Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bands That Changed Everything: Elvis Costello

When Elvis Costello's first record was released in 1977, his bristling cynicism and anger linked him with the punk and new wave explosion. A cursory listen to My Aim Is True proves that the main connection that Costello had with the punks was his unbridled passion. He tore through rock's back pages taking whatever he wanted, as well as borrowing from country, Tin Pan Alley pop, reggae, and many other musical genres. Over his career, that musical eclecticism has distinguished Costello's records as much as his fiercely literate lyrics. Because he supports his lyrics with his richly diverse music, Costello is one of the most innovative, influential, and best songwriters since Bob Dylan.

The Very Best of Elvis Costello:

Disc 1
Disc 2

from Rehearsals for Retirement

1 comment:

Jim Taggart said...

hey! i upped that!!
kidding. let's swap links.

jim from rehearsals for retirement