Café Flesh is a 1982 post-apocalyptic cult pornographic science fiction film designed and directed by Stephen Sayadian and co-written by Sayadian and Jerry Stahl. Music was produced by noted music producer Mitchell Froom. Two sequels, Cafe Flesh 2 and Cafe Flesh 3, were released in 1997 and 2003, without the participation of the original creators; the sequels were written and directed by Antonio Passolini and did not have the same degree of popularity and cult appeal as the first film. In the aftermath of nuclear apocalypse, 99% of the survivors are sex Negatives - they become violently ill if they attempt to have sex; the minority sex Positives are forced to engage in carnal theater for the entertainment of the Negatives at Café Flesh. Everyone is excited about the arrival at the club of the famous Positive Johnny Rico, one Negative woman is beginning to question her negativeness as she and her boyfriend grow more distant from each other. By the early 1970s, the pornographic film industry had gained popularity, through the success of films such as Behind the Green Door and Deep Throat.
During this period, there were many attempts to create artistic pornography, including The Devil in Miss Jones. There were non-pornographic films with hardcore sex, such as I Am Curious and In the Realm of the Senses. By the early 1980s, home video technology shifted the porn industry, pornography theaters were becoming less successful. In 1982, Café Flesh, which mixed sex and avant-garde theater, was released; the film was created and co-written by Stephen Sayadian, under the name "Rinse Dream", journalist Jerry Stahl, under the name "Herbert W. Day". Sayadin and Stahl made the film in two separate parts, using the non-pornographic elements of the film to attract financiers. Two actors involved in this film went on to notable work in mainstream productions. Lead actress Michelle Bauer, using the name Pia Snow in this film, became a prolific B-movie actress. Richard Belzer, a noted comedian at the time who became known for his roles in Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, appears as an audience member, but does not appear in any of the sexual scenes.
Café Flesh won the 1984 AVN Award for Best Art Direction - Film and has been inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame. Café Flesh 2 won the 1998 XRCO Award for Best Video and the 1999 AVN Award for Best Video Feature and Best Special Effects. Café Flesh on IMDb Cafe Flesh at the Internet Adult Film Database Cafe Flesh at the Adult Film Database Café Flesh at AllMovie Review of the film "Cafe Flesh" by Molly Case, SexyFandom, November 12, 2004 Cafe Flesh 2 on IMDb Cafe Flesh 2 at the Internet Adult Film Database Cafe Flesh 2 at the Adult Film Database Cafe Flesh 3 on IMDb Cafe Flesh 3 at the Internet Adult Film Database Cafe Flesh 3 at the Adult Film Database
The Ditty Bops
The Ditty Bops is an American band from Los Angeles, California. Though with Warner Brothers, they now self-produce, they are noted for playful style. They are headed by Amanda Barrett, their music is reminiscent of such artists as Joni Mitchell and Simon and Garfunkel, but incorporates a variety of musical styles such as folk, blues, western swing and musical theater. Their live shows are very interactive, have different themes and theatrical elements complete with props, costumes and amusing slide shows. Romantically involved since 1999, DeWald and Barrett met in New York City and formed The Ditty Bops years after a hunt for a neighbor's lost cat; when they unwittingly crossed into the backyard of a stranger, they discovered that he was a musician and an avid guitar collector. He encouraged them to start playing, their music has been included on the ABC show Grey's Anatomy, including "There's a Girl,", featured on the show's soundtrack CD. The band has appeared on The L Word; the Ditty Bops have appeared twice on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor: May 7, 2005 from Mitchell, South Dakota and June 18, 2005 from Highland Park, Illinois.
