taking sides: Camera Obscura v. Belle & Sebastian

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have Camera Obscura usurped B&S's crown? given the discourse on the B&Sweb it certainly seems like it's a possibility.

DV (dirtyvicar), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 14:39 (sixteen years ago) link

CO Isn't even the polish on the shiny boots of B&S.

, Tuesday, 7 October 2003 14:50 (sixteen years ago) link

you're one of those twee fuckers, aren't you?

DV (dirtyvicar), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 15:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Is any Camera Obscura stuff available in the U.S.? I bought a single a few years ago -- "80's Song" or something -- because it was produced by Stuart Murdoch, but it was pretty lame, I thought. Have they gotten really good? Do they have a buzzed-about full length or something?

Ben Boyer (Ben Boyer), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 15:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Underachievers Please Try Harder is available on expensive-ass import. Download it or get someone to burn it for you.

I would have to side with Camera Obscura because they seem to be now at a high point like where B&S were about six years ago. Let's just hope they get better, not worse, with time.

Sarah Pedal (call mr. lee), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 15:49 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm not really into the genre, but I listen to Camera Obscura and can't stand Belle & Sebastian. Outsiders standpoint, as it were.

Xii (Xii), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 17:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Is any Camera Obscura stuff available in the U.S.? I bought a single a few years ago -- "80's Song" or something -- because it was produced by Stuart Murdoch, but it was pretty lame, I thought. Have they gotten really good?

Eighties fan.
That's their best song.

, Tuesday, 7 October 2003 17:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Underachievers Please Try Harder will be out in the US on Merge sometime early next year with a few B-sides added. I like it quite a bit, but prefer the new B&S.

fffv (fffv), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 17:31 (sixteen years ago) link

eighties fan is not CO's best song, though i like it. the lyrics are irritating. i like CO's first album better than any of B&S but the Belles are a more interesting and versatile band overall.

the surface noise (electricsound), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 22:49 (sixteen years ago) link

i like CO's first album better than any of B&S but the Belles are a more interesting and versatile band overall.

This is what keeps me interested in B&S, even though they take off frigging long periods between CDs! Odd, as they were a slow-grower on me.

Nichole Graham (Nichole Graham), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 22:51 (sixteen years ago) link

The keyboard player in Camera Obscura is much cuter than Chris Geddes.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 7 October 2003 22:59 (sixteen years ago) link

The keyboard player in Camera Obscura is much cuter than everyone.

cis (cis), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 06:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Camera Obscura tried to throw me out of my own soundcheck! I hate them!

Oh, wait, that was Stuart Murdoch, never mind.

kate (kate), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 07:07 (sixteen years ago) link

The bass player in Camera Obscura is cuter than Chris Geddes.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 07:48 (sixteen years ago) link

The Bass player in CO is cuter than all of B&S

chris (chris), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 09:20 (sixteen years ago) link

I like the guy from Camera Obscura who looks like the MC from Scooter. I like to think that they are the same person, and that one day I will go to a Camera Obscura gig that will turn into a Scooter video.

DV (dirtyvicar), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 09:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Two members of Camera Obscura came to my wedding. None of B&S were even invited. Even though they are dirty cheats at football (Bowlie still rankles you know), this makes them winners in my eyes...

Oh, musically, you mean? B&S were impressing me more by this stage of their career. So them then.

ailsa (ailsa), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 16:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Underachievers Please Try Harder is available on expensive-ass import. Download it or get someone to burn it for you.

I would have to side with Camera Obscura because they seem to be now at a high point like where B&S were about six years ago. Let's just hope they get better, not worse, with time.

maybe this is what is wrong. you like camera obscura a lot but are recommending that people not pay money to them for it? they're no metallica.

RJG (RJG), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 17:46 (sixteen years ago) link

unless, OF COURSE, you are recommending for a sample before paying out on an import or asking a friend in another country to send you a copy, yeah.

RJG (RJG), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 17:48 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...
the new camera obscura is really, really, really good. all shimmering and spacious, like a really good prom where they played songs off new gold dream instead of if you leave by OMD.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Saturday, 17 June 2006 23:20 (fourteen years ago) link

if i had to go to any kind of prom, hearing OMD might be the only thing that would make it bearable ;)

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Saturday, 17 June 2006 23:31 (fourteen years ago) link

CO keep improving, but so do B&S, who are always a few steps ahead. "Dory Previn" is nice though.

Simon H. (Simon H.), Saturday, 17 June 2006 23:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Grimly, you wise and good man.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 17 June 2006 23:32 (fourteen years ago) link

this has nothing to do with the thread, but New Gold Dream era Simple Minds>>>>>>>>>>anything by OMD

timmy tannin (pompous), Saturday, 17 June 2006 23:44 (fourteen years ago) link

yes, OMD at the prom is good but somewhat typical. songs from new gold dream at the prom would really make for a memorable night. or an apt description of the new camera obscura album! it makes you feel like somewhere, somebody is dancing.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Saturday, 17 June 2006 23:45 (fourteen years ago) link

in summertime.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Saturday, 17 June 2006 23:51 (fourteen years ago) link

the new camera obscura is fantastic. it's got a bit of the aislers set in it. also don't miss the guy singing, either guy.

keyth (keyth), Sunday, 18 June 2006 00:27 (fourteen years ago) link


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