Relatively Insignificant EC Stuff. . .

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Postby johnfoyle » Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:05 pm

No. There were some references to it back at the time it came out, 2010. Nice collection.

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Postby johnfoyle » Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:12 pm

Elvis' cameo in The Pogues video for A Pair Of Brown Eyes - about 2:30 in -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=421pZgg-vlY

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From Carol Clerk's The Story Of The Pogues (2006), p. 150

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Postby johnfoyle » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:29 am

Elvis Costello's Coolest Collaborations


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Postby johnfoyle » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:05 pm

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Elvis at the Mocambo, Toronto , March 1978. From something like the same angle, on this day , Dec. 9th , two years later, 1980 , U2. It's interesting to spot the common features , the lights etc.

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Elvis on Dylan/Nobel prize etc.

http://blog.siriusxm.com/2016/12/08/cha ... bel-prize/

Costello, for one, refuted that idea, going as far as to say Dylan is as much deserving of the Nobel Prize as Winston Churchill.
“Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for literature. I would argue that there’s more poetry in Dylan’s lyrics than there is in A History of the English-Speaking Peoples,” Costello said. “And you know what? Dylan’s a better painter than Churchill, too.”

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Fantastic display !

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Postby Goon Squad » Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:35 am

I don't know if any others "this side of the pond" have seen the Sainsbury's Christmas TV advert, but am I the only one who can see more than a passing resemblance between Dave in the advert and a young Elvis ? Yes, the hair is different, but the face shape, the glasses and even the suit are very similar.............or is it just me ? :wink:
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Postby johnfoyle » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:13 pm

Promo item for the reissues in the 1990s. Nice use of a Chalkie Davies photo. These photos courtesy of David Stokoe.

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Postby johnfoyle » Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:04 pm

1978 Rock Against Racism, Brixton, Elvis Costello, Rare Home Movie Footage

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Postby Offshoreram » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:33 pm

Not sure if this is the right place for this but did anyone else go to see Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue in London last Sunday?

A real fun, festive evening and the Los Straightjackets were quite amazing. Only strange thing was Los Straightjackets played 'I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass' as an instrumental with Lowe only coming back on stage to sing the very last line. Still, plenty of others played like 'Cruel to be Kind', 'I Knew the Bride', and 'When I Write the Book'.

Ended up with an encore of 'What's so Funny ