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by Neil.
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 3
Replies: 11
Views: 2366

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: 2270

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: 2270

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: 2270

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: 8241

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: 2586

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: 2586

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: 2586

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: 2031

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: 2108

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!
by Neil.
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Trust' insight
Replies: 4
Views: 2108

'Trust' insight

Top Balcony pointed out the 'Uncut' online article: https://www.uncut.co.uk/features/elvis-costello-elvis-costello-time-going-backwards-111782/ I was intrigued by Elvis saying he based the album on trying to rewrite existing hits! 'Message In A Bottle' and 'Brass In Pocket'. You can see what you mea...
by Neil.
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Imperial Bedroom Survivor - RESULTS
Replies: 6
Views: 1862

Re: Imperial Bedroom Survivor - RESULTS

Yeah, I agree that it needs to be changed at the same time every day so that we can all get to vote. I missed some of them. One IB song I've kinda got into recently is 'Boy With A Problem' - it's mental, that. Beautiful love song and melancholy melody but the lyrics are flat-out brutal (literally, i...
by Neil.
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Imperial Bedroom Survivor - RESULTS
Replies: 6
Views: 1862

Re: Imperial Bedroom Survivor - RESULTS

Thank you, that was fun - though harrowing! Yes, Beyond Belief is incredible because I think it's a structureless song, yet it totally grips you without you knowing where it's heading. Amazing. And the bass drum - I swear it's like a heartbeat that's having arrhythmia. And the cymbals. And the whole...
by Neil.
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis in Suomenlinnan Studio, Finland, February 2020
Replies: 27
Views: 11227

Re: Elvis in Suomenlinnan Studio, Finland, February 2020

[i] DeeThomaz said: ↑ I personally know of two other EC projects that are in the can, though -- neither consisting of new recordings of his --that were planned for release this year or early next year. If everything he's involved with gets pushed back to 2021... it'll all still come out, I'm sure, ...
by Neil.
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: What Next For Elvis after A Face In The Crowd ?
Replies: 16
Views: 4319

Re: What Next For Elvis after A Face In The Crowd ?

I am so gutted that apart from the far more important matter of people losing their lives, this virus has denied us a new Elvis/Nick Lowe album! Grraaaargh!!! It would've been in the can by now!
by Neil.
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis in Suomenlinnan Studio, Finland, February 2020
Replies: 27
Views: 11227

Re: Elvis in Suomenlinnan Studio, Finland, February 2020

Hey Clockface - new song!!! Lovely melodic ditty in the 'Slow Drag w Josephine' mould - very 1930s!
by Neil.
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Final Round)
Replies: 3
Views: 1374

Re: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Final Round)

Neil. wrote:Okay, I made Sophie's choice. Boo hoo! I'll never forgive myself! I saved Man Out of Time just using the 'more bang for your buck' logic - there's more song to listen to!
by Neil.
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Final Round)
Replies: 3
Views: 1374

Re: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Final Round)

Okay, I made Sophie's choice. Boo hoo! I'll never forgive myself! I went with Man Out of Time just using the 'more bang for your buck' logic - there's more song to listen to!
by Neil.
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Round 12)
Replies: 3
Views: 1231

Re: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Round 12)

I'm sorry, but in this case, Sophie's Choice has triplets. I cannot possibly choose between these three magical, perfect pieces of pop. Sorry. You'll just have to shoot me.
by Neil.
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Round 7)
Replies: 4
Views: 1227

Re: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Round 7)

kosi559 wrote:
Neil. wrote:I think we've all known which way this is going from the start and I do not want to have to make Sophie's Choice at the end :(

You think it's going to be down to Man Out of Time and Beyond Belief?


Without a doubt!
by Neil.
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Round 7)
Replies: 4
Views: 1227

Re: Imperial Bedroom Survivor (Round 7)

I think we've all known which way this is going from the start and I do not want to have to make Sophie's Choice at the end :(
by Neil.
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?
Replies: 20
Views: 3284

Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Sulky with an afro - OMG, there's got to be a photo! Please say there is!
by Neil.
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Fave Elvis portrait
Replies: 1
Views: 910

Fave Elvis portrait

Following on from fave album cover, my fave Elvis portraits are: David Bailey 'Man Out of Time' single sleeve King of America cover Trust cover But are there any other, just interview portraits that were cool? I remember the NME King of America interview had loads of great shots of Elvis is a crazy ...
by Neil.
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?
Replies: 20
Views: 3284

Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

We've had this before, but it's always fund to remind ourselves King of America (original, non-colourised version) - the unreadable expression is priceless and somehow hilarious, yet timeless This Year's Model - classic new wave image, much imitated Trust - again, the slightly unreadable expression ...

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