From May 23 through September 2, 2006, the Ditty Bops embarked on a cross-country tour by bicycle to promote the release of their second album, Moon Over the Freeway, while advocating a call-to-action about pollution and energy conservation. They traveled from Los Angeles to New York City, logging 4,502.75 miles. In October 2008, Abby and Amanda announced their marriage in California via an e-mail message to their fans and MySpace Blog. Bob Dylan's 2009; the Ditty Bops – Warner Bros. Records – 2004 Moon Over The Freeway – Warner Bros. Records – 2006 Pack Rat – Ditty Bops Music – 2007 Summer Rains – Ditty Bops Music – 2008 Songs for Steve – Ditty Bops Music – 2009 The Color Album – Ditty Bops Music – 2010 Love Letters – Ditty Bops Music – 2011 Jelly for President - Yes We Jam – Ditty Bops Music – 2011 ThoughtWorthy Media Interview with The Ditty Bops The Advocate: "Gotta have my Bops" "Folkscene", 2005-11-13, KPFK Official website Official Facebook Page -For most current news and info from the band itself The Ditty Bops at The Rock Hard Times, comprehensive discography, music videos, mp3s The Ditty Bops collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive Interview with music from The Ditty Bops The Ditty Bops on Last.fm Interview with Amanda Barrett on Sepiachord
La Bamba (song)
"La Bamba" is a Mexican folk song from the state of Veracruz, best known from a 1958 adaptation by Ritchie Valens, a top 40 hit in the U. S. charts and one of early rock and roll's best-known songs. Valens' version of "La Bamba" is included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings—published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies —and ranked number 345 on Rolling Stone magazine′s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, it is the only song on the list sung in a language other than English. "La Bamba" has been covered by numerous artists, most notably by Los Lobos, whose version was the title track of the 1987 film La Bamba and reached No. 1 in the U. S. and UK singles charts in the same year. The Los Lobos version remained No. 1 for three weeks in the summer of 1987. The music video for Los Lobos' version, directed by Sherman Halsey, won the 1988 MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film. "La Bamba" is a classic example of the son jarocho musical style, which originated in the Mexican state of Veracruz and combines Spanish and African musical elements.
The song is played on one or two arpas jarochas along with guitar relatives the jarana jarocha and the requinto jarocho. Lyrics to the song vary as performers improvise verses while performing. However, versions such as those by musical groups Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and Los Pregoneros del Puerto have survived because of the artists' popularity; the traditional aspect of "La Bamba" lies in the tune, which remains the same through most versions. The name of the dance, which has no direct English translation, is connected with the Spanish verb bambolear, meaning "to shake" or "to stomp". Or the name may be derived from the kimbundu word "mbamba" meaning "master" as in someone who does something adeptly or skillfully. A traditional huapango song, "La Bamba" is played during weddings in Veracruz, where the bride and groom perform the accompanying dance. Today this wedding tradition is observed less than in the past, but the dance is still popular through the popularity of ballet folklórico.
The dance is performed displaying the newly wed couple's unity through the performance of complicated, delicate steps in unison as well as through creation of a bow from a listón, a long red ribbon, using only their feet. The "arriba00" part of the song suggests the nature of the dance, in which the footwork, called "zapateado", is done faster and faster as the music tempo accelerates. A repeated lyric is "Yo no soy marinero, soy capitán", meaning "I am not a sailor, I am the captain". Although an obscure and non-existent 1908 Mexican recording has been cited, the earliest certain recording of the song is that by Alvaro Hernández Ortiz, credited as El Jarocho, released on the Victor label in Mexico in about 1939; this recording was reissued on a 1997 compilation by Yazoo Records, The Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 4. According to a 1945 article in Life magazine, the song and associated dance were brought "out of the jungle" at Veracruz by American bandleader Everett Hoagland, who introduced it at Ciro's nightclub in Mexico City.
It became popular, the song was adopted by Mexican presidential candidate Miguel Alemán Valdés who used it in his successful campaign. In 1945, the music and dance were introduced at the Stork Club in New York City by Arthur Murray. A popular version by Andrés Huesca and his brother Victor, billed as Hermanos Huesca, was issued on Peerless Records in Mexico in about 1945–46. Huesca re-recorded the song for RCA Victor in 1947, the same year the song featured as a production number in the MGM musical film Fiesta, performed by a group called Los Bocheros and with the songwriting credited to Luis Martinez Serrano; the Swedish-American folk singer William Clauson recorded the song in several languages in the early and mid 1950s. He claimed to have heard the song in Veracruz, in performance slowed down the tempo to encourage audience participation. Another version, "somewhat bowdlerized", was recorded by Cynthia Gooding on her 1953 Elektra album, Mexican Folk Songs; the song was recorded for the French market in 1956 by Juanita Linda and her backing group Los Mont-Real.
