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by Hawksmoor
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Straight to Hell' (1986), featuring Elvis
Replies: 33
Views: 12623

Re: 'Straight to Hell' (1986), featuring Elvis

Inspired/reminded by this thread, and with vague memories of having seen this (back in the early 90s?) I decided to give it a try. Wow. It is utterly hopeless, clearly unplanned and make-it-up-as-we-go-along, and everyone's drunk. But it's loads of fun. Drink enough tequila and you'll have a great e...
by Hawksmoor
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New Elvis Costello interview re: McCartney collaboration
Replies: 10
Views: 894

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 ...
by Hawksmoor
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 158
Views: 11374

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

That's weird. If it's real, then the official site has been listing the wrong bonus tracks on the vinyl edition for the last six weeks. If it's not real, then where did that list of bonus tracks come from? It's an intriguing list, all co-writes with well-known songwriters ("Everyone's Playing ...
by Hawksmoor
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis on the One Show, BBC TV 1 tomorrow, 12 Sept. 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 749

Re: Elvis on the One Show, BBC TV 1 tomorrow, 12 Sept. 2018

Agree, it was a very sympathetic slot for him, and he handled it really well. The fact that Mel's in a musical even gave him a seamless link to talk about 'A Face in the Crowd' without it feeling bolted-on. I think the publicity build-up for the LP has been really well thought-out (so far, at least)...
by Hawksmoor
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis on the One Show, BBC TV 1 tomorrow, 12 Sept. 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 749

Re: Elvis on the One Show, BBC TV 1 tomorrow, 12 Sept. 2018

Elvis's appearance on BBC Breakfast will appear on this page soon: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bjcdsg . A brief but effective appearance, and of course they concentrated on the cancer op. He made an amusing swipe at a certain newspaper! Yes, 'I won't name it, but you see it in the sky in the...
by Hawksmoor
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis on the One Show, BBC TV 1 tomorrow, 12 Sept. 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 749

Re: Elvis on the One Show, BBC TV 1 tomorrow, 12 Sept. 2018

I thought he seemed in good shape and good-humoured. A veteran of chat-shows, he had obviously worked out that this was a light entertainment spot rather than an in-depth interview, and he rolled with the punches (the banal questions, the 'Pump It Up was the first record I bought', the intended-to-b...
by Hawksmoor
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 158
Views: 11374

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

I really, really hope and pray this album is judged on its musical merits and not on -any response to Elvis' health. These comments about the cancer are melodramatic and sentimental - which Elvis has always managed to avoid in his writing with aplomb, wit and honesty. Me too, but I honestly don't t...
by Hawksmoor
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis on compilations
Replies: 64
Views: 20279

Re: Elvis on compilations

Hawksmoor, that sounds about right. But I think I read that Adele and Ed Sheeran shift copious amounts of CDs too. So are these CDs bought by the over-50s in category C who buy them for their nieces and nephews? (I guess I can't expect you to know everything!) LOL, I don't know everything, in reali...
by Hawksmoor
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis on compilations
Replies: 64
Views: 20279

Re: Elvis on compilations

In the new world of streaming and digital downloads, does anyone actually buy these things anymore? I guess they must do, otherwise record companies wouldn't put them out. But I can't imagine who those people are. If you want to see who they are, have a stroll around your local supermarket on a Sat...
by Hawksmoor
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Sequel songs
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Sequel songs

It's also worth pointing out that some of the songs on The Delivery Man are linked. Good point. Wasn't that vaguely intended for a musical/theatrical presentation of some kind before Elvis got bored/lost interest/couldn't raise the finance/whatever? And there's the Hans Christian Anderson thing, of...
by Hawksmoor
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Sequel songs
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Sequel songs

Didn't EC mention at some of the IB shows that "Long Honeymoon" is a sort of sequel to Watching the Detectives? Maybe I'm mis-remembering. That's what he said. The TV's still on, but it's just showing "snow"...and it's not Christmas. And the boy.....he's gone. So the gist would ...
by Hawksmoor
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Help needed securing coverage of Elvis from 1990s/'00s.
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: Help needed securing coverage of Elvis from 1990s/'00s.

