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by rightbrain
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New song “Hey Clockface / How Can You Face Me’, sept 11, 2020
Replies: 31
Views: 6357

Re: New song “Hey Clockface / How Can You Face Me’, sept 11, 2020

Sounds like I'm in the minority here. This is my favorite song off the new album (so far). I liked it when EC debuted it on Steve's Facebook Immobile Tour earlier this Summer and really love the arrangement. Now, in full transparency, I also greatly enjoyed Elvis singing "Let's Misbehave" ...
by rightbrain
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Blood and Chocolate Survivor - Final Round
Replies: 5
Views: 3464

Re: Blood and Chocolate Survivor - Final Round

Now it can be told - I would have been happy for any of these to have been top: Blue Chair Next Time Round Crimes of Paris They are just so incredibly melodic, poppy and joyous, undercut by the dark lyrics. I heart them. The verses pull you in, the choruses are INCREDIBLE and the middle eights are ...
by rightbrain
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Do you have a favorite EC concert?
Replies: 55
Views: 15582

Re: Do you have a favorite EC concert?

I've been fortunate to have seen EC about 75 times in a 37-year period (1982-2019). A shout-out to HARRY LIME for how similar our EC Paths have run. My first concert was Friday, August 13, 1982 at The Ohio Center, Columbus, Ohio and my second was Sunday, August 15, 1982 Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio (...
by rightbrain
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Blood and Chocolate Survivor - Round 4
Replies: 15
Views: 5135

Re: Blood and Chocolate Survivor - Round 4

Late chiming in here, but "Next Time 'Round " is actually my favorite song on Blood & Chocolate, and easily in my own personal "EC Top 20." For all of the reasons mentioned . . . and a few more. Namely, I love that young Declan's Catholic upbringing finds its way into the sen...
by rightbrain
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New song ‘Hetty O’Hara Confidential’, July 10, 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 38461

Re: New song ‘Hetty O’Hara Confidential’, July 10, 2020

Did anyone notice an entry on EC's Facebook page by Nemi Von Fritzenberg? She says Rose Brennan, who sang with Ross MacManus in the Joe Loss orchestra, had a cousin named "Hetty O'Haire." An improbable coincidence?
by rightbrain
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis writes about Peter Green RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 5612

Re: Elvis writes about Peter Green RIP

It's fair to say you can probably hear the influence that "Oh Well Part 2" must have had on The MacManus Gang EP "A Town Called Big Nothing" from 1987.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRFvsLlC_ZM
by rightbrain
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Trust Survivor - Round 4
Replies: 3
Views: 4672

Re: Trust Survivor - Round 4

To all of you who voted out "Pretty Words" . . . you don't know what's what! You don't know what you got!

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Seriously, I love EC's singing on "Pretty Words" . . . one of his best vocal performances on the album. Sorry to see it go so soon!
by rightbrain
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Mystery songs on ASCAP site
Replies: 79
Views: 104558

Re: Mystery songs on ASCAP site

I wonder if "Maud" was inspired by Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 1855 Victorian-age poem? In its day, people were shocked by the "morbidity and hysteria" of it. Tennyson's Maud leads the narrator's father into bankruptcy and ultimately suicide. I suppose we'll know . . . if there is a ...
by rightbrain
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New song ‘Hetty O’Hara Confidential’, July 10, 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 38461

Re: New song ‘Hetty O’Hara Confidential’, July 10, 2020

As nearly everyone has noted, a definite WIWC 2002 vibe. In fact, I bet in a live concert setting, EC could seamlessly weave a line or two of "Hetty" into "Episode Of Blonde" without anyone really noticing. "So you jumped back with alarm/Every Elvis has his army/Every rattle...
by rightbrain
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: which of these two long players is MORE of a clunker?
Replies: 40
Views: 14886

Re: which of these two long players is MORE of a clunker?

Very much enjoying this friendly discussion. Count me in as a fan of MLAR . " Couldn't Call It Unexpected #4 " is one of the best vocals EC has ever done. " All Grown Up " is also fantastic. But then again, I adore NORTH , and just about everything on PFM . In fact, I frequently ...
by rightbrain
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 21348

Re: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020

Indeed. The "Arlo" would also appear to be a nod to Arlo Guthrie, a protest singer in his own right, and son of Woody Guthrie, whom EC has covered in the past: "So Long, It's Been Good To Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust)" at Mill Valley, and "Pretty Boy Floyd" snippets during ...
by rightbrain
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 21348

Re: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020

Can't imagine any other artist dropping "No Flag" and "Hey Clockface" within a couple of months from one another. A raver and a crooner. Crunchy and smooth. There's always an EC to suit every mood! "No Flag" seems like a sequel to "Walk Us Uptown" . . . Will y...
by rightbrain
Thu May 21, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Happy Ascension Day
Replies: 3
Views: 1176

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 Immobile Tour BackStage
Replies: 183
Views: 208746

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: 2987

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: 1877

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: 27971

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: 3380

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: 358559

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: 358559

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: 358559

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: 358559

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: 1554
Views: 924524

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!

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