The same year, Harry Belafonte recorded the song, but a version by Belafonte was not commercially released until a live recording made at Carnegie Hall in 1960. The traditional song inspired Ritchie Valens' rock and roll version "La Bamba" in 1958. Valens' "La Bamba" infused the traditional tune with a rock drive, in part provided by session musicians Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye, making the song popular with a much wider record audience and earning it a place in rock history; the musicians on that session were Buddy Clark: string bass, Ernie Freeman: piano, Carol Kaye: acoustic rhythm guitar, Rene Hall: Danelectro guitar, Earl Palmer: drums and claves, Ritchie Valens: vocals, lead guitar. The song features a simple verse-chorus form. Valens, proud of his Mexican heritage, was hesitant at first to merge "La Bamba" with rock and roll but agreed; the song ranked No. 98 in VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll in 1999, No. 59 in VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2000. Furthermore, Valens' recording of the song was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame.
When the Los Lobos cover of Valens' version peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1987, Valens was retroactively credited with writing a No. 1 single. In 2019, Valens' version was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National
Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock and blues, she has released ten studio albums, four compilations, two live albums, has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. Her songs include "All I Wanna Do", "If It Makes You Happy", "My Favorite Mistake" and the theme song for the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, she has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Crow has garnered nine Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In addition to her own work, Crow has performed with the Dixie Chicks, Emmylou Harris, the Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Steve Earle, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, John Mellencamp, B. B. King, George Strait, Tony Bennett, Kid Rock, Vince Gill, Albert Lee and Zucchero Fornaciari, among others, she has performed backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Neal Schon.
As an actress, Crow has appeared on various television shows including 30 Rock, Cop Rock, GCB, Cougar Town, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, as well as One Tree Hill. Sheryl Suzanne Crow was born in Kennett, the daughter of Bernice, a piano teacher, Wendell Wyatt Crow, a lawyer and trumpet player, her great-grandfather was congressman Charles A. Crow, she has two older sisters named Kathy and Karen, a younger brother named Steven. While studying at Kennett High School, Crow was a majorette and an all-state track athlete, medaling in the 75-meter low hurdles, she joined the'pep club', the National Honor Society, the National FFA Organization, was crowned Paperdoll Queen in a celebrity-judged beauty contest during her senior year. She enrolled at the University of Missouri in Columbia and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition and education from the School of Music. While at the university, she sang in the local band Cashmere, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, the Omicron Delta Kappa Society as well as working as a'Summer Welcome' orientation leader.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, Crow worked as a music teacher at Kellison Elementary School in Fenton, Missouri. Teaching during the day gave her the opportunity to sing in bands on the weekends, she was introduced to local musician and record producer Jay Oliver. He had a studio in the basement of his parents' home in St. Louis and helped her by using her in advertising jingles, her first jingle was a'back to school' spot for the St Louis department store Famous-Barr. Soon after she sang in commercial jingles for McDonald's and Toyota, she was quoted in a 60 Minutes segment as saying. Crow toured with Michael Jackson as a backing vocalist during his Bad tour 1987–1989, performed with Jackson on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", she recorded background vocals for Stevie Wonder, Belinda Carlisle and Don Henley. In 1989, Crow contributed backing vocals to the Neal Schon track "Smoke of the Revolution" from his album Late Nite. Crow sang in the short-lived Steven Bochco drama Cop Rock in 1990 and her song "Heal Somebody" appeared in the film Bright Angel.
In 1991 her recording of "Welcome to the Real Life' featured on the soundtrack to the Brian Bosworth action film, Stone Cold. That year her performance of "Hundreds of Tears" was included in the Point Break soundtrack and she sang a duet with Kenny Loggins on the track "I Would Do Anything", from his album Leap of Faith. In 1992, Crow recorded her first attempt at a debut album with Sting's record producer Hugh Padgham; the self-titled debut album was due to be released on September 22, 1992, but Crow and her label mutually decided that the album did not merit release. Crow described it as "too produced" and "slick". However, a handful of cassette copies of the album were leaked, along with press folders for album publicity; this album has been dispersed via file sharing networks and fan trading. In the meantime, Crow's songs were recorded by major artists such as Celine Dion, Tina Turner and Wynonna Judd, she began dating Kevin Gilbert and joined him in an ad hoc group of musicians known to themselves as the "Tuesday Music Club."
