Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

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Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby kosi559 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:39 pm

1. Armed Forces - Just the image of the elephants marching looks so great
2. Imperial Bedroom - It's a beautiful abstract painting. The yellow man is supposed to be Elvis, and the woman to the left is the audience. It's a cover that sticks in my head.
3. King of America - It perfectly illustrates just how much Elvis has changed, and I like how grim it looks
"Can't you see? My band is up there."

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby emotional_fascism076 » Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:32 am

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Postby Uncomplicated » Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:33 am

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby sulky lad » Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:20 am

Trust
This Year's Model
Painted From memory

and not one with The Attractions or The Imposters !

The only "band" cover is on The Juliet letters.

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Neil. » Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:00 am

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 makes it intriguing

Sulky, I'm quite intrigued that Painted from Memory is in your top 3! We can't see Elvis's face, it could be a lego man.

Spike, for me, is bubbling under. Very funny, striking image showing him bagged as a prize on the Warner Brothers boardroom wall.

When 'Look Now' came out, we had a discussion at the London meetup about the cover, and decided it's probably one of his worst. For me the others are 'Punch the Clock' (very dated, Smash Hits look to it) and The Delivery Man, which just isn't very exciting to look at!

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Goon Squad » Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:22 am

This Year’s Model
10 Bloody Marys+10 How’s Your Fathers (the black/gold cassette version)
My Aim Is True ( black and white version)

Just missing out......Taking Liberties
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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Goon Squad » Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:27 am

Neil. wrote: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 makes it intriguing

Sulky, I'm quite intrigued that Painted from Memory is in your top 3! We can't see Elvis's face, it could be a lego man.

Spike, for me, is bubbling under. Very funny, striking image showing him bagged as a prize on the Warner Brothers boardroom wall.

When 'Look Now' came out, we had a discussion at the London meetup about the cover, and decided it's probably one of his worst. For me the others are 'Punch the Clock' (very dated, Smash Hits look to it) and The Delivery Man, which just isn't very exciting to look at!



Very interestingly two of the covers I really dislike are Spike and Look Now. Just goes to show we’re all different!...........be a bit boring if we were all the same! :wink:

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Harry Worth » Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:17 am

King of America
North
Trust

I quite like the Secret, Profane & Sugarcane and National Ransom covers too.

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Fishfinger king » Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:35 am

Goodbye Cruel World - weak album but I've always loved the cover and full band present
KIng Of America
This Year's Model

Get Happy!! and National Ransom with honourable mentions
Is that so surprising nowadays?

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby sulky lad » Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:14 pm

Neil. wrote: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 makes it intriguing

Sulky, I'm quite intrigued that Painted from Memory is in your top 3! We can't see Elvis's face, it could be a lego man.

I think you're thinking of the Bacharach song

LEt me GO to him !!
I make no apology for having "cabin fever"!

PS I'd forgotten about Taking Liberties so now my list is:-
1. Taking Liberties
2) Trust
3) This Year's Model

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Goon Squad » Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:51 pm

sulky lad wrote:
Neil. wrote: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 makes it intriguing

Sulky, I'm quite intrigued that Painted from Memory is in your top 3! We can't see Elvis's face, it could be a lego man.

I think you're thinking of the Bacharach song

LEt me GO to him !!
I make no apology for having "cabin fever"!

PS I'd forgotten about Taking Liberties so now my list is:-
1. Taking Liberties
2) Trust
3) This Year's Model


Bloody amateur ! :shock: :roll: :lol:

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Goon Squad » Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:00 pm

Let you off Sulks ! :wink: 8) :lol:

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby sulky lad » Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:20 pm

Goon Squad wrote:
sulky lad wrote:
Neil. wrote: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 makes it intriguing

Sulky, I'm quite intrigued that Painted from Memory is in your top 3! We can't see Elvis's face, it could be a lego man.

I think you're thinking of the Bacharach song

LEt me GO to him !!
I make no apology for having "cabin fever"!

PS I'd forgotten about Taking Liberties so now my list is:-
1. Taking Liberties
2) Trust
3) This Year's Model


Bloody amateur ! :shock: :roll: :lol:


Outrageous - there goes your copy of Hammersmith !! :lol: :wink:
Can't believe I missed that as it's such an iconic (reverse) pose by Elvis when he was the coolest man on earth ( apart from me with my West Country Afro circa early 1978 :roll: )

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Goon Squad » Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:43 am

sulky lad wrote:
Goon Squad wrote:
sulky lad wrote:I think you're thinking of the Bacharach song

LEt me GO to him !!
I make no apology for having "cabin fever"!

PS I'd forgotten about Taking Liberties so now my list is:-
1. Taking Liberties
2) Trust
3) This Year's Model


Bloody amateur ! :shock: :roll: :lol:


Outrageous - there goes your copy of Hammersmith !! :lol: :wink:
Can't believe I missed that as it's such an iconic (reverse) pose by Elvis when he was the coolest man on earth ( apart from me with my West Country Afro circa early 1978 :roll: )


You’re still ultra cool Sulks, but I can’t now erase the thought of you with an Afro ! :shock:
Scarred me for life! :lol:

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Neil. » Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:56 am

Sulky with an afro - OMG, there's got to be a photo! Please say there is!

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby sulky lad » Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:47 am

There are a couple which I was unable to destroy before other members of my so called beloved family retrieved from my Dad's house last year - blackmail or what?
One day you'll have to face the Deep Dark Truthful Mirror :roll:

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Top balcony » Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:47 pm

More like - High Fidelity, which kicks off :

Some things you'll never get used to...

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby sulky lad » Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:48 pm

Top balcony wrote:More like - High Fidelity, which kicks off :

Some things you'll never get used to...



:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:39 am

I’d go with “Such a picture of loveliness” from Painted From Memory!
It’s such a shame you had to break the heart you could have counted on

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby JerseyPride78 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:27 pm

I think it can be hard to separate one's feelings for the music from their appreciation of cover art. I've tried my best to do that here:

(1) When I was Cruel
(2) This Years Model
(3) Brutal Youth

These are definitely not my top 3 musically, but they're my favorite covers.

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Re: Top 3 Elvis Costello Album Covers?

Postby Harry Lime » Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:31 pm

JerseyPride78 wrote:I think it can be hard to separate one's feelings for the music from their appreciation of cover art. I've tried my best to do that here:

(1) When I was Cruel
(2) This Years Model
(3) Brutal Youth

These are definitely not my top 3 musically, but they're my favorite covers.


That's so true. It's tough to separate those feelings from the cover art--they become entwined. Here's my attempt to remove the emotion:
1. This Year's Model
2. National Ransom
3. King of America
Who put these fingerprints on my imagination?


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