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by rightbrain
Thu May 21, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Happy Ascension Day
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Happy Ascension Day

Today (Thursday, May 21) is Ascension Day (40 days after Easter) on the Catholic calendar. "40 days passed by . . . but we'll all be together, come Ascension Day." Leave it to former Altar Boy Elvis to dip back into his upbringing to mine it as an allegory for a personalized hymn about pos...
by rightbrain
Tue May 19, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Steve Nieve - The Daily Improvisation
Replies: 132
Views: 17722

Re: Steve Nieve - The Daily Improvisation

Wondering if the date of the EC appearance with Steve (May 17) had any impact on the song selections. It was May 17, 1986 when EC "married" Cait O'Riordan at St. Stephen's Green. Hearing a Pogues tune and "My Little Blue Window" had me thinking that May 17 from 34-years ago may h...
by rightbrain
Tue May 05, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: GET HAPPY!! 4 surviving songs SHOULD BE
Replies: 11
Views: 1424

Re: GET HAPPY!! 4 surviving songs SHOULD BE

THE IMPOSTER
MAN CALLED UNCLE
BLACK AND WHITE WORLD
B MOVIE
by rightbrain
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Round 11)
Replies: 3
Views: 1215

Re: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Round 11)

Full Disclosure: IbMePdErRoIoAmL is my favorite EC LP of all-time (as noted by the fussy way I typed out the title!). But seriously, I bought it the day it came out on July 2, 1982, (as a 20-year old), and was instantly mesmerized - plus PRINTED LYRICS for the first time ever. It also served then (a...
by rightbrain
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC to appear on Artists4NHS interview and live performance series, March 27, 2020
Replies: 23
Views: 4566

Re: EC to appear on Artists4NHS interview and live performance series, March 27, 2020

Interesting EC talks about Dusty Springfield's version of "Losing You (Just A Memory)" from her "White Heat" LP. It was recorded in 1982, but how about the irony that a 25-year old Davey Faragher played bass on that LP! Talk about life coming full circle. Amazing. Surprised EC di...
by rightbrain
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello Warehouse sale
Replies: 5
Views: 2635

Re: Elvis Costello Warehouse sale

Any idea what the "Imperial Bedroom Program" is? Does not appear to be related to the "And Other Chambers" tour. Does anyone have this?
by rightbrain
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis when you least expect it
Replies: 720
Views: 298697

Re: Elvis when you least expect it

And of course, 1980's High Fidelity begins with . . . "Some things you never get used to" from Diana Ross and the Supremes just 11 years earlier.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBmJayScjew
by rightbrain
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis when you least expect it
Replies: 720
Views: 298697

Re: Elvis when you least expect it

You just reminded me of a lyric in a Hank Williams song that reminds me of a line in "Crimes of Paris" EC’s “Crimes of Paris” And I find it hard to swallow good advice Like going down three times to only come up twice Come up twice The Hank Williams Song “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” And when...
by rightbrain
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis when you least expect it
Replies: 720
Views: 298697

Re: Elvis when you least expect it

Ha! Yes, that would explain it! Listening to that song for 40 years, and had no idea the opening line was lifted from a 1963 Cliff Richard song (and movie). Still learning those British references after all this time. Still have no idea who "Betty Felon" is for example. https://www.youtube...
by rightbrain
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis when you least expect it
Replies: 720
Views: 298697

Re: Elvis when you least expect it

Opening line from "The Beat" ("We're all going on a Summer holiday") leads off this newspaper article about the importance of taking vacation time off!
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comm ... a-holiday/
by rightbrain
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Relatively Insignificant EC Stuff. . .
Replies: 1539
Views: 718855

Re: Relatively Insignificant EC Stuff. . .

