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by Neil.
Wed May 24, 2006 4:36 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis and Allen on BBC's Later Friday 26 May
Replies: 22
Views: 6918

They did do two numbers after all: Who'll Help Brother Get Further and Ascension Day, Allen at the piano and Elvis (without a guitar) at the mike. Good stuff! Haven't heard the songs before, apart from a brief clip of 'Brother'. 'Brother' had an immediate impact and got people clapping, especially a...
by Neil.
Tue May 23, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis and Allen on BBC's Later Friday 26 May
Replies: 22
Views: 6918

I'm off to the recording of this tonight, so I'll report back tomorrow. I expect they'll only doing one number at the piano, as the lineup features so many biggies that there can't be room for all of them to do two numbers.
by Neil.
Fri May 19, 2006 5:30 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC on VH1 Classic "Decades Rock Live" May 19, 2006
Replies: 110
Views: 65736

Any eagle-eyed types know if this is going to be shown on a Freeview channel in the UK at all?

Cheers,

Neil
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by Neil.
Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:24 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis, Diana and Bill Clinton, Vancouver, April 23, 2006
Replies: 16
Views: 6901

Anyone know what Elvis sang?
by Neil.
Tue Apr 25, 2006 4:58 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: River in Reverse discussion
Replies: 439
Views: 120776

Yeah, know it's not out yet, but there's usually someone who's got hold of an advance copy. Anyone heard anything?
by Neil.
Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:13 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: River in Reverse discussion
Replies: 439
Views: 120776

Anyone actually heard the album yet? Any good?
by Neil.
Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:41 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's sound effects music
Replies: 11
Views: 5148

Just remembered the bit from Oh Well: "I'd be a pilot or an astronaut" - and there's this wierd noise which just reminds you of an astronaut floating off into space.
by Neil.
Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:39 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis gets it wrong - an exercise in sacrilege!
Replies: 63
Views: 20273

I love Oh Well! Great atmosphere, weary lyric, and that great sonic moment around the lyric about the astronaut! The vocal is fantastic too. To the bloke who said he didn't like it - give it another listen on headphones.
by Neil.
Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:07 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis gets it wrong - an exercise in sacrilege!
Replies: 63
Views: 20273

Totally agreed about the boring Eisenhower Blues . I can't stand The Blues at the best of times, even though I know pop/rock is based on it. And just as you think the torture is over, the song comes back again! Joe Porterhouse is pretty boring, but I remember Tracie doing the reworked version, I Lov...
by Neil.
Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:06 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: River in Reverse discussion
Replies: 439
Views: 120776

That's a great sleeve - though I wish Elvis stopped insisting on wearing hats to give himself some sort of jazz man gravitas! I reckon it'll put younger listeners off!
by Neil.
Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:39 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis' less appreciated gems: a new series
Replies: 78
Views: 28580

Agree with the guy about Suffering Face . Two other bare acoustic numbers stand out for me - the two Richard Thompson covers End Of The Rainbow and Withered And Died . The former is terrifyingly savage and bleak, the attack of the vocal something Elvis does brilliantly live (I've always preferred El...
by Neil.
Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:58 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Any one heard 'River In Reverse' songs yet?
Replies: 1
Views: 1391

Any one heard 'River In Reverse' songs yet?

Just wondering. If so, what are your impressions?
by Neil.
Thu Mar 16, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis plays "Hollywood Meets Motown", NY, March 15 '06
Replies: 19
Views: 8384

Oh yeah, sorry - missed that bit of the thread. Never heard the song.
by Neil.
Thu Mar 16, 2006 1:26 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis plays "Hollywood Meets Motown", NY, March 15 '06
Replies: 19
Views: 8384

Anyone know which song Elvis sang?
by Neil.
Thu Mar 16, 2006 1:24 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis' less appreciated gems: a new series
Replies: 78
Views: 28580

Last Boat Leaving - yup, gorgeous. The arrangement is fantastic, with the touches of Spanish guitar, piano and the accordion. And isn't the first line a tribute to an Elvis Presley song? In that one he sings "Hush my little one, don't you cry; you know your daddy's bound to die" I also lo...
by Neil.
Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:25 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis' less appreciated gems: a new series
Replies: 78
Views: 28580

Bamboo, Baby's...Brand New Hairdo is great, I agree! A throwaway rocker with a great vocal. Funnily enough, I always thought he sang "She's the girl I'm used to having and the girl I still have", which makes sense to me, so I'm sticking with it!
by Neil.
Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:21 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis' less appreciated gems: a new series
Replies: 78
Views: 28580

And I think the Guys and Dolls reference has a twist - doesn't he say "the devil will drag you under, by the shark tail fin of your cheque account". Though I could be wrong!
by Neil.
Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:15 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: The Weakest Punch?
Replies: 23
Views: 7093

I agree that Button My Lip is a stinker, but I can't agree about This Town - I like the nutty imagery and the swirly, disorientating sound of it - and Pony Street ushers in Brutal Youth in fine style, I reckon!
by Neil.
Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:46 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's sound effects music
Replies: 11
Views: 5148

In the Comedians (on the Roy Orbison version) "The winds picks up", there's a chilly breeze of strings at that point.
by Neil.
Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis' less appreciated gems: a new series
Replies: 78
Views: 28580

Agree about Night Rally ! It's one of my fave Elvis tracks - the powerful build to its many punchy moments "I know what they're doing but I don't wanna look", "get that chicken outta here", "singing in the showers", "tak - ing - those... night claaasses". The ...
by Neil.
Mon Mar 13, 2006 6:58 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's sound effects music
Replies: 11
Views: 5148

Agreed about "Little Atoms". The whole intro reminds me of electrons circling around a nucleus, kinda thing.
by Neil.
Fri Mar 10, 2006 9:40 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis' less appreciated gems: a new series
Replies: 78
Views: 28580

I think it's a stunner, the way it builds, the arrangement getting more and more intense, with the kettle drums etc. Superb. The sadness of the chorus melody is gorgeous.
by Neil.
Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:01 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's sound effects music
Replies: 11
Views: 5148

Elvis's sound effects music

That thread about Satellite reminded me of how our Elv likes occasionally to illustrate a lyric with a musical sound effect. I'm thinking of the moment in the song when he sings "as cartoon bubbles burst in the air" - as he sings it, you hear a musical version of bubbles bursting in the ai...
by Neil.
Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:58 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC at the Grammys
Replies: 46
Views: 15961

So what did Elvis actually sing? And was his vocal mic turned down, or his guitar?
by Neil.
Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:43 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's worst pun
Replies: 31
Views: 10995

Now you've given your performance
Though the matinee was idle (idol)
And you find out that a wave of her right hand could seem so tidal

However, I gotto say I love "You lack lust - you're so lacklustre" is a great gag! No problems with that one at all!

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