|Elvis Costello in 1975|
Flip City : Pay It Back
In 1975 the future Elvis Costello was playing around London as D.P. Costello in his pub rock band Flip City . They also recorded various demos that would appear on his early albums. Married with a child, he had high hopes of leaving his computer operating job at an Elizabeth Arden cosmetics factory ( later disparaged as a "vanity factory" in "I'm Not Angry").
In 2000 a much more serious and mature Costello put the following 1975 albums into a list he made for Vanity Fair of his 500 Favorite Albums. The song selections are his.
TONY BENNETT and BILL EVANS: The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album (1975), “Some Other Time.”
MILES DAVIS and STAN GETZ and LEE KONITZ: Conception (1975), “Ezz-thetic.”
BOB DYLAN: Blood on the Tracks (1975), “You’re a Big Girl Now”
The Basement Tapes (1975), “Nothing Was Delivered”
EMMYLOU HARRIS: Elite Hotel (1976), “One of These Days"
JOHN LENNON: Shaved Fish (1975), “Instant Karma!”
BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS:Natty Dread (1975), “Lively Up Yourself.”
KATE AND ANNA McGARRIGLE: Kate and Anna McGarrigle (1975), “Go Leave.”
THE METERS: The Best of the Meters (1975), “Cissy Strut.”
JONI MITCHELL: The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975), “Shades of Scarlet Conquering”
THE STYLISTICS: The Best of the Stylistics (1975), “People Make the World Go ’Round.”