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by Hawksmoor
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: LOOK NOW on 8 7" 45's box set ' will not be available on the release date of March 1st, 2019'
Replies: 56
Views: 4800

Re: LOOK NOW on 8 7" 45's box set coming 2/22

There is also nothing here to indicate that these new tracks won't also show up on all the usual streaming sites. American Tune/Lucky Dog was a pricey 10" vinyl collectible but also popped up on Spotify roughly the same time. Fair point. If the additional tracks turn up on iTunes (or other sit...
by Hawksmoor
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: LOOK NOW on 8 7" 45's box set ' will not be available on the release date of March 1st, 2019'
Replies: 56
Views: 4800

Re: LOOK NOW on 8 7" 45's box set coming 2/22

I've been a fan since 1978, and have avidly collected Elvis' music since then. I'm primarily interested in the music, although occasionally (resources allowing) I might splash out on a fancy bit of packaging or something that looks nice. I think I have collected every track Elvis has written or rele...
by Hawksmoor
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Favourite lyrical alliteration (formerly assonance!)
Replies: 14
Views: 1470

Re: Favourite lyrical assonance

(If assonance is the right word. All I mean is, the way the vowels and consonants are spaced to create a bit of a thrill of pleasure. Not the same as favourite lyric, necessarily.) Er...I think you mean alliteration. Assonance is as memorably described by Rita in Educating Rita as 'getting the ryhm...
by Hawksmoor
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 5 Favorite Elvis Albums
Replies: 29
Views: 2873

Re: 5 Favorite Elvis Albums

1. Get Happy!! By a country mile, and clearly the greatest long-player of popular music ever recorded. Most of Elvis' other LPs are still miles better than anybody else's, but there is clear blue water between this and the rest. An astonishing achievement that thrills me to this day, and probably th...
by Hawksmoor
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis on new Rosanne Cash album
Replies: 8
Views: 1771

Re: Elvis on new Rosanne Cash album

Only just caught up with this one but I think it's fabulous. Much as I love Look Now and respect its towering achievement, I still have a nostalgic thrill when he uses his 1978/1979 sneer, and I think he does it on the third verse/chorus of this. Lovely stuff, and I hope we hear more snippets from t...
by Hawksmoor
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros
Replies: 19
Views: 2763

Re: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros

This is a minor quibble, though, about a song that probably stands with 'Isabelle in Tears' as an obviously classic composition on this gorgeous record. I agree with this, except to say that although 'Stripping Paper' is a work of genius which few other songwriters/performers could even get close t...
by Hawksmoor
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 454
Views: 61142

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

Final thought. I’ve read a few posts thinking that this is the start of a new era. I’m not so sure. Jimmie confessing his crimes so firmly and dictating his final will? The painting of Jimmie as EC by EC? The enigmatic last song? Who is the overriding Godlike artist giving verses and painting pictu...
by Hawksmoor
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 454
Views: 61142

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. ...and of course 'Isabelle' is followed by 'Adieu Paris'. I guess by the time you've been writing intricate lyrics about disintegrating...
by Hawksmoor
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'He's Given Me Things'
Replies: 19
Views: 2421

Re: 'He's Given Me Things'

Wonderful analysis of the song. Thank-you.
by Hawksmoor
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Under Lime'
Replies: 40
Views: 5458

Re: 'Under Lime'

I agree it's not a black and white song, and at least makes some attempt to understand what drives men to behave the way Jimmy does. Older men, facing mortality ("the clock on the wall tick tocks the time away"; "Allow me to just dictate my dying will") often react by seeking co...
by Hawksmoor
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 454
Views: 61142

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

This has surely been noted before - and if so, I apologize - but 'Burnt Sugar' feels like a lyrical sequel to 'Long Honeymoon.' Could be the same character cast. The songs in this collection I'm not hearing are Dishonour the Stars, He's Given me Things, and Hush. I really believe the former is just...
by Hawksmoor
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Under Lime'
Replies: 40
Views: 5458

Re: 'Under Lime'

Poor desperate Jimmy is so skilled at pretending to care about the women he wants to lay that "He asked her boyfriend's name, then her whole family tree," and, as usual, he gets what he thinks he wants. But it's another hollow, unsatisfactory win. Keep telling the women you leave in your ...
by Hawksmoor
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 454
Views: 61142

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

So I've spent the week playing the LP as much as I can. I did go through a phase of thinking it's all a bit samey and 'why doesn't he play the electric guitar any more?' and all that. But having let the songs embed a bit, they start to separate out in your mind, and on Friday I woke up with all thes...
by Hawksmoor
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 454
Views: 61142

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

I'm also one of the unlucky who pre-ordered from Amazon and have now been told Tuesday (seriously? FFS). Fortunately I am setting off in the next few minutes to spend an alcohol-fuelled lost weekend in Birmingham with a close friend, and he has been able to acquire his copy from HMV Birmingham via t...
by Hawksmoor
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 454
Views: 61142

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

Neil. wrote:Crikey! First listen, 'Burnt Sugar' is a far cry from the haunting, tormented torch ballad feel of the live recording I know. Oh well, will give it some more listens!

Wow. It is fantastic. This and 'Under Lime' are really firing me up for the LP.
by Hawksmoor
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's funniest line or song
Replies: 19
Views: 2417

Re: Elvis's funniest line or song

In terms of its delivery (and despite that it's a rather obvious gag), I'm a sucker for 'dancing the hesitation [----------] waltz'.
by Hawksmoor
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Straight to Hell' (1986), featuring Elvis
Replies: 33
Views: 14775

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: 11
Views: 2289

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: 454
Views: 61142

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: 19
Views: 2613

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: 19
Views: 2613

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: 19
Views: 2613

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: 454
Views: 61142

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: 24733

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: 24733

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...

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