There was a record store in the town I grew up. I went there frequently but as a kid I wasn’t into music. I’d browse and look at the flyer for WXRT’s artist of the day or WLS today songs.
It was an ugly time to be a mainstream kid. The 70′ early 80′s. I didn’t know much music, but I knew I didn’t care for the BeeGees or Donna Summer.
Fortunately, there was Fred. Fred was a friend of my older sister. He used to come over and bring all sorts of records. He’s the guy that brought over Kid Creole and the Coconuts and the B-52′s. If you guessed Fred was gay, you’d be right. Guy had a hugely successful career on broadway.
Left to her own devices my sister was listening to Wild Cherry and Michael Jackson. I don’t think she paid Fred’s music too much mind, but I did. I love the B-52′s and was hooked.
Anyway, long story short, the first albums I bought included Trust and Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello. Thanks, Fred. From the first song, I was hooked. I’ve seen Elvis in concert a few times. I like much of his work, but he’s set in a time and place for me. I bought this album at Wally King’s.
If any band was formative in my teen years, it’d be Elvis Costello and the Attractions.
Long story short, this album, one of the first I ever bought, came out 35 years ago today. Listen to it. It’s fan-freaking-tastic.
(in case you care, the first three albums I remember buying were Combat Rock at my sister’s suggestion, Imperial Bedroom and Trust by Elvis Costello and the Attractions)