Luckee lil bald guy!
Actually, this post might be more aptly titled Trpl Luv Friday, as I want to take some time to praise a guy I have the utmost respect for as an artist, Elvis Costello, discussing a little known song found only on the extended play Rykodisc re-release version of his first album My Aim Is True. The song is called Imagination (Is A Powerful Deceiver), and it was recorded in 1974 or 1975, some two years before Elvis quits his day job and becomes a professional musician. The backup band is called Flip City, and they aren't as polished as his later band the Attractions, or even the band Clover, which backed him up before the Attractions were formed.
What makes the song remarkable to me is that it is in a style he never really repeats in his career. It's a slow country rock ballad. The song could easily fit on an album by The Band or The Flying Burrito Brothers, and doesn't sound like the country swing tunes he later records like Stranger In The House or Radio Sweetheart. It's the work of a kid who is still trying to find his voice, and even so it stands on its own as a really good (if not perfect) pop song.
And from that non random starting point, we get this week's Random 10.
Imagination (Is a Powerful Deceiver) Elvis Costello
Little Wing The Jimi Hendrix Experience
She’s An Angel They Might Be Giants
Could You Be Loved? Bob Marley & The Wailers
All Men Are Liars Nick Lowe
Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair Nina Simone
Hanging On The Telephone Blondie
Take The Cash (K.A.S.H.) Wreckless Eric
Caravan Van Morrison
Night Train James Brown
Semi obscure: Wreckless Eric was also on Stiff Records, the company that first released Elvis Costello's work. Regular readers of Dr. Monkerstein's blog will already know this.
Another Stiff Alum and close personal friend of Elvis, Nick Lowe, makes an appearance, as do They Might Be Giants, who might idolize Elvis Costello as much as I do. We also have Van Morrison and Bob Marley, artists who Elvis admits he