Sept 5 release of The Right Spectacle?

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Postby Extreme Honey » Thu Oct 06, 2005 6:21 pm

Do you think young dudes and dudettes thought Elvis was "In and Hot" when he released all these movies? Or was it like Monkey To Man, that you kind of ask yourself, who the hell besides me watched this?
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Postby migdd » Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:26 pm

Very nice choice of avatars, Extreme Honey!

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Postby verbal gymnastics » Fri Oct 07, 2005 9:31 am

Well, Elvis was "In and Hot" for a while pre MTV, pre CD etc. He was young, he was associated with the British New Wave movement, he was prolific and championed by the press and he sold a lot of records.

Some of the early videos are embarrassing but they probably weren't at the time - there wasn't the money to spend on videos until bands like Adam and the Ants, Duran Duran etc came onto the scene and made pop videos which were mini-movies. Elvis was never going to compete in those markets.

Some of them are great because they are so embarrassing; I can't even think of the I Can't Stand Up video without laughing to myself about how funny the dancing is. Similarly the end of Peace Love & Understanding where they are in the hallway and falling down is funny in that Elvis' acting is as bad now as it was then :lol:

Monkey to Man is strange in that it's hard to say who it is supposed to appeal to. Did it get much TV play? It is a hooky tune, it has pretty girls in it, it's funny but did help shift the single?
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Postby libster » Fri Oct 07, 2005 9:39 am

i still cling to my teenage enjoyment of MTV and MTV2, and I can tell you, Monkey to Man got one play that I saw, and it was in the wee small hours of morning on a "Buzz Clip" type show.

MTV is more interested in rap/r&b culture right now...which isn't bad; I like some of those songs, too--just an observation.

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Postby Chrille » Fri Oct 07, 2005 9:47 am

Yes the I Can't Stand Up... dancing is excellent! In fact all the dancing and fancy moves are great because they all seem so half-hearted and uncertain. EC's gestures all seem very nervious as if he hesitated as soon as he tried something. Also, the Accidents Will Happen video wasn't as good as I remember, it's close to epilepsy warning. Although I am still impressed by the computery effect at the end. Wonder if it was computer generated or not.

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Postby libster » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:02 am

I was happy the AwHappen video was exactly as i remembered--frenzied.

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Postby verbal gymnastics » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:22 am

The Accidents video was computer generated and won some kind of award if memory serves me correctly.

The I Can't Stand Up video is worth it for the bit where they are all standing in the street dancing very badly and looking so awkward. I modelled my dancing techniques upon this "style". It's no wonder that my dancing could clear a dance floor. Something I can still do today :lol:
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Postby noiseradio » Wed Oct 12, 2005 12:04 am

Got my copy today, and it's a hoot. Anybody know why there are no videos post-Brutal Youth (if this has been covered earlier in the thread, I'm sorry for repeat business).

Favorite by far is "New Lace Sleeves." "Accidents" is a close second.
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Postby verbal gymnastics » Wed Oct 12, 2005 4:26 am

Volume 2 perhaps?

There could possibly be a licensing issue. To be honest I don't know how many videos have been made post Brutal Youth.

Anyone got any ideas?
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Postby ReadyToHearTheWorst » Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:24 am

I can only think of Still & Monkey to Man (a Tear Off Your Own Head video could have been great).
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Postby verbal gymnastics » Wed Oct 12, 2005 8:37 am

There was also one for 45 (well, two actually!).
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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Wed Oct 12, 2005 8:54 am

noiseradio wrote:Got my copy today, and it's a hoot. Anybody know why there are no videos post-Brutal Youth (if this has been covered earlier in the thread, I'm sorry for repeat business).

Favorite by far is "New Lace Sleeves." "Accidents" is a close second.


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Postby Chrille » Wed Oct 12, 2005 11:16 am

Okay I've now seen all the videos with commentary and I must say I'm a little disappointed. E.C sounds like he was making the comments just glancing at the screen every now and then while focusing on reading or talking to someone else. Could've been better. He could have told some little story of what the song was about and stuff like that when there wasn't anything interesting going on in the video. The few comments that were made were interesting though..

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Wed Oct 12, 2005 12:55 pm

EC didn't make any videos for Kojak Variety or All This Useless Beauty, and the few he's made since then are owned by a different company.

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Postby wardo68 » Wed Oct 12, 2005 1:54 pm

Chrille wrote:E.C sounds like he was making the comments just glancing at the screen every now and then while focusing on reading or talking to someone else...He could have told some little story of what the song was about and stuff like that when there wasn't anything interesting going on in the video.


Personally I enjoyed the impromptu nature of the commentary; if he'd taken the time to prepare something it would have come out more canned. Plus I like hearing the occasional chuckle when he's surprised by one of the visuals.

As for stories about the songs, he's said plenty about them in various liner notes and countless interviews. I should think the liner notes will be as definitive an account of What The Songs Are About until he writes a book about them. A DVD commentary track isn't likely a place for him to stow such insight.

Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.

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Postby wehitandrun » Thu Oct 13, 2005 3:06 am

You're completely right, Wardo.

This isnt about the songs, I've heard him talk these songs about for years now (get the reissues and read the liner notes). It's about the videos, and it was awesome to get his reactions to the little things (he gave a lot of backstory on that confusing white bg, and why it was featured in three videos- as well as the time spent finding Oliver's Army video location). He's hilarious, as well.
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Postby Bassface127 » Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:37 am

I got RS in the mail yesterday and watched the whole thing last night. Even my wife liked the part she watched.