Group members Gilbert, David Baerwald, David Ricketts, Bill Bottrell, Brian MacLeod, Dan Schwartz share songwriting credits with Crow on her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club. The group existed as a casual songwriting collective prior to its association with Crow but developed into a vehicle for her debut album after her arrival, her relationship with Gilbert became acrimonious soon after the album was released, disputes arose about songwriting credits. Crow appeared in the "New Faces" section of Rolling Stone in 1994. Tuesday Night Music Club featured many of the songs written by Crow's friends, including the second single, "Leaving Las Vegas"; the album was slow to garner attention, until "All I Wanna Do" became an unexpected smash hit in the fall of 1994. As she stated in People, she found an old poetry book in a used book store in the L. A. area and used a poem as lyrics in the song. The singles "Strong Enough" and "Can't Cry Anymore" were released, with the first song charting at No. 5 on Billboard and "Can't Cry Anymore" hitting the Top 40.
Tuesday Night Music Club went on to sell more than 7 million copies in the U. S. and U. K. during the 1990s. The album won Crow three Grammy Awards, in 1995: Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Perform
An Emmy Award, or Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, is the equivalent of an Academy Award, the Tony Award, the Grammy Award. Because Emmys are given in various sectors of the American television industry, they are presented in different annual ceremonies held throughout the year; the two events that receive the most media coverage are the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards, which recognize outstanding work in American primetime and daytime entertainment programming, respectively. Other notable Emmy Award ceremonies are those honoring national sports programming, national news and documentary shows, national business and financial reporting, technological and engineering achievements in television, including the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards. Regional Emmy Awards are presented throughout the country at various times through the year, recognizing excellence in local and statewide television. In addition, International Emmys are awarded for excellence in TV programming produced and aired outside the United States.
Three related but separate organizations present the Emmy Awards: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Each is responsible for administering a particular set of Emmy ceremonies; the Los Angeles–based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences established the Emmy Award as part of an image-building and public relations opportunity. The first Emmy Awards ceremony took place on January 25, 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club, but to honor shows produced and aired locally in the Los Angeles area. Shirley Dinsdale has the distinction of receiving the first Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality, during that first awards ceremony; the term "Emmy" is a French alteration of the television crew slang term "Immy", the nickname for an "image orthicon", a camera tube used in TV production. In the 1950s, the ATAS expanded the Emmys into a national event, presenting the awards to shows aired nationwide on broadcast television.
In 1955, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was formed in New York City as a sister organization to serve members on the East Coast, help to supervise the Emmys. The NATAS established regional chapters throughout the United States, with each one developing their own local Emmy awards show for local programming; the ATAS still however maintained its separate regional ceremony honoring local programming in the Los Angeles Area. There was only one Emmy Awards ceremony held per year to honor shows nationally broadcast in the United States. In 1974, the first Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony was held to honor achievement in national daytime programming. Other area-specific Emmy Awards ceremonies soon followed; the International Emmy Awards, honoring television programs produced and aired outside the U. S. was established in the early 1970s. Meanwhile, all Emmys awarded prior to the emergence of these separate, area-specific ceremonies are listed along with the Primetime Emmy Awards in the ATAS's official records.
In 1977, due to various conflicts, the ATAS and the NATAS agreed to split ties. However, they agreed to share ownership of the Emmy statue and trademark, with each responsible for administering a specific set of award ceremonies. There was an exception regarding the Engineering Awards: the NATAS continues to administer the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards, while the ATAS holds the separate Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards. With the rise of cable television in the 1980s, cable programs first became eligible for the Primetime Emmys in 1988 and the Daytime Emmys in 1989. In 2011, the ABC Television Network cancelled the soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live and sold the two shows' licensing rights to the production company Prospect Park so they could be continued on web television; the ATAS began accepting original online-only web television programs in 2013. The Emmy statuette, depicting a winged woman holding an atom, was designed by television engineer Louis McManus, who used his wife as the model.
