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by Poor Deportee
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 312
Views: 22171

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

If you ask me (and no one did) EC has quietly assembled a formidable body of late-career work. NR, WUG, and this record all rank with the best stuff he's ever done, and can stand with any trio of records from any phase of his career. These, as I see it, are the real fruits of his meandering late '90...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 312
Views: 22171

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

Oh my God, once you twig to the Cameron reference, it is impossible to go back. Just the perfect final touch to a career-highlight song. Neil, I'm tolerably bilingual - another Canadian - and don't like the rolled Rs either; but then again I don't think he is really pretending to be anything other t...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 312
Views: 22171

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

This is indeed a mature, sophisticated, gorgeous pop album. And that suits me just fine. I've always seen Elvis as a pop artist more than a visceral rock and roller, which he really only was on TYM. It's a gorgeous album sonically. The production, the musicianship, the lush backing vocals - it's all...
by Poor Deportee
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New Elvis Costello interview re: McCartney collaboration
Replies: 10
Views: 1105

Re: New Elvis Costello interview re: McCartney collaboration

Oh, Elvis is certainly adventurous - only a loon would deny that. What I'm saying is that he mostly ignores contemporary sonic pallettes and options, in stark contrast to the EC who materialized with the Attractions and had a cutting-edge sound for a while. At some point in the early '90s he seems t...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New Elvis Costello interview re: McCartney collaboration
Replies: 10
Views: 1105

Re: New Elvis Costello interview re: McCartney collaboration

He is surely right about Lennon using auto-tune - apparently Lennon was always demanding that George Martin 'smother his voice with ketchup.' I revile the abuse of auto-tune. But there's no reason it can't be used to achieve a specific effect (as Macca seems to have done), or tastefully - as Bob Roc...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello cancels tour after surgery to remove 'aggressive' tumour
Replies: 39
Views: 4696

Re: Elvis Costello cancels tour after surgery to remove 'aggressive' tumour

The tone of EC's release is that the surgery is done and he just needs more recovery time. I'm not a medical doctor, nor do I play one on TV. But my wife has a very non-aggressive breast tumour. It has been removed by surgery. Still she requires months of chemo treatment, and this will be followed b...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New Elvis song in "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool", on Oscar longlist
Replies: 131
Views: 30241

Re: New Elvis song in "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool"

I think EC's "third act" as a recording artist was the Universal Years plus his 2 LPs for Hear Music, ending with NR. I think we are in the Epilogue now. Unless something changes, we are in the part where he only makes records when someone else makes it happen, but never because he himsel...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Reissue catalogue in a mess?
Replies: 31
Views: 7246

Re: Reissue catalogue in a mess?

Elvis's apparently petulant refusal to release new music in the wake of 'National Ransom' has, in my opinion, contributed to his failure to ascend to the status that Bob Dylan managed to secure - that of being cool and interesting to new audiences late in his career. Elvis is an elder statesman of s...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis song taught at 'O'-level?
Replies: 19
Views: 4298

Re: Elvis song taught at 'O'-level?

Elvis preceded this song in his solo shows in 1984 by saying this song was nonsense. I think by hearing him play it slowly I actually realised what the words were although I had no idea what the song meant. Turned out Elvis didn't either :lol: Just goes to show - coherence is one thing, sheer enter...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New Elvis song in "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool", on Oscar longlist
Replies: 131
Views: 30241

Re: New Elvis song in "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool"

Elvis has many options. He could just record some demos and release them to the internet, or sell them as singles on iTunes. This would mitigate any concerns over losing money on cutting records. He could, as you suggest, record some new stuff in a live setting and release it to the world. He could ...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis song taught at 'O'-level?
Replies: 19
Views: 4298

Re: Elvis song taught at 'O'-level?

Blimey, really? Such an obscure track - but I don't dislike it. It's like 'Dissolve', 'Daddy Can I Turn This', 'Beaten to the Punch', 'Button my Lip' - a really noisy rocker that he likes to slip in now and again. (And when I think of it, I always want to start singing "At the Arrivaderci Roma...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Reissue catalogue in a mess?
Replies: 31
Views: 7246

Re: Reissue catalogue in a mess?

erey wrote:
Poor Deportee wrote:
There is no "case to be made" for it, apart from whatever interest we find in the question.


Well, then find some interest. Say something interesting.