I agree that EC could have provided more background info on each of the videos. He could've also used a foil like Steve Nieve to comment along and point out the little stuff like the horrid fashion sense displayed in the videos. I have to admit that Elvis consistently rips into Steve's fashion sense in these videos...although Steve, more than any of them, completely deserves it! Just wish Steve was there to give a few replies like, "and there's Elvis with yet another suit...ruined by those stupid red shoes. Elvis? Can I borrow those red shoes...I need them to complete this year's Halloween costume."

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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Fri Oct 14, 2005 11:23 am

EC & the Attractions should have enlisted these guys' choreographer (this is a video by OK Go, who will be opening for Rufus Wainwright when we see him in November) - QuickTime plug-in required I think:

http://boss.streamos.com/download/capi001/okgo/amillionways/video/amillionways_v750.mov
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Postby libster » Fri Oct 14, 2005 3:01 pm

I LOVE that video.

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Postby johnfoyle » Thu Oct 27, 2005 5:24 pm

From listserv-

Friends,

Just want to remind you about the special coming this Friday 6 pm -
11:30 pm
EDT live from Stony Brook, NY. Thanks to all of you for the suggestions
regarding the interview with Sophie Coolbaugh from Demon Records on the
Right Spectacle set. Suffice to say it was an interesting conversation.

I'll also be interviewing one of the producers of the Broadway tribute
to
Elvis coming this Monday night.

I've secured copies of The Right Spectacle and Club Date: Memphis DVD's
as
premiums as well as the deluxe version of The Delivery Man. We'll also
have
all of the Rhino reissues available as well.

You can listen online at the coordinates below. For those of you in the
UK
and elsewhere who will be sleeping at that time, the show will be
archived
on our webpage at http://www.WUSB.fm.

Please e-mail me with any requests before the show. You can call in at
800-394-9872 or 631-632-6901.

Enjoy.

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Postby johnfoyle » Fri Oct 28, 2005 1:06 am

More from listserv -


Here's some late breaking news about the
marathon:

1 - As an additional premium, we will have 15 copies of the yet-to-be
released Burt Bacharach CD "At This Time". This will be available with
TWO
OTHER CD'S for just a $35 pledge!!!!

2 - I just re-edited the Sophie Coolbaugh "Right Spectacle" interview.
She
provides great insights into EC's involvement in the project (26
different
cover versions!!) and the NEXT Elvis video project!!! This will come
between
8 - 9:30 pm EDT.

3 - I'll be interviewing Jeffrey Seller, producer of Rent and Avenue Q
AND
the Broadway Elvis Costello tribute, Brilliant Mistake. This will
happen
about 7 pm EDT.

If you do miss the show, it will be archived at our home page at
http://www.wusb.fm. You can call in at 631-632-6901 or e-mail me at
johno@wusb.fm

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Postby verbal gymnastics » Fri Oct 28, 2005 8:29 am

The next Elvis video project - woo hoo (perhaps!).

I've finished watching Right Spectacle in its entirety.

Whilst I would love to have also heard Steve's comments, if you were to include Steve then you'd probably have to include Pete as well. I think it's fair to say that Bruce would not have been invited to participate in such a collaboration. The common theme to all of the videos is naturally Elvis.

I think the commentary works pretty well - there are some laugh out loud moments, particularly amongst Only Flame In Town Version 2.

I'm not sure if Elvis would have been comfortable telling the viewer exactly what the songs are about though. He relies on your own imagination/interpretation.

I love the live stuff too and it's a shame so much more is still in vaults. I'd love to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra show released. We know it exists.
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Postby johnfoyle » Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:11 am

From listserv -

( extract)

Thanks to all for your kind support for the marathon, whether by
pledge, phone call, e-mails or just good vibes and well wishes.
..................here are hour by hour links to listen to the entire
marathon. The Jeffrey Seller (Broadway) interview is after 19:00 and the
Sophie Coolburgh interview is in the 20:00 and 21:00 hours.

http://stream.wusb.stonybrook.edu:8090/ ... lo1800.pls (6pm)
http://stream.wusb.stonybrook.edu:8090/ ... lo1900.pls (7pm)
http://stream.wusb.stonybrook.edu:8090/ ... lo2000.pls (8pm)
http://stream.wusb.stonybrook.edu:8090/ ... lo2100.pls (9pm)
http://stream.wusb.stonybrook.edu:8090/ ... lo2200.pls (10pm)
http://stream.wusb.stonybrook.edu:8090/ ... lo2300.pls (11pm)
http://stream.wusb.stonybrook.edu:8090/ ... lo2330.pls
(11:30pm, first 5 minutes is last 5 minutes of marathon)

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Postby johnfoyle » Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:23 pm

Uncut , Jan. '06

The Best Music DVDs of 2005

No.23

The Right Spectacle

The beloved entertainer has notched up some classy clips in his 30 years. Cheap and simple, the skinny-tied drunken mania of his new wave heyday with the Attractions still packs a comic-aggressive punch,while later gems like “I Wanna Be Loved and “Veronica” both sizzle with personal subtext. But the most vital ingredient of this visual greatest hits is Costello’s own commentary, rich in sour humour and commendable self-mockery.

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Postby sweetest punch » Wed Dec 07, 2005 4:47 pm

Warner Music has a release date for "The Right Spectacle" (outside USA and UK): december 9, 2005.
See: http://www.warnermusic.de/



The Right Spectacle - The Videos
09.12.2005
Video
DVD


Amazon in Germany is going to release a different version of "The Right Spectacle"? A 2 DVD version in NTSC??
See:

http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/B ... 17-5818432

http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/tg/sto ... 17-5818432
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