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by Ypsilanti
Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Battered Old Bird
Replies: 35
Views: 4719

Re: Battered Old Bird

Back to Battered Old Bird...Ypsilanti, I don't really understand what you were saying about "the bottle of sweet sherry that everything redeems" - surely all it means is that once he's drunk, everything feels okay, he feels redeemed from all his sins. I do understand the idea Elvis puttin...
by Ypsilanti
Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Battered Old Bird
Replies: 35
Views: 4719

Re: Battered Old Bird

Back to Battered Old Bird...Ypsilanti, I don't really understand what you were saying about "the bottle of sweet sherry that everything redeems" - surely all it means is that once he's drunk, everything feels okay, he feels redeemed from all his sins. I do understand the idea Elvis puttin...
by Ypsilanti
Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Battered Old Bird
Replies: 35
Views: 4719

Re: Battered Old Bird

Battered Old Bird...one of my favorites. Gives me chills. Love the way the intensity keeps building... My favorite thing is a little detail in the lyrics... 'Til he chopped off the head of a visitor's child He danced upon the bonfire Swallowed sleeping pills like dreams With a bottle of sweet sherry...
by Ypsilanti
Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Sparkling Day' by Elvis
Replies: 182
Views: 29018

Re: 'Sparkling Day' by Elvis on soundtrack for 'One Day' Aug

Sparkling Day: Finally listened to it. Upon first listen...not loving, really. For me, it seems like the vocal and the melody are at odds with each other. Perhaps the lyric is too wordy for the music to support the vocal properly. But I will give it another try... Power belting: Love it most of the ...
by Ypsilanti
Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:14 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Suffering Face"
Replies: 39
Views: 6794

Re: "Suffering Face"

Does anyone else consider this one of the most absolutely gorgeous songs EC has ever written? I'm floored every time. While I like "Suffering Face" very much (gorgeous vocal), I am always bothered by... You don't need the same old rivet gun You need a brand new wrench ...which has got to ...
by Ypsilanti
Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:26 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: songs Elvis should retire (if he hasn't already)
Replies: 47
Views: 7287

Re: songs Elvis should retire (if he hasn't already)

I actually count four different, recent versions of "Every Day I Write the Book". - The original "rock-lite" arrangement played by The Imposters recently. - The punky version posted by Natasha. - The Sugarcanes arrangement, with the modified chorus. - The solo acoustic version, ...
by Ypsilanti
Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:38 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Ross passes....R.I.P. Mr. MacManus
Replies: 41
Views: 6907

Re: Ross passes....R.I.P. Mr. MacManus

Very sad, indeed. Wonderful, though, that he lived to such a ripe age and Elvis got to enjoy the blessing of having a father, well into his own maturity...
by Ypsilanti
Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:12 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why
Replies: 83
Views: 9600

Re: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why

anybody else mention Sunday's Best? Sunday's Best? :shock: :shock: I'll mention that it's one of my very most beloved EC songs. C'mon...how can anyone dislike this one? It's funny, charming...one of EC's great, unusual "ice rink"-sounding songs--like nothing else I know of in the world of...
by Ypsilanti
Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:58 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Cover Versions Of Elvis Songs You'd Like To Hear
Replies: 33
Views: 4056

Re: Cover Versions Of Elvis Songs You'd Like To Hear

Neil. wrote:Motel Matches should be a standard ballad - everyone should be covering it.

Absolutely!!!

Also...Tom Waits should cover Man Called Uncle
by Ypsilanti
Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:52 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Couldn't Call it Unexpected 4 / Rainbow Connection
Replies: 2
Views: 1006

Re: Couldn't Call it Unexpected 4 / Rainbow Connection

Hahahaha! That's Awesome! I can totally picture Elvis singing it, too...maybe a bit added into CCIU4, as he does with Alison/Suspicious Minds...
by Ypsilanti
Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:58 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why
Replies: 83
Views: 9600

Re: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why

Yanyna wrote:songs like Go Away, Tokyo Storm Warning, etc. are perfect for my morning's travelling by metro... :)

Also very good at the gym...
by Ypsilanti
Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:54 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why
Replies: 83
Views: 9600

Re: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why

... The imagery swirls with playful fun. Love the rhyme 'thrillin' with 'villain'. The vibe is very Sixties nightclub, girls with straight hair, straight fringe, dancing like Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction or The Frug in Sweet Charity. Awesome, Neil!!! References to movies/film/cinema appear quite fre...
by Ypsilanti
Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:44 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why
Replies: 83
Views: 9600