An oddly hostile response. But I regret that my submissions fall short of erey's inestimable bar of wit and insight.
by Poor Deportee
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Reissue catalogue in a mess?
Replies: 31
Views: 7246

Re: Reissue catalogue in a mess?

He may not care much - that seems true enough - but that doesn't make the question of what his "legacy" is irrelevant. You raised the question, so I'd say it's encumbant on you to make a case for its revelance. There is no "case to be made" for it, apart from whatever interest w...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Reissue catalogue in a mess?
Replies: 31
Views: 7246

Re: Reissue catalogue in a mess?

A wider question concerns EC's general legacy. 30 years from now, when a good chunk of his long-term fan base is either in the earth or in dotage, how much of his work will remain widely circulated and of ongoing interest? Don't ask me. I don't think he cares much about his posthumous legacy. He's ...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC plays Leonard Cohen tribute in Montreal, November 6, 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 6721

Re: EC plays Leonard Cohen tribute in Montreal, November 6, 2017

I'll admit to being mildly annoyed at EC's refusal to make new records. I'm sure he would tell me to go f**k myself, and yes, how he lives his life is wholly his prerogative. Nonetheless, it's been four years since the Roots record - an album in which others were the driving force - and seven years ...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Reissue catalogue in a mess?
Replies: 31
Views: 7246

Re: Reissue catalogue in a mess?

That's a great note from EC! The remark about WB cracks me up :lol: I also enjoy the cynicism in the line about "having Universal's money" and hey, they can self-immolate if they like. As a fan, I'd appreciate his remark about "not living in the past" a lot more if he were still ...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New Elvis song in "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool", on Oscar longlist
Replies: 131
Views: 30241

Re: New Elvis song in "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool"

Good song. It's an effortlessly accomplished proposition, with some real feeling in some of those lines about time being an enemy, being unable to face your own reflection, etc.. EC knows enough about self-loathing for this stuff to ring true. I'd prefer a less elaborate production, without the stri...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Amy Winehouse
Replies: 3
Views: 2049

Re: Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was a gigantic talent - a generational one, really - and her demise was a loss to all of music. 'Back to Black' is one of the top albums of its decade for me. Her death wasn't just caused by drug abuse, but also by bulimia, which rendered her system incapable of enduring what she put i...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Least favourite lyric
Replies: 15
Views: 4151

Re: Least favourite lyric

I have a lot of trouble with these 'least favourite' threads...there's such a body of work to sift through, and (shamefully) I'm not familiar with all its nooks and crannies. One lyric that has always bothered me is 'All This Useless Beauty.' The first verse is great, the refrain is a great line. Bu...
by Poor Deportee
Fri May 20, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 526
Views: 149721

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

A rope leash wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHJbSvidohg


:lol:
by Poor Deportee
Fri May 20, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 526
Views: 149721

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

"It's worth asking why NO song since the economic meltdown of 2008 seems to have channeled the rage and frustration on a mass scale. Art is supposed to reflect the times, yet all we seem to get are Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, breathlessly discussed by musical and pop culture critics as if they a...
by Poor Deportee
Thu May 19, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 526
Views: 149721

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

Erey, in terms of 'layers of meaning' in EC's memoirs: I have no trouble at all with 'layers,' but almost none of EC's readers have discerned any strong structure to that book. It is self-indulgent of an author to expect his readers to read his 600-page tome three times before the putative structur...
by Poor Deportee
Thu May 19, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 526
Views: 149721

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

"But this raises the question of how a song attains that wider 'canonical' status, outside the narrow circles of an artist's hard-core following. It's comforting to think that time just naturally does its work, sifting wheat from chaff. I'm not so sure about this, though." A great questio...
by Poor Deportee
Wed May 18, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 526
Views: 149721

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

I must demur also at the idea put forth frequently -- including by no less august a personage than John Foyle -- that the book is like listening to EC tells stories in a pub. Not worthy! Point accepted. I really must try & make time to post a more considered comment on the book. I'm , however, ...
by Poor Deportee
Tue May 17, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 526
Views: 149721

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

"Elvis has the chance to become truly great, and not simply in the annals of popular music. Jimmy Standing in the Rain/Can you Spare a Dime on the Detour DVD quite literally forced unexpected tears from my eyes." I think I know what you are feeling, A Rope Leash. There are four songs in t...

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