Fronted by wonderboy Roddy Frame, Aztec Camera spearheaded the postpunk guitar revolution with jangly chords and hopelessly romantic - albeit opaque - lyrics.
My first memory of the band was the album 'Knife' which I taped from a friend. I was in my teens then and partial to melancholy and fatalism. At the time Aztec Camera managed to distill all my adolescent angst and dressed them up pretty.
In hindsight the record was produced by Mark Knopfler and it shows in its prolonged guitar solos and its meticulous attention to studio detail. Still it stands as a gleaming tower besides The Smiths' debut album as one of the twin peaks of 80's romantism.