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by Neil.
Fri May 01, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 10
Replies: 6
Views: 2547

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 10

So who's the 'kid with his mumbo jumbo, living in air-conditioned limbo'? Is it Elvis's view of Springsteen at the time, or his imagination of what Springsteen was thinking about him?
by Neil.
Fri May 01, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 10
Replies: 6
Views: 2547

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 10

I've been gunning for 'Temptation' for what seems like weeks! And I don't even dislike it. Once again "ditto" I wonder if it has survived because of the Springsteen connection - it seems too much like pastiche ( like "Human Touch" for my liking and is way inferior to songs like ...
by Neil.
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 10
Replies: 6
Views: 2547

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 10

I've been gunning for 'Temptation' for what seems like weeks! And I don't even dislike it.
by Neil.
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 9 - Sorry for the typo!
Replies: 4
Views: 1780

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 9 - Sorry for the typo!

sulky lad wrote:
Fishfinger king wrote:Oh for f*ck’s sake you’ve got to be kidding.....


Ditto !!


I mean, who even ARE these people?!!!!
by Neil.
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 8
Replies: 3
Views: 1537

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 8

Motel Matches being out this early is a crime! That gorgeous little ballad with that incredibly moving lilting piano accomp. Bah!

Yet Temptation remains!
by Neil.
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 7
Replies: 3
Views: 1607

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 7

kosi559 wrote:https://forms.gle/gdVUnhndedCBDtbK6
Vote for your LEAST favorite track
Men Called Uncle and Black and White World are out.
I won't lie. I'm disappointed.


For which song?

Okay, will see what's next.
by Neil.
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 6
Replies: 4
Views: 2039

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 6

kosi559 wrote:B-Movie is out!


I swear you get a kick out of this, Kosi!

Okay, I attempted to assassinate 'Temptation' once again. People either love that song inordinately or are tactically voting to thwart me at every turn!
by Neil.
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 5
Replies: 8
Views: 2665

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 5

Well, I went for the vote, and voted out Temptation again. Thinking about it, I guess I have 'world revolved around me' syndrome. Just cos I voted out Temptation previously, doesn't mean it got chucked by everybody else. But I just chucked it down the well again. It's heartbreaking, I actually quite...
by Neil.
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 5
Replies: 8
Views: 2665

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 5

I don't stand accused, I stand confused - how were two out in one round? Was it a draw?

Fair enough if so.

Wow. I guess the cover version had to go early... though there's a more famous cover version still high up as a famous Elvis song.

Shiiiiiiiiiiiit....
by Neil.
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: How is everyone doing?
Replies: 32
Views: 8035

Re: How is everyone doing?

But never mind, Joe Public contributed to a 100 year old walking along his garden and celebrity comics raised an equivalent amount by farting about on TV for a night so we're all pulling together aren't we? Oh God, yes, don't get me started on the poor 100-year-old man charity thing. The Tories mus...
by Neil.
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: How is everyone doing?
Replies: 32
Views: 8035

Re: How is everyone doing?

Sulky, hope your return to the nursing sector will be safe. It is really concerning to hear all the news about lack of PPE. I hope you are well protected. I'm lucky enough to have a job I can do from home, and am finding it okay - not going stir crazy here in Middlesex. I am utterly appalled at our ...
by Neil.
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3
Replies: 11
Views: 4724

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3

OMG, I sort of do, but I am always amazed by the playing too. It's incredible on this album - the inventive flourishes from the whole team.
by Neil.
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3
Replies: 11
Views: 4724

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3

I’ve kept that for my top ten Neil but I think my thinking is a bit twisted here :shock: because if the slow version on the 12” single which has a glorious feel. It’s also one of the few Elvis’ songs that I can “play” on the piano without being too embarrassed though I doubt if Steve will be partic...
by Neil.
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3
Replies: 11
Views: 4724

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3

Seems to be working now. I just voted Clowntime is Over out. I think I should've got rid of this one first - it's good, but I think Steve's organ saves it. The phrase 'Clowntime is Over' has always bothered me a bit. 'Clowntime' isn't a phrase people use as far as I'm aware (like 'it's showtime!' - ...
by Neil.
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3
Replies: 11
Views: 4724

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3

kosi559 wrote:https://forms.gle/WJo3Tnk7WPsSHGYUA
Vote for your LEAST favorite song
Beaten to the Punch is out. 23.6% voted for it.


Kosi, it appears that Beaten to the Punch is still on the list given at the top of this thread (quoted here). Is there an error?
by Neil.
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3
Replies: 11
Views: 4724

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3

Haha Sulky, agreed, that's an amazing middle eight. Another example of Elvis's trenchant chronicling of men's helpless and usually disastrous thrall to the spell of sex.

Bonkers, brilliant raucous riot of a song - and that final damning line of the lyric!

Now to check out the next agonsing choice x
by Neil.
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 2
Replies: 9
Views: 2872

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 2

Thanks for mentioning Temptation though - that’s my next one for the chop ! Not that my opinion matters :wink: That's what I went for in the end for day two. Course your opinion matters - share it! It's going to get even tougher. I wonder if my favourite track will make the top 3? I'm keeping shtum!
by Neil.
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 2
Replies: 9
Views: 2872

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 2

Don't pick Black and White World. It's an insanely good song. Listen to that arrangement. It's incredible. And again, full on fun punnery, (I know he was criticised for this eventually, but it is fun in a less serious song like this) Since it's a lot about pictures and photography somehow (paparrazi...
by Neil.
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 2
Replies: 9
Views: 2872

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 2

Holy f*ck. This is brutal. It's my fault. IT'S ALL MY FAULT. I should have voted for Temptation. I like Temptation, but it's probably the song with the least tension in it on the album. Or is that Clowntime? I'm not trying to influence anything.
by Neil.
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Footage of Flip City, featuring Elvis, in London in 1974
Replies: 15
Views: 10277

Re: Footage of Flip City, featuring Elvis, in London in 1974

Elvis appears on the vid at this point:

https://youtu.be/kNgdRc0Hzus?t=2618

Although the audio comes in a little earlier
by Neil.
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 1
Replies: 14
Views: 5097

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 1

Doing the 40 year anniversary thing, I noticed 5ive Gears was played quite a bit on the U.K. tour and even with Martin Belmont in Europe and it's areal "roadrunner" ( pun intended!) live. I'm quite surprised it didn't go on to be a live favourite for Elvis. I opted for Human Touch as my f...
by Neil.
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 1
Replies: 14
Views: 5097

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 1

I had to choose something so I went with 5ive Gears in Reverse. Even though it's fantastic. Great riff, great organ, Elvis was in fully punny imagery mode in these lyrics, the motoring imagery comes tumbling out here: If your patience is EXHAUSTed And you still cannot decide And you're sitting in th...
by Neil.
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 1
Replies: 14
Views: 5097

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 1

Weirdly, B-Movie was the one that sprang to mind first. But it's actually totally fantastic, that bass is insane. The trenchant lyrics and fun wordplay 'Too real, too real... (reel to reel)'. Crazy melody.

Garrrgh this is going to be agonising.
by Neil.
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 2860

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Introduction

Incredible album. This is going to be tough. I think I know what the last two are going to be. And I know what my favourite is. Again, how can you say 'favourite' out of so many amazing songs?
by Neil.
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Trust' insight
Replies: 4
Views: 2514

Re: 'Trust' insight

Yes, Clubland is a fabulous epic, I love it! You feel you've been on a night out after it's finished - complete with hangover!

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