Favorite New Wave Albums #3 - My Aim is True

@teamfreak16 (42613)
Denver, Colorado
December 5, 2018 9:59pm CST
Another day, another Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as I count down my favorite new wave albums. We are at #3: My Aim is True by Elvis Costello. Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus) is a British new wave pioneer, a Grammy Award winner, record producer, author, and actor. His first three albums appear on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and Costello himself ranks at #80 on that magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (only 80???) Oh, and he's married to Diana Krall! Produced by Nick Lowe, Costello's 1977 platinum debut album, My Aim is True, is a thing of wonder. Although Elvis Costello is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his long-time backup band, The Attractions, (other than keyboardist Steve Nieve's appearance on "Watching the Detectives,") The Attractions did not play on My Aim is True, rather, members of Mill Valley, California country rock band Clover performed on the record. A data entry clerk, Costello wrote the songs late at night as his (first) wife and son slept, as well as during the commute to his job. The record was recorded, for 1000 British Pounds, during six four-hour sessions, for which Costello called in sick from his job. And it's definitely an album worth calling in sick for! The reggae-fied "Watching the Detectives" was not included on the original UK pressing, but was made available as the final track on the US release. The lovely "Alison" (beautifully covered by Linda Ronstadt) might have failed to chart as a single, but is widely considered one of Costello's finest songs, and "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" is, frankly, one of the greatest new wave tunes ever recorded. (Fun Fact: Elvis Costello once appeared on Sesame Street, performing "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes," with the popular Muppet, Elmo, as "The Monster went and Ate My Red 2!") Yesterday, I gave Blondie's Parallel Lines album a sincere Dilly Dilly. Which means that My Aim is True deserves a Dilly Dilly Dilly! At least! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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@FourWalls (16345)
• United States
6 Dec
Superb! Brilliant!! Marvelous! Outstanding! Terrific! (I kinda like this album.)
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
6 Dec
You forgot "Dilly Dilly." And my favorite, "Boffo!"
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@JohnRoberts (67501)
• Los Angeles, California
6 Dec
You provide the impression of being rather impressed by this selection.
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@JudyEv (142362)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
It's interesting to read what some of them were before their careers took off.
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Dec
Apparently, you can't just sit around writing songs all day. Especially if you have a wife and son.
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@JudyEv (142362)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Dec
@teamfreak16 Some careers don't seem to 'fit' the people. Mind you, I don't know what career I think would be a good fit. Haven't got that far with my thinking. I do find it interesting that quite a few of the great comedians started out in law.
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
10 Dec
@JudyEv - The comedy actor, Ken Jueng, is actually a Doctor. He's just really funny!
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@TRBRocks420 (86181)
• Banks, Oregon
6 Dec
He sure had a lot of good music.
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Dec
Most definitely. Dude is awesome.
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@allen0187 (34428)
• Philippines
6 Dec
My favorite album of his is his collaboration with Burt Bacharach.
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Dec
That was a great album.
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@allen0187 (34428)
• Philippines
9 Dec
@teamfreak16 it is. Music to slit one's wrist by.
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
10 Dec
@allen0187 - That's what my ex-girlfriend used to call all the goth and industrial that I listen to.
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• United States
6 Dec
Uggh here is another entertainer I was not too fond of . . .
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Dec
Really? Elvis Costello? He's awesome. I saw him in Belgium. Just him and an acoustic guitar, backed by sequencing. And he still rocked it! But I understand.
@JohnRoberts (67501)
• Los Angeles, California
6 Dec
No, cannot be over Parallel Lines!
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
6 Dec
I pretty much could have flipped a coin on the Top 5, honestly.
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@andriaperry (64089)
• Anniston, Alabama
6 Dec
I am not sure if I know many of his works, I can`t listen at the moment.
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
6 Dec
You might recognize "Veronica," which was his biggest US hit. He wrote it with Paul McCartney, and Paul played bass on it. If you have the chance.
Lyrics: Veronica Is it all in that pretty little head of yours? What goes on in that place in the dark? Well I used to know a girl and I could have sworn tha...
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@dgobucks226 (14868)
12 Dec
Lots of great musical trivia there. Great write up and yes, when it comes to singing about a girl named Alison, his aim was perfect That's one New Wave artist you don't have "To Pump Up."
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
12 Dec
Too bad that he isn't played on the "Radio Radio" more!
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@dgobucks226 (14868)
14 Dec
@teamfreak16 Ahh, another Elvis song I really like!!!
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
14 Dec
@dgobucks226 - One of my ex-girlfriend's used to sing Karaoke, so we went to a lot of Karaoke bars. At one, this girl in a wheelchair would go up very early in the show, absolutely nail "(What's so Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding," and then leave. She was awesome.
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@crossbones27 (22392)
• Redlands, California
8 Dec
Love it, nice one buddy. I always liked that saying. Dilly Dilly.
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@Ronrybs (8154)
• London, England
6 Dec
Not too many Elvis Costello I like, but this is one
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@teamfreak16 (42613)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Dec
It's my favorite by him.
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