The 1980’s seem to be a decade easy to cast stones upon, and perhaps rightfully so. The economical “high times” were easily perceived through Westerners eyes as good, and fine, and happy. Meanwhile the rest of the world struggled, and struggled mightily. Often individuals point to music as the great example of the “lessening” of quality. This becomes their keystone argument in a conversation sharply pointed at generalities. That’s fine. Know that I’m not one of these people.
The history lesson aside, take a journey with me towards sophistication and art. The overall softening of the punk scene brought forth pails of scorned individuals looking for creative authenticity. Rock, more than any genre, felt repetitive, stale, and boring. Sure we can point to individuals birthed from such muck and mire (Springsteen, Marley, Jackson), but the “high times” musically felt few and far between even more than it had in previous decades. Fooey!
Take the Scottish alt-rock band Aztec Camera for example. Simple, smart, perhaps a bit high brow – a band spanning six albums, 15 years, and under appreciation. Look no further than the mariachi-like feel of quite possibly their best track, “Oblivious”.
‘Tis a British love song full of hopeful declarations and strange, albeit tongue-in-cheek murder jokes. Now before you bow out on the track, remember that this is a relationship that ringleader Roddy Frame ripped from the diary of his London-ing youth. Phrases like, “I hear your footsteps in the street, It won’t be long before we meet, It’s obvious…” aren’t just sly turns of a phrase, but real life incidents.
Recently the band recreated the entirety of their ‘High Land, Hard Rain’ album, originally released in 1983. Of the song “Oblivious”, Frame has always been embarrassed by its schoolboy approach to love, and honestly was “embarrassed by it for far too long.” In the years after the songs initial release, Frame came to grips with the longing for love. As an older man he found it inspirational – the wild joy, the wide-eyed viewpoint. I think we should too.
“Oblivious” isn’t a song about being oblivious, but rather the complete opposite. It’s about knowing what you want, taking it, being bold, embracing youthful emotions.
Our Barons begin game one of season five tonight against the San Antonio Rampage, a squad that defeated them in regulation in preseason. Crank up the Aztec Camera, Barons fans, we aren’t oblivious…we are excited!
List of available Oklahoma City Barons:
Tyler Pitlick, Matt Ford, Steve Pinizzotto, Iiro Pakarinen, Ryan Hamilton, Curtis Hamilton, Mitch Moroz, Kale Kessy, Jujhar Khaira, Anton Lander, Andrew Miller, Jason Williams, Travis Ewanyk, Bogdan Yakimov, Keith Aulie,
David Musil, Jordan Oesterle, Dillon Simpson, Martin Marincin, Martin Gernat, CJ Ludwig
Most recent Rampage lineup:
Early scouting report on San Antonio is they are a bit more of a finesse club, and are going to have to muscle up against opponents to survive. Last night’s victory against the Iowa Wild was a calm affair for Dan Ellis (he let in two), but faced an onslaught in the final five minutes. San Antonio wrapped up the evening with a one-goal victory to start the season. Oh, and Ryan Martindale was a healthy scratch.
The Barons are healthy out of camp, carrying two tenders, and the weight of promise on their shoulders. Anxious to see an opening night roster, followed by the major changes it takes when the team plays a week later.
Let’s go Barons!