The TV Academy rejected forty-seven proposals before settling on McManus's design in 1948. The statuette "has since become the symbol of the TV Academy's goal of supporting and uplifting the art and science of television: The wings represent the muse of art. However, "Ike" was the popular nickname of World War II hero and future U. S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Academy members wanted something unique. Television engineer and the third academy president Harry Lubcke suggested the name "Immy", a term used for the image orthicon tube used in the early cameras. After "Immy" was chosen, it was feminized to Emmy to match their female statuette; each Primetime Emmy statuette weighs six pounds, twelve-and-a-half ounces, is made of copper, nickel and gold. The statue stands 15.5 inches tall with weight of 88 oz. The Regional Emmy Award statuette is 11.5 inches tall with a base diameter of 5.5 inches and weight of 48 oz. Each takes five and a half hours to
Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer, guitarist and activist. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums that incorporated elements of blues, rock and country. In 1989, after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success, she had a major hit with the album Nick of Time; the following two albums, Luck of the Draw and Longing in Their Hearts, were multimillion sellers, generating several hit singles, including "Something to Talk About", "Love Sneakin' Up on You", the ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me". Raitt has received 10 Grammy Awards, she is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" and number 89 on the magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Australian Country Music Artist Graeme Connors has said, "Bonnie Raitt does something with a lyric no one else can do. Raitt was born in Burbank, the daughter of the Broadway musical star John Raitt and his first wife, the pianist Marjorie Haydock.
Raitt is of Scottish ancestry. She was raised in the Quaker tradition, she began playing guitar at Camp Regis-Applejack in New York, at an early age. She gained notice for her bottleneck-style guitar playing. Raitt says she played "at camp" in New York. After graduating from Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1967 Raitt entered Radcliffe College, majoring in social relations and African studies, she said her "plan was to travel to Tanzania, where President Julius Nyerere was creating a government based on democracy and socialism". Raitt became friends with blues promoter Dick Waterman. During her second year of college, Raitt left school for a semester and moved to Philadelphia with Waterman and other local musicians. Raitt says it was an "opportunity that changed everything." In the summer of 1970, she played with her brother David on stand up bass with Mississippi Fred McDowell at the Philly Folk Festival as well as Opening for John Hammond at the Gaslight Cafe in New York, she was seen by a reporter from Newsweek, who began to spread the word about her performance.
Scouts from major record companies were soon attending her shows to watch her play. She accepted an offer from Warner Bros. who soon released her debut album, Bonnie Raitt, in 1971. The album was warmly received by the music press, with many writers praising her skills as an interpreter and as a bottleneck guitarist. While admired by those who saw her perform, respected by her peers, Raitt gained little public acclaim for her work, her critical stature continued to grow but record sales remained modest. Her second album, Give It Up, was released in 1972 to positive reviews. Though many critics still regard it as her best work, it did not change her commercial fortunes. 1973's Takin' My Time was met with critical acclaim, but these notices were not matched by the sales. Raitt was beginning to receive greater press coverage, including a 1975 cover story for Rolling Stone, but with 1974's Streetlights, reviews for her work were becoming mixed. By now, Raitt was experimenting with different producers and different styles, she began to adopt a more mainstream sound that continued through 1975's Home Plate.
In 1976, Raitt made an appearance on Warren Zevon's eponymous album. 1977's Sweet Forgiveness album gave Raitt her first commercial breakthrough when it yielded a hit single in her remake of "Runaway." Recast as a heavy rhythm and blues recording based on a rhythmic groove inspired by Al Green, Raitt's version of "Runaway" was disparaged by many critics. However, the song's commercial success prompted a bidding war for Raitt between Warner Bros. and Columbia Records. "There was this big Columbia–Warner war going on at the time", recalled Raitt in a 1990 interview. "James Taylor had just left Warner Bros. and made a big album for Columbia... And Warner signed Paul Simon away from Columbia, they didn't want me to have a hit record for Columbia – no matter what! So, I renegotiated my contract, they matched Columbia's offer. Frankly the deal was a big deal."Warner Brothers held higher expectations for Raitt's next album, The Glow, in 1979, but it was released to poor reviews as well as modest sales.
Raitt would have one commercial success in 1979 when she helped organize the five Musicians United for Safe Energy concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The shows spawned the three-record gold album No Nukes, as well as a Warner Brothers feature film of the same name; the shows featured co-founders Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, John Hall, Raitt as well as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Gil Scott-Heron, numerous others. For her next record, 1982's Green Light, Raitt made a conscious attempt to revisit the sound of her earlier records. However, to her surprise, many of her peers and the media compared her new sound to the burgeoning new wave movement; the album received her strongest reviews in years, but her sales did not improve and this would have a severe impact on her relationship with Warner Brothers. In 1983, as Raitt was finishing work on her follow-up album, entitled Tongue and Groove, Warner Brothers "cleaned house", dropping a number of major artists such as Van Morrison and Arlo Guthrie from their roster.
