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Editors’ Notes

Looking like Buddy Holly on methamphetamine and sounding like a pub-punk rocker capable of reading novels and newspapers, Elvis Costello displayed immense talent from inception. My Aim Is True, his 1977 debut album, sounds every bit as smart and vibrant thirty years later. With the inspired if not spectacular backing of Clover (Huey Lewis’ backing group), Costello tears through angry, pointed material. The opening cut, in less than a minute and a half, delivers a sneering, celebratory look at the daily grind (“Welcome to the Working Week”). He then belittles the impossible standards of others (“Miracle Man”), accepts a shot at immortality with a delicious chiming guitar lick (“(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes”) and slightly mellows for the signature ballad that’s tough, tender, ambivalent and eventually sincere (“Alison”). Costello’s lyrics are pure virtuoso, while his encyclopedic musical knowledge is only partly displayed. He was still saving aces up his sleeves. But the gunshot rim shots that punctuate the silences of “Watching the Detectives,” the manic psychobilly charge of “Mystery Dance” and the political anger behind “Less Than Zero” show an artist with much to say and many ways to say it.

Customer Reviews

Where were you in 1978?

In a dormroom at Western Michigan University...I must have played this album, yes on vinyl, until it melted. Punk changed my life, and the face of rock music. Remember, up until the Ramones, Sex Pistols and Elvis Costello, rock radio had stagnated into corporate rock with long guitar solos that were WAY overproduced. Elvis brought us an album that took it back to the basics and showed that anyone with passion, three chords and witty double entendre lyrics could withstand the test of time. ALL HAIL THE KING!

Aim Was True Indeed

With My Aim Is True, Costello didn't just storm the ivory tower of bloated 70s Rock-- he knocked it down with his snarly brilliance. My Aim Is True is probably the best debut album anyone has ever released, regardless of genre. If you are unfamiliar with Costello's work, there is no better way to get acquainted than this classic masterpiece. -Ron

Best Album released during the Punk Era

Growing up, my parents always had this stuff on around the house. I'm 25 now, and it still sounds new. This is an album that you will never get tired of.


Born: August 25, 1954 in Paddington, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 distinguished his records as much as his...
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