Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > The Music Forums > General Music
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-21-2008, 11:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
Occams Razor
 
Son of JayJamJah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: End of the Earth
Posts: 2,470
Default Inside the JayJamJah Introspective Auditorium

This week in the debut episode my "guest" is Elvis Costello. Focusing on his debut album "My Aim is True"



One of my favorite artists of all time and in my opinion the best musician in the world from 1977-1980. Costello is the definition of a star who understand where and who came from, where he wants to be and those who made it possible for the man from the former to arrive at the later. His name, his look and his music were a tribute to the icons in the life personal and professional and the fans who made him. Born Declan MacManus the change was inspired by, of course, the King of Rock and Roll's first name and his maternal great grandmothers surname.



His debut effort, 1977's "My Aim is True" is nearly perfect as he demonstrates versatility, an understanding and respect of the music while pouring raw emotion in the music with the lyrics and delivery to fittingly match. From the 90 second introduction "Welcome to the working week" to the peppy yet fatalistic finale "Waiting for the end of the World" Costello is on the nose without drawing attention to it. Each full length track has hit single written all over it; "Miracle Man" opens the meat of the album and ups the ante with a ambiguous yet viscous gait. This trait is present throughout the album as the artist uses dichotomy to keep you off balance and interested throughout the album in which, as all great artists seem to do, Costello finds a very unified yet unique feel without fail from track to track. In pure serendipity the albums potential title track is instead titled "Allison" and one of the titles most popular efforts. Personal highlights from the album include "Blame it on Cain", "Red Shoes" and "Less then Zero". Also my favorite Costello track ever "Watching the Detectives" was released just prior to the album and eventually found a home as the 13th track on the initially 12 song release.



Following his debut album's success Costello recruited his first band to share the marquee "The Attractions" and released two more albums before the end of the decade the solid but not spectacular "This year's Model" and the famously fantastic "Armed Forces". Still, while many fans will disagree, to me, he never recaptured the magic and pure raw perfection of "My Aim is True"

Costello has continued to make great music even to today. Now 53, he continues to create, releasing 7 albums this decade and 24 in total. Ten times he has peaked in the top ten, four times at #2 but has never had a number 1 album. Mariah Carey has had 5. The album is done playing and so is this episode.

Thanks, see you next time.

Here is a look at video from the first Costello show I ever attended. Not sure who shot it but thanks very much for sharing. I hope you all enjoy it!

YouTube - Elvis Costello - "Radio Radio" Live in Detroit, 1978

Last edited by Son of JayJamJah; 04-23-2008 at 01:11 PM.
Son of JayJamJah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2008, 06:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
Occams Razor
 
Son of JayJamJah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: End of the Earth
Posts: 2,470
Default

Bump
Son of JayJamJah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2008, 02:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
Music Addict
 
Crowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 699
Default

Cool write up on Elvis Costello. My favorite song on that particular album is "Miracle Man" which seems to go unnoticed when people talk about My Aim Is True...
__________________
Crowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2008, 04:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
Moodswings n' Roundabouts
 
Piss Me Off's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: At the corner of Dude and Catastrophe
Posts: 4,510
Default

This album is on my list to hear, i'll have to give it a go soon 'cos it sounds pretty good. Nice thread!
__________________


Last FM
Rate Yr Music
Muxtape
Piss Me Off is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2008, 10:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
Back to mono
 
WaspStar's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 509
Default

My Aim Is True has some of Costello's best songs, but I have to confess, I'm more of a Get Happy!/Trust/Imperial Bedroom person. I love his voice on MAIT, but I can't get past the band. To each his own.
WaspStar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2008, 03:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
Ba and Be.
 
jackhammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: This Is England
Posts: 17,300
Default

I wish I could just let my kids starve and jack in work. I could then listen to everything I have missed including this man. Another well written post. MB has been looking up recently.
__________________

“A cynic by experience, a romantic by inclination and now a hero by necessity.”
jackhammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2008, 04:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
Occams Razor
 
Son of JayJamJah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: End of the Earth
Posts: 2,470
Default

@ ALL

Please feel encouraged to suggest other artists or albums you'd like me to discuss in this thread
Son of JayJamJah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2008, 04:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
Ba and Be.
 
jackhammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: This Is England
Posts: 17,300
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JayJamJah View Post
@ ALL

Please feel encouraged to suggest other artists or albums you'd like me to discuss in this thread
I think your extensive knowledge should point me in the direction of those lesser known artists that we in Blighty may have missed.
__________________

“A cynic by experience, a romantic by inclination and now a hero by necessity.”
jackhammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 11:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
Occams Razor
 
Son of JayJamJah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: End of the Earth
Posts: 2,470
Default

Most people here know this album, but a lot of day-to-day types don’t. I have very little of consequence to say about it, but am compelled nonetheless to let you in for tonight as I revisit an old and cathartic friend.

I don’t like to talk much about Nick Drake. What can you really say? I don’t listen to Nick Drake all that much anymore. What’s to hear? The music is carnal; it’s always exactly what it’s meant to be. There is no better example of this then Pink Moon. Pink Moon is one man with one guitar and (this is pure speculation) the knowledge of just how frail and fickle life really can be.





When you listen to Nick Drake you see rolling hills and endless seas with suns setting over them. You feel love, lose, pain, sadness, remorse, happiness, relief. You hear guitar, sometimes bass, drums and the like, but you always hear more then sounds, more then instruments, more then music. Pink Moon is so effortless and enchanting; every song is an expression of faith, hope and forgiving. This is the greatest man and guitar album I’ve ever heard.

“Pink Moon” sells Volkswagen’s, it also set tones. Specifically the one for this album. It’s not a commercial song; it’s a song you heard in a commercial. “Place to Be” is poignant and patterned. To call this music simple would be both accurate and completely off base. There is much more there then six stings and vocal chords. “Road” is smooth, it transports the listener to “Which Will” as it rains down it’s dulcet country tones. The questions is honest enough and laid out well, “Horn” allows us time to ponder while gripping to soul of the music. “Things behind the Sun” is a more ominous delivery drawing the envy of any modern singer\songwriter with it’s complex perfection of simplification. “Know” lets the Blues into the room through a cleansing interlude into “Parasite” and it’s wrenching rhythm. The blighting melancholy throughout deluges you. Overcome with anguish Drake perseveres, and the “Free Ride” sweeps all away, “Harvest Breed” is subtle but the most urgent moments of the album and the penultimate track propels the narrative on. “From the Morning” is a perfect ending. How better to say good-bye then by saying hello. Promenading down the avenue of dreams sweet departure is rebirth among the shroud of reality that prevails. Fade out…




Music is an opiate, it soothes it quells anxiety, fear, sorrow, shame. Nick Drake is Morphine; it’s legal, it’s there, but you need someone to make you take it. Snatch your 3x5 Rx and find a copy of Pink Moon or any of the three for that matter and discover the music you missed.
Son of JayJamJah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2008, 06:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
Reformed Jackass
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3,961
Default

On Costello: This Year's Model is pretty spectacular imo.
ProggyMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads



© 2003-2020 Advameg, Inc.