Saturday, June 16, 2007

Radio, Radio

This post goes out to Krazee, he's my inspiration tonight. Check out the last video from his "Whiskey Lullaby" post, and you'll see what I'm getting at.

In December of 1977, Elvis Costello and the Attractions were playing Saturday Night Live, as a substitute for the Sex Pistols, who were having troubles getting visas to travel to the US. Costello's label, Columbia Records, wanted the band to play "Less Than Zero", a song that had been out for a little bit, in order to get more attention up for his soon-to-be released album My Aim is True. Elvis didn't want to play the song. So, a few bars into "Less Than Zero", he stopped the song, and launched into "Radio, Radio", a new one that was almost a protest song, stating how controlling the record companies could be over what songs were played. Doing this song was basically sticking the middle finger up to corporate radio. I love it. After this performance, Costello was banned from SNL for twelve years.

anyways, here's the video from that performance. Enjoy!

1 comment:

whiskeymarie said...

Oh lordy, I love me some Elvis.