Keep It Clean (25th Elefant Anniversary Reissue)

by CAMERA OBSCURA

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FORMATS: 7" Single [Clear Vinyl] [Numbered Limited Edition of 1000 copies] ➜ On sale clicking here: bit.ly/2kQCSUr / Digital Single

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"25th ELEFANT RECORDS ANNIVERSARY" COLLECTION [Issue 016 of 025]

CAMERA OBSCURA is one of the key groups in Elefant Records’ history. After their first album, they joined our label with that marvelous “Underachievers Please Try Harder”, and later put out the equally incredible “Let's Get Out Of This Country”. Together, we climbed upward in a trajectory full of unforgettable moments.

That’s exactly why they couldn’t be left out of our collection of reissues for Elefant Record’s 25th anniversary. This collection began in 2014, when we celebrated 25 years as a record label, and so far we have released 16 of the 25 collections promised.

THE SCHOOL, LA CASA AZUL, TREMBLING BLUE STARS, LE MANS, JUNIPER MOON and LOS FLECHAZOS are just a few of the stars of these reissues. This time, we have decided to do a very specially release; both “Teenager” and “Keep It Clean” were singles taken from CAMERA OBSCURA’s second album, and they were only released in the CD-Single format. So, now they are going to be released on vinyl for the first time - two 7”, color-vinyl, 1000-copy numbered and limited-editions. Each single will include two A-sides (two songs taken from “Underachievers Please Try Harder”), accompanied by two songs from their CD-Single that haven’t been included on their albums. And as we said back then, it is impossible to get tired of listening to CAMERA OBSCURA; they have the magic necessary to combine the eternal and the immediate with the spontaneous and the elaborate.

“Keep It Clean” and “Suspended From Class” are two songs taken from “Underachievers Please Try Harder”, which in this case open each of the sides of this 7” numbered-limited-edition, clear vinyl. They are solid proof of what these Scots are capable of: delicious melodies, dreamy folk-pop, delicate and colorful arrangements, and a certain sixties effervescence. And to top things off, we have the two lesser-known songs that came out on the original CD-Single, “Amigo Mío” (a song in Spanish with bossa nova tones) and the energetic and danceable “San Francisco Song.”

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released March 3, 2017

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Track Name: Keep It Clean
Does it make you happy to ignore me on streets?
I guess by now you think I’m weak
I wish you could have said something before now
I wouldn’t share a bag of chips with you
In my opinion you don’t have a clue
I’m being cruel I’m being cruel

I don’t want to be part of your scene
I’ll stick with him and keep my nose clean
You’re the one pretending to be licking stamps
All alone in a room following lines on maps
It’s clear you don’t want me here
How about I send you a book on nutrition
You can stop spoon-feeding me non-fiction
Just for a while, I will fake a smile
Why did you say she was a friend of mine?
I thought it was me you couldn’t stand
I’m confused
I will win you will lose
You’ve taken to phoning my house when you’re drunk
Confessing all your love
I wish you could have said so before now

I don’t want to be part of your scene
I’ll stick with him and keep my nose clean
Track Name: Amigo Mío
Permanece detrás
No tan cerca de mí
No sabes dónde he estado

No te sientes a mi lado
Permanece tan lejos de mí
Como yo quiero estar de ti

Este sitio es tan frío
No hables por mí
No quiero hablar
Es perder mi tiempo
No me hagas reír
No me hagas llorar
No me preguntes mi nombre
No me mires a los ojos
Amigo mío
Track Name: Suspended From Class
You’re such a beautiful writer
that’s not all you are
I’m sorry about making a pass
It was subtle but I think that you grasped
The meaning intended
I can be a friend to you
I won’t pretend
I’m not interested in breaking a heart
It’s not love no it’s nothing like that
I’ll leave that to lookers like him
Oh he’s such a delicate thing
Now it’s such a fragile thing that we have

I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
We could go out dancing
But, in truth it is the last thing that I have on my mind
Please say if I’m way out of line
I won’t need telling twice
Now he wants to kiss
Said he can’t resist
You’re going to have to keep it hidden inside
I’ve a feeling that pigs might fly, might fly
I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
You’re such a beautiful writer
And that’s not all you are
I’m sorry about making a pass
It was subtle but I think that you grasped
The meaning intended

I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
Track Name: San Francisco Song
You know I cannot stand your love for alcohol
You’re such a tall man but you’re looking kind of small
I’ll send you movie stills to rid you of your ills
Because you’re ill

Now you’re finding out I’m hard to please
You’d better watch your mouth you’ll bring a girl close to tears
I ripped up my lyric book, gave myself the blackest look
Black looks

You would think by now I wouldn’t miss this place
It makes my poor legs weak and my sweet heart start to race
To race, yeah to race