The day after mastering was completed on Tongue & Groove, the record label dropped Raitt also. The album was shelved indefinitely, Raitt was left without a record label. By Raitt was str
Declan Patrick MacManus, better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is an English musician, songwriter, record producer, television presenter, occasional actor. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement that emerged in the mid-to-late 1970s, his critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was released in 1977. Shortly after recording it, he formed the Attractions as his backing band, his second album, This Year's Model, was released in 1978, was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums from 1967–1987. His third album, Armed Forces, was released in 1979, features his highest-charting single "Oliver's Army", his first three albums all appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Costello and the Attractions toured and recorded together for the better part of a decade, though differences between them caused a split by 1986.
Much of Costello's work since has been as a solo artist, though reunions with members of the Attractions have been credited to the group over the years. Steeped in wordplay, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broad, his music has drawn on many diverse genres. He has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Singer. In 2003, Costello and the Attractions were inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Costello has co-written several original songs for motion pictures, including "God Give Me Strength" from Grace of My Heart and "The Scarlet Tide" from Cold Mountain. For the latter, Costello was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Costello was born on 25 August 1954 at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, is of Irish descent on his father's side.
He is the son of Lilian Alda and Ross MacManus, a jazz trumpeter who sang with the Joe Loss Orchestra and who performed as a solo cabaret act. Costello lived in Twickenham, attending both St. Edmund's Catholic Primary School in nearby Whitton and Archbishop Myers Secondary Modern R. C. School, now St Mark's Catholic Secondary School, in neighbouring Hounslow. In 1971, the 16-year-old Costello moved with his Liverpool-born mother to Birkenhead, where he formed his first band, a folk duo called Rusty, with Allan Mayes. After completing his education at St. Francis Xavier's College in Liverpool, Costello worked at a number of office jobs to support himself, most famously at Elizabeth Arden, where he was employed as a data entry clerk; this is immortalised in the lyrics of "I'm Not Angry" as the "vanity factory". He worked for a short period as a computer operator at the Midland Bank computer centre in Bootle. In 1974, he moved back to London, where he formed a pub rock band called Flip City, who were active from 1974 through to early 1976.
Costello's first broadcast recording was with his father in a television commercial for R. White's Lemonade which aired in 1974, his father sang Costello sang backing vocals. He began looking for a solo recording contract, he was signed in 1976 to independent label Stiff Records on the basis of a demo tape. His manager at Stiff, Jake Riviera, suggested that the singer calling himself D. P. Costello, start using the first name Elvis. Costello's first single for Stiff was "Less Than Zero", released on 25 March 1977. Four months his debut album, My Aim Is True, was released to moderate commercial success with Costello appearing on the cover in what became his trademark oversize glasses, bearing some resemblance to Buddy Holly. Costello failed to chart with his early singles, which included "Less Than Zero" and the ballad "Alison". Stiff's records were distributed only in the UK, which meant that Costello's first album and singles were available in the US as imports only. In an attempt to change this, Costello was arrested for busking outside a London convention of CBS Records executives, protesting that no US record company had yet seen fit to release his records in the United States.
Costello signed to Columbia Records, CBS in the U. S. a few months later. The backing for Costello's debut album was provided by American West Coast band Clover, a country outfit living in England whose members would go on to join Huey Lewis and the News and the Doobie Brothers. Costello released his first major hit single, "Watching the Detectives", recorded with Steve Nieve and the pair of Steve Goulding and Andrew Bodnar, both members of Graham Parker's backing band the Rumour. Added to the U. S. version of My Aim Is True, the song contained scathing verses about the vicarious enjoyment of TV violence over a reggae beat. In 1977, Costello formed his own permanent backing band, the Attractions, consisting of Steve Nieve, Bruce Thomas, Pete Thomas. On 17 December 1977, Costello and the Attractions, as a replacement act for the Sex Pistols, were scheduled to play "Less Than Zero" on Saturday Night Live.