Elvis and Billie Joe sing "Alison" on VH1
In the mid 80s LAist pumped gas at the Union 76 on Santa Monica and Beverly Glen right near Century City.
Sony was right near there and one day this woman drives in and we fill up her tank and wash her windows and check her oil and when she signs the credit card receipt she says that she doesn't have a tip but has a few records she can give us. One of them was Elvis Costello's Greatest Hits.
In those days we rocked the Walkman, which meant we had to tape our records onto Maxell XLII's. Some of our friends used XLIIS's but we'd been to a few too many Iron Maiden concerts to be able to tell the difference in quality.
At lunch you could either drive around the westside, or grab a sandwich at the Beverly Glenn Market (r.i.p.) and then lay in the back of your car with your headphones on and nap for a half hour.
LAist spent many many afternoons napping on a street in Beverly Hills in the backseat of our car listening to one album after the other. That greatest hits album inspired us to go over to Rhino on Westwood (r.i.p) and see if there was any used Elvis on tape, and there always was. So one after another we ended up with all of them.
And one nice thing about "Alison" is that even though it was Elvis at his earliest, and even though it wasn't with the Attractions as we know them, it is classic Elvis Costello, and probably the best song he ever wrote. But what's interesting about Elvis is even though he peaked right out of the chute, he stayed at an amazingly high level for a long time.
We think he should do a series of country records.
If you have VH1 Classic you can see Elvis, aka Declan MacManus, aka Napoleon Dynamite, aka the King of America, with Billie Joe from Green Day sing a handful of Elvis classics, and some Green Day tunes as well.