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by Neil.
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor - Results
Replies: 7
Views: 3217

Re: This Year's Model Survivor - Results

jardine wrote:What is it about this that folks enjoy? I really don't understand.


For me it's the geeky fascination with seeing what people's favourite track of all is. Yes, it's an inexact science, but still - just a bit of fun really. Fans are forever making lists, it's all part of the geekery.
by Neil.
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor - Results
Replies: 7
Views: 3217

Re: This Year's Model Survivor - Results

Thanks, Kosi! Well, what a surprise! It's a great song, but I never thought I'd see it win. I was voting Lip Service out from day one, but it hung on, much to my amazement. I was fully expecting Lipstick Vogue to win, which to me is the most dazzling track on the album, with its thunderous pace, cla...
by Neil.
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 9)
Replies: 8
Views: 3510

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 9)

No worries - thank you, it's fun.

Just to let you know I have been voting 'Lip Service' out from DAY ONE! At last it's gone. It's a fun song and I love the ringing acoustic guitar and hand claps, but the chorus is quite a simple one for Elvis.
by Neil.
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 8)
Replies: 11
Views: 3890

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 8)

Aw, I'm sure it'll be fine - most people will just submit their true choice, once, I'm sure.
by Neil.
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 8)
Replies: 11
Views: 3890

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 8)

I'm keeping schtum until the final results are in!
by Neil.
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 6)
Replies: 9
Views: 2749

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 6)

And what a corker for your 2,000th, Sulky! Here's to the 3,000th! x
by Neil.
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 6)
Replies: 9
Views: 2749

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 6)

The band's performance on Hand in Hand is stunning. That crazy bass in 'bully boys out'. And the heartbreaking organ riff on 'don't you know I'm an animal - but don't you know I can't stand up steady' - aaaaargh.
by Neil.
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 6)
Replies: 9
Views: 2749

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 6)

Can't believe Hand in Hand is out. What an incredible song. This and Lipstick Vogue. The world's gone to pot!
by Neil.
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 5)
Replies: 1
Views: 1611

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 5)

Bang goes my theory! I would've sworn Lipstick Vogue would be top three. What do I know?
by Neil.
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 4)
Replies: 12
Views: 2963

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 4)

Indeed. I *think* I can predict the final 3 standing, and the final winner. But you never know - Trump is president, and I scoffed at that idea in early 2016.
by Neil.
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 4)
Replies: 12
Views: 2963

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 4)

Yes, Verbal! I hadn't forgotten the gig - which was excellent - just the fact that there was a mash up of 'You Belong To Me' and 'The Last Time'.
by Neil.
Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 4)
Replies: 12
Views: 2963

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 4)

verbal gymnastics wrote:(the one where I’d asked him to sing All the Rage a couple of nights before which he duly did 8) ).


There's a good Elvis!

I was there that night and had forgotten about it!
by Neil.
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 4)
Replies: 12
Views: 2963

Re: This Year's Model Survivor (Round 4)

Has anyone ever done a mashup of this and 'The Last Time' by The Stones?
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: 3533

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: 3533

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: 17418

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: 2413

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: 3930

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: 3930

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: 2334

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: 2334

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: 1921

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: 1643

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: 1255

Re: Get Happy!! Survivor - Round 13

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

R.I.P.

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