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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: 5722

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: 458

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: 465

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: 75
Views: 57073

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: 5722

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: 5891

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: 9706

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: 9706

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: 717

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: 169
Views: 66401

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: 2263

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: 1503

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: 13046

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: 3016

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: 322707

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: 322707

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: 322707

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: 322707

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: 1549
Views: 778744

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: 4070

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: 14255

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: 8214

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: 18409

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...

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