"It was rather like recording in a telephone booth. Overdubs were barely an option. Everything is heard pretty much as it was played."
In this edition of L.I.N.K.S. (hyperlinks that Lure, Intrigue, Nurture, Kindle, or Stimulate), we focus on the 40th anniversary of the release of "My Aim Is True," Elvis Costello's debut album.
"Recorded in four six-hour late-night sessions in a London eight-track studio, My Aim Is True was the debut album by the audaciously named soon-to-be 22-year-old singer-songwriter , née Declan Patrick McManus. Produced by Nick Lowe, former bassist for the pub-rock band Brinsley Schwarz and a labelmate on the cheeky upstart indie Stiff Records, it reportedly cost a mere £2,000 to make, and was released in the U.K. on July 22, 1977."
My favorite links:
1. Paste features Elvis saying he’s actually not angry as angrily as humanly possible
2. Billboard does the impossible and ranks the album's tracks
3. Trunkworthy pays homage to a track that didn't make the album
4. Treblezine focuses on the artist's professed motives of revenge and guilt
5. Spill takes the story to a personal level, drawing from the recent Costello autobiography
“Now she was punching in the prices on cans of beans at a cash register and looking as if all the hopes and dreams of her youth were draining away. All that would be left would soon be squandered to a ruffian who told her convenient lies and trapped her still further.”