Elvis Costello closes out the 80’s with his 12th album … released on February 14, 1980. It’s his first without The Attractions since “My Aim is True” …
This is good …
December 17, 1977 ~ Elvis Costello gets banned from Saturday Night Live when he halts his performance of “Less Than Zero” and plays the searing “Radio Radio” instead.
Costello’s career, as he shows that he is willing to defy the media in the interest of his art.
All is forgiven by 1989, when the ban is lifted and Costello is welcomed as the musical guest on the March 25 show hosted by Mary Tyler Moore. Ten years later, he does a send-up of the incident when during the SNL 25th Anniversary show, he interrupts the Beastie Boys performance and leads them through a reprise of “Radio Radio.”
November 10, 2002 ~ Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer guest star on The Simpsons in an episode where they run a rock and roll fantasy camp. The first rule of the camp: There are no rules! Second rule: No outside food.
“My Aim Is True” had just been released — I brought it home and put it on the turntable. JJ walked through the room, stopped and said, “Who’s this?”
I said, “Elvis Costello.”
JJ says, “That’s terrible … using a famous name like that. Lou Costello’s family must be pissed.”
Rest in peace, John. You were like a brother and you always made me laugh. “May the good Lord shine a light on you, warm like the evening sun …”
September 15, 1986 ~ Elvis Costello reunites with the original Attactions and producer Nick Lowe and releases Blood and Chocolate.
Elvis Costello and The Attractions release their 7th on August 5, 1983. It features their first #1 single, “Everyday I Write The Book.”
July 2, 1982 ~ Elvis Costello and The Attractions release “Imperial Bedroom.” It’s #166 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.