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by Neil.
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 1)
Replies: 11
Views: 613

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 1)

It was hard to vote for the worst track on this album! I managed it, but it was tough. It was a really good song, but...
by Neil.
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 1)
Replies: 11
Views: 613

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 1)

Harder to guess which of these will be the top three. I'm not saying anything!
by Neil.
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 3902

Re: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020

I love the 'beamed in from another planet' weird spooky sound at the start and I LOVE the jangly, crazy maniac riff. It reminds me a bit of 'Master and Servant' by Depeche Mode. The vocal is too ranty for me and I don't like the production of the voice. I've never been a big fan of these kinds of El...
by Neil.
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello Survivor - Which album do you want to do next.
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: Elvis Costello Survivor - Which album do you want to do next.

I don't mind. I quite like the surprise. I know probably the hardest one for me is going to be 'Blood & Chocolate'. I also quite like the idea of 'WIWC' - haven't listened to it for quite a while and would be good to reassess.
by Neil.
Thu May 28, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: My Aim Is True Survivor (Round 8)
Replies: 14
Views: 1028

Re: My Aim Is True Survivor (Round 8)

Yeah, totally get that it's about when you heard it. I got to it late - after I'd heard most of the Attractions albums. So it did suffer by comparison. But I can appreciate that the 'anti-love song' vibe of a lot of the material must have felt like a blast of fresh air amid the mid-70s radio ballads...
by Neil.
Wed May 27, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: My Aim Is True Survivor (Round 8)
Replies: 14
Views: 1028

Re: My Aim Is True Survivor (Round 8)

Thanks for organising this. This is the first one where I can't get that excited. I never play this album and have always found it a historical footnote before the 'real' first album, This Year's Model. Do people love this album or is it a outlier these days?
by Neil.
Sun May 10, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Results
Replies: 5
Views: 1533

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Results

I played the album yesterday. I think side A should be the current B - i.e. I think 'I Cant Stand Up For Falling Down' should open the album. Why? Because in the current configuration, when you play on CD or Spotify, High Fidelity (end of side 1) runs straight into 'I Can't Stand Up' (start of side ...
by Neil.
Fri May 08, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Results
Replies: 5
Views: 1533

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Results

Thanks, Kosi! I'm so pleased, because it's my favourite song on the album. It's such a brilliant song and arrangement - the places it goes. We are 'somewhere back in some secluded spot' cos Steve's organ part takes us there, accompanied by beautiful bass. And that guitar twang after the hilarious li...
by Neil.
Wed May 06, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 15 - Final Round
Replies: 6
Views: 1367

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 15 - Final Round

I want to comment, but I'll save it till after the final vote in case it influences the outcome. As if I have any influence!
by Neil.
Mon May 04, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 14
Replies: 3
Views: 1176

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 14

How can High Fidelity and New Amsterdam beat Riot Act? The mind boggles!!! Yes, Riot Act is probably Elvis's most tortured epic. What a song, what a production. Incredible. But out. I'm amazed High Fidelity is in the top 3 - though of course it is excellent, as are all the tracks on the album, so....
by Neil.
Mon May 04, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 13
Replies: 1
Views: 969

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 13

Who else loves those cheeky organ touches in 'Opportunity'? And that laid-back guitar?

R.I.P.
by Neil.
Fri May 01, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 10
Replies: 6
Views: 1677

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: 1677

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: 1677

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: 1365

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: 1229

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: 1327

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: 1569

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: 1866

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: 1866

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: 5744

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: 5744

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: 2412

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: 2412

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...

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