Elvis Costello "My Aim Is True"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True.

The live Elvis’ debut release. I remember when it came out and ‘XRT jumped on it. Great song followed by great song. Little did I know that he’d be putting out great music with unmatched variety to this day.

His backing band on ‘My Aim is True’ was an unheard of band called ‘Clover.’ They went on to become, ‘The News’ as in Huey Lewis and….’ They should have suck with Elvis.

There are many memorable moments here. “Angel’s Want To Wear My Red Shoes, Mystery Dance, Radio Sweetheart, Alison, Less Than Zero and Watching the Detectives.” It’s hard to find many better debut albums.

Elvis Costello was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.


  • Elvis Costello – vocals, guitar, piano and drumsticks on “Mystery Dance”
  • Nick Lowe – backing vocals, piano, drumsticks and bass on “Mystery Dance”
  • John McFee – lead guitar, pedal steel guitar, backing vocals
  • Sean Hopper – piano, organ, backing vocals
  • Stan Shaw – organ on “Less Than Zero”
  • Johnny Ciambotti – bass, backing vocals
  • Mickey Shine – drums
  • Andrew Bodnar – bass on “Watching the Detectives”
  • Steve Goulding – drums on “Watching the Detectives”
  • Steve Nieve – organ and piano overdubs on “Watching the Detectives”

Track listing

All songs written by Elvis Costello unless otherwise indicated.

Side one

  1. “Welcome to the Working Week” – 1:22
  2. “Miracle Man” – 3:31
  3. “No Dancing” – 2:39
  4. “Blame It on Cain” – 2:49
  5. “Alison” – 3:21
  6. “Sneaky Feelings” – 2:09

Side two

  1. “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” – 2:47
  2. “Less Than Zero” – 3:15
  3. “Mystery Dance” – 1:38
  4. “Pay It Back” – 2:33
  5. “I’m Not Angry” – 2:57
  6. “Waiting for the End of the World” – 3:22

Posted by Larry Carta

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