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Aztec Camera was a Scottish New Wave music band from Glasgow.
The line-up of the band changed several times over the years, but the constant member has been guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Roddy Frame. Founding members included Campbell Owens (bass) and Dave Mulholland (drums). Ex-Bluebells bassist Craig Gannon was a member from 1983 through 1985, before joining The Smiths. Guitarist Malcolm Ross (formerly of Josef K and Orange Juice) also joined in 1983, and appeared on the Knife album.
Though generally considered to be born out of the New Wave movement, Aztec Camera's music is mostly acoustic oriented and might be better described as guitar pop. There is no doubt that the band took some musical and lyrical inspiration from Elvis Costello. Aztec Camera opened for Costello on a U.S. tour early in their career.
The band's first UK 7" single was released by Glasgow-based indie label Postcard Records in January, 1981, and contained the songs "Just Like Gold" and "We Could Send Letters". The latter song appeared on the influential C81 compilation cassette, released by NME in 1981.