Today (July 24) is the Feast of St. Declan of Ardmore (an Irish Saint from the 5th Century). A blessed St. Declan's Day to all!
by rightbrain
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello’s 1977 US Launch: The Inside Story
Replies: 5
Views: 3637

Re: Elvis Costello’s 1977 US Launch: The Inside Story

". . . and it's really just a silly fragment of paper."

1977: "Putting His Fate In Your Hands"

1993: "Taking My Life In Your Hands" appears on The Juliet Letters
by rightbrain
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Just for the fun of it
Replies: 34
Views: 13004

Re: Just for the fun of it

Boy With A Different Finger
King Dangle
Remove This Shirt
Punishing Mouth
The Long Savage
Distorted Tart
Shabby Petals
Sleep Of The Imposter
Charm Palaces
Lipstick In The Dark
Human Worth
You Hung The Optimist
by rightbrain
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Favourite lyrical alliteration (formerly assonance!)
Replies: 14
Views: 6518

Re: Favourite lyrical alliteration (formerly assonance!)

THE GREAT UNKNOWN from 1984's offers up this lovely line:

"Footprints set in sentimental cement"

the print/ment rhyme is the crowning touch!
by rightbrain
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 5 Favorite Elvis Albums
Replies: 31
Views: 16532

Re: 5 Favorite Elvis Albums

I like the way " A Rope Leash " described the list as albums that mean the most . . . as a fan from the beginning, it's interesting to look back at what meant so much as a High-School teen-ager, vs. a young man, vs. a "middle-aged" man (assuming I live to be 100). As of today, th...
by rightbrain
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Favourite lyrical alliteration (formerly assonance!)
Replies: 14
Views: 6518

Re: Favourite lyrical alliteration (formerly assonance!)

I always liked the vocal delivery on this line from "Starting To Come To Me" . . . In private she's seductive, but in public, she`s prim, porcelain and nervous.
by rightbrain
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis & The Imposters, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre , Dec. 4th 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 11020

Re: Elvis & The Imposters, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre , Dec. 4th 2018

Lovely. Thanks so much for posting. One of my favorite songs from LOOK NOW, and as presented here, the piano tune/melody would have fit beautifully with the second-half of NORTH.
by rightbrain
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now , October 2018
Replies: 475
Views: 197445

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

Speaking of throwing ashtrays . . . I'm reminded of "And it`s all here and now, she hit him with that paper-weight Eiffel Tower." from Crimes of Paris.
by rightbrain
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Painted From Memory on vinyl , June 2017, Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD , Oct. '17
Replies: 112
Views: 58313

Re: Painted From Memory on vinyl , June 2017, Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD , Oct. '17

"one-offs like 1993’s The Juliet Letters (a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet)"

Ugh.

Fact check?
by rightbrain
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis & Attractions, Hope and Anchor 1980
Replies: 10
Views: 2895

Re: Elvis & Attractions, Hope and Anchor 1980

Assuming this is the May 14, 1980 show with Martin Belmont on guitar sitting in for Steve Nieve. They made a hash of the original running order of the setlist, but man are these songs played FAST. Not to open an old can of worms, but Bruce Thomas was absolutely brilliant on every song. I especially ...
by rightbrain
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's funniest line or song
Replies: 19
Views: 7271

Re: Elvis's funniest line or song

Speaking of funny put downs:

"She said that she was working for the ABC News, it was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use."

Extra fun for the way EC pronounces Alphabet as "AlphRabet."
by rightbrain
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's funniest line or song
Replies: 19
Views: 7271

Re: Elvis's funniest line or song

It's hard to beat:

I said "I'm so happy, I could die." She said, "Drop dead!" then left with another guy.

Ouch.

But FUNNY!
by rightbrain
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: My culture fix: Elvis Costello , The Times, Sept 8 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 2554

Re: My culture fix: Elvis Costello , The Times, Sept 8 2018

Perhaps inspired a lyric for the song EPISODE OF BLONDE:

So an artist drags a toothbrush across the first thing that he sees
And names the painting "Christ's Last Exit into Purgatory"

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