Teenager (25th Elefant Anniversary Reissue)

by CAMERA OBSCURA

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FORMATS: 7" Single [Yellow Colour Vinyl] [Numbered Limited Edition of 1000 copies] ➜ On sale clicking here: bit.ly/2jUnd5A / Digital Single

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"25th ELEFANT RECORDS ANNIVERSARY" COLLECTION [Issue 015 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.

“Teenager” was CAMERA OBSCURA’s first release as an Elefant Records group. It is iconic within the Scottish group’s collection, and it is accompanied on the other side by “A Sister's Social Agony”, a song with a doo-doo-wop spirit and romantic angle that also came out on “Underachievers Please Try Harder”. “I Don't Want To See You” and “Footloose And Fancy Free” are the two lesser-known songs that were included on the CD-Single at the time, and that complete this limited-edition, yellow vinyl.

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released March 3, 2017

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Track Name: Teenager
For your birthday she sent you a card
She didn’t sign her name she gave an autograph
Now she’s trying to call your bluff
Is she your true love?
We knew the boy who went from Mod to Ted
She asked matter of fact had he gone off his head
He was uncomplaining as a tree
Not a thing like me

You’re not a teenager
So don’t act like one
Sure she’s a heartbreaker
Does she have one?
Is it down to me, down to me we both rarely speak?
I went for a stroll after dark
I thought of you with her while staring at the black
I didn’t have you down for being easily led
Or the girl well read
I went for a stroll after dark
I thought of you and her, I think I’m going mad
Can you help me to see where I’m going wrong?
Help me finish this song
Track Name: I Don't Want To See You
I can’t believe that I’m writing this down
I can’t believe I’ve got you in a song
I don’t want to be a whining girl I’d rather not be in your world
I stole a magazine from a Laundromat
The posters in the bag they were breaking my back
All I wanted was a bench to rest my weary legs
I sat and had a greet, I have done my best

I’ll get my operation on the N.H.S
Will it cure my blushes will it bring out my best?
Some will say I was a woman pretending to be a girl
I will make no comment of this I’ve had my fill
This can’t go on
When is it going to stop?
You casually walked back to your room tonight
Take the flight of stairs and softly dim the light
Fantasize about how happy you’d be with a girl tonight

I don’t want to see you down
I don’t want to see you hanging around
I don’t want to see you down
I don’t want to see you hanging around
Track Name: A Sister's Social Agony
You bruise like a cherry my darling girl
Words can mean nothing to some in this world
I want you to know I thought about you last night
I cried
Play indie rock if that’s what you want
Quote Mike Leigh films it will turn them all on
I heard you were going on a first date
That’s great

Don’t apologize
Try your best not to disguise
To get misty eyed at times is fine
Sometimes it feels like you’re the only one
A freckle appeared on your lip from the sun
Those kids that you run with, they put you down
Make no sound
Track Name: Footloose And Fancy Free
Buy me an advent calendar
It seems the thought of days without you make me sadder
Don’t visit me now you make me want to do myself in
I’ll see you sometime but I won’t see you soon

I know something’s about you
I won’t spill the beans
There’s a spool in my own camera that’s never been seen
I could write it all down but it won’t be enough
I want you to be happy with someone to love

It won’t be me
It won’t be you
Pretty soon we’ll agree to be free
Footloose and fancy free