. If you're the artist or copyright holder, a quick e-mail to me will bring the song down ASAP. But compliment my writing first.
* Don't e-mail me asking me to repost dead links or to send you a song you can't find. Believe it or not, I have a life outside my blogging. I KEED! But don't do it.
* One more, and this is a biggie -- do NOT hotlink directly to my audio files and post them on your site, big shot. That's just disrespectful, rude, and a theft of my hard-earned bandwith.
Now, get readin', get downloadiN', and play nice. I loves me some comments. Bring it!