Re: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why

Jeez, BA...Coal Train Robberies is probably one of my top 5 favorites of all...but only the Rhino bonus version...it's a totally different song. Actually listening to that disk right now. Have to say the Rhino bonus disks for both Spike and GCW are among my favorites and most often played. Once all...
by Ypsilanti
Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:33 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why
Replies: 83
Views: 9600

Re: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why

I love Go Away because it's Watching The Detectives, revisited, 30 years later... If Detectives is about the delicious experience of watching some sleazy, pulpy Film Noir movie, Go away is about watching a much fancier European detective movie--a movie, that while full of all the right details, is h...
by Ypsilanti
Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why
Replies: 83
Views: 9600

Re: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why

Jeez, BA...Coal Train Robberies is probably one of my top 5 favorites of all...but only the Rhino bonus version...it's a totally different song. Actually listening to that disk right now. Have to say the Rhino bonus disks for both Spike and GCW are among my favorites and most often played. Once all ...
by Ypsilanti
Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why
Replies: 83
Views: 9600

Re: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why

Yps, I love You'll Never Be A Man. I always take it to be a character accusing him, Elvis, of not being man enough. I love the way he sees manhood as an exam you need to sit: "I don't wanna be first, I just want to pass." The melody, underpinned by Steve's amazing piano flourishes, is won...
by Ypsilanti
Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why
Replies: 83
Views: 9600

Re: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why

I have no problem with Eisenhower Blues, especially since it's a cover...I assume it came out of the recording session with Ray Brown...some obscure old song they were all drunkenly chatting about in the studio and the next thing you know, it's on the record. Probably a nice memory for Elvis which h...
by Ypsilanti
Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis plays Prague, Nov. 4, 2011
Replies: 73
Views: 19308

Re: Elvis plays Prague, Nov. 4, 2011

I’m so happy you like my thoughts about the show! Now, after two days I have strange tiny details stuck in my head...how he walked in...cold blue lights...the dramatic pause in Stations of the Cross...the relaxed bossa-nova beat of All or Nothing at All...the moment when I saw return of young Elvis...
by Ypsilanti
Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:54 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis and the Imposters, Indianapolis, IN, Sep. 26, 2011
Replies: 17
Views: 2201

Re: Elvis and the Imposters, Indianapolis, IN, Sep. 26, 2011

Hi Redsfan!
What a lovely first post! Glad to have you on board!
Look forward to more of your ramblings. :)
Ypsi
by Ypsilanti
Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:49 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: If you were EC would you look at this site?
Replies: 27
Views: 3524

Re: If you were EC would you look at this site?

The have been so many coincidences--I'm sure he is aware of the content of this site from time to time, but I'm also sure he never looks at himself. I imagine there is some poor unpaid intern at his management company who combs the internet for Elvis info and maybe Elvis eventually looks at a summer...
by Ypsilanti
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Plans for 2012 and some bad news . . .
Replies: 28
Views: 4219

Re: Plans for 2012 and some bad news . . .

Always got the impression Elvis & Ross have the kind of great Father/Son relationship many of us wish we could have. Must be an especially hard time for him because of this. So sad.
by Ypsilanti
Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis/Imposters, New York, Oct. 1 '11
Replies: 105
Views: 7527

Re: Elvis/Imposters, New York, Oct. 1 '11

Some points off for the staff of the The United Palace, who SUCKED-- useless ushers Wow, those guys were clueless! They had no idea what they were doing. I was directing people to their seats after the ushers brought them to the wrong place. We were initially seated in the wrong seats and then had ...
by Ypsilanti
Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:17 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis/Imposters, New York, Oct. 1 '11
Replies: 105
Views: 7527

Re: Elvis/Imposters, New York, Oct. 1 '11

My Hub just pointed out the wheel was pre-set to Alison before the show started... That really was genius...almost no one shouted out requests throughout the entire show. Very polite & enthusiastic crowd. Maybe EC defused that tendency by getting the "hits" out of the way first. Or may...
by Ypsilanti
Sun Oct 02, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis/Imposters, New York, Oct. 1 '11
Replies: 105
Views: 7527

Re: Elvis/Imposters, New York, Oct. 1 '11

So great!!! I'm in the Mood Again? Suit of Lights? Stella Hurt? Stations of the Cross? So fucking fabulous!!!! Some points off for the staff of the The United Palace, who SUCKED--all kinds of imaginary problems with our tickets, useless ushers, overflowing toilets, etc Also, how creepy was that firs...

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