John, just to update: I was still getting dire warnings from McAfee about the site until a couple of days ago, but as of yesterday it seems to be fixed and working OK.
by Hawksmoor
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 158
Views: 11374

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

As for Violet/Violent, on the "Lyric Video" that EC created (as " Eamon Singer ," of course!), at the 1:54 mark, the word "VIOLENT" appears on screen, so the mystery is solved! Good spot. Gotta love the word-play on that line as well "In the violent strip of an un...
by Hawksmoor
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis on compilations
Replies: 64
Views: 20279

Re: Elvis on compilations

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/HARMONY-IN-MY-HEAD-Box-555x555.jpg Whoa. That is a cracker, right there. Brilliantly chosen selection. Like many of us, I guess, I know the music of that era really well, but I could happily stick that on and only want to skip, maybe, three or ...
by Hawksmoor
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Sequel songs
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Sequel songs

stricttime81 wrote:Didn't EC mention at some of the IB shows that "Long Honeymoon" is a sort of sequel to Watching the Detectives? Maybe I'm mis-remembering.

Never heard that before, but if you look at the lyrics of each, that's a really intriguing idea. :D
by Hawksmoor
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 158
Views: 11374

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

That’s a fantastic analysis Hawksmoor but is it enough to convince your wife? :lol: The casual listener will listen to it once and then decide if they like it or not unfortunately. Once the album is out I’ll play it repeatedly and certain songs will stick in my head and then certain ones I might en...
by Hawksmoor
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 158
Views: 11374

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

Am I the only one to be singularly underwhelmed by Under Lime ? A meandering wandering non- tune with lyrics trying too hard to tie in with the breath taking song that is Jimmie. Sulky, I thought it was a shambles on first listen, but it's definitely a grower! It took me a while, if honest. I excit...
by Hawksmoor
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Sequel songs
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Sequel songs

Yes, there's a sequel to 'American Without Tears', called 'American Without Tears (Twilight Version)'. It's got the same melody, but a very different arrangement and lyrics. Agree. It's a bit cryptic, but I always thought the lyrics of the 'twilight' version were about how their lives had worked ou...
by Hawksmoor
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Sequel songs
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Sequel songs

OK, so we've now worked out (from the lyrics, and from occasional EC comments) that 'Under Lime' is a (possibly pretty loose) sequel to 'Jimmie Standing in the Rain'. Which got me thinking: are there any other songs in Elvis' oeuvre which are direct (or even indirect) sequels to other songs he's wri...
by Hawksmoor
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Help needed securing coverage of Elvis from 1990s/'00s.
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: Help needed securing coverage of Elvis from 1990s/'00s.

Thanks. Both link fine for me. I'll pass on your comment. I've had a busy time of it lately and have let this slide, sorry. No worries. When I click on the 'more details' tab, McAfee says (of the Wiki) 'We scanned this site and found that it’s not as secure as it should be. Please click with cautio...
by Hawksmoor
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 158
Views: 11374

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

Definitely excited about this new album, but the above Elvis quote isn't apparent in the mix of the two new preview tracks. Steve's always glorious fills are massively, puzzlingly low in the mix, when they could shine and enhance the vocal, without undermining it. Agree 100%. I hope Elvis isn't som...
by Hawksmoor
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Help needed securing coverage of Elvis from 1990s/'00s.
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: Help needed securing coverage of Elvis from 1990s/'00s.

John, at the moment, both the (presumably archived) site you've linked to, and the EC Wiki itself, are both being blocked for me by McAfee who are deeming them both to be 'VERY RISKY'. Is that a common issue across both sites at the moment?
by Hawksmoor
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 158
Views: 11374

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

Wow, these two tracks sound amazing! Seconded. I get Elvis' point about 'rock' in his tweets, but that really has little to do with this LP and more to do with his longstanding chip-on-the-shoulder about the definition of 'rock' music (and how he, according to his own definition, sits outside it). ...
by Hawksmoor
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis and The Imposters plays Manchester Castlefields, July 6 2018
Replies: 54
Views: 6740

Re: Elvis and The Imposters plays Manchester Castlefields, July 6 2018

My refund went through yesterday which is better than I expected and more significantly, much quicker than my refund for the Plymouth Pavilions show (which still hasn't appeared) - and to cap it all, I expect Mrs Sulky will now expect me to show her an equally good time doing something other than s...
by Hawksmoor
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis and the Imposters European Tour 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 5923

Re: Elvis and the Imposters European Tour 2018

So, it is as we probably feared but were afraid to name. However, it does sound very positive in terms of it having been dealt with, and hopefully some rest and recuperation will see him back to full health. Disappointment at cancelled gigs obviously pales into insignificance at this news, and I'm s...

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