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Song of the Day: Elvis Costello, “Watching the Detectives”

Since we were talking about it…

Well, it may just be me, and nostalgia, but I think this song still works – that is, if it came on college radio today for the first time, it would not seem hopelessly out of place. Unlike so much music from the late 1970s through 1980s.

Elvis Costello, “Watching the Detectives” – from his debut album, My Aim is True (1977)

And listen to this, from the same album – “Alison” – and this – “Less than Zero”.

Can you imagine how exciting it was to hear all of that on one album, the first album from some scrawny geek with a Buddy Holly fetish and the lyric gifts of a latter-day Orpheus?

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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