Today is the 59th birthday of punk/rockabilly/pop/new wave rock’s true legends, Elvis Costello. In 1977, a then 23-year-old EC put out arguably one of the greatest debut records, My Aim Is True. His run of records with The Attractions starting with This Year’s Model through Imperial Bedroom was one of most inspired and impressive starts to a career that has now spanned five decades. Whether as a solo artist, working with the Attractions, the Brodsky Quartet, or most recently The Roots, Elvis Costello’s career has been one filled with countless memorable moments. For many, he’ll forever be remembered as the quirky, bespectacled young man that fused Rock-a-Billy pop rock with a punk edge, but his musical appetite and explorations have been legion and varied. And, if you have had the pleasure of seeing him live (I was fortunate to on multiple occasions (and once with the Attractions!)), he is an engrossing, captivating, and giving live performer. He is definitely on my desert island list of recording artists. If I only had the EC canon to listen to, I’d be happy island-bound camper.
Give yourself a chance to revisit some of his classics starting with the fitting opening of My Aim Is True.
Happy Birthday EC! Hopefully there will be many more to come and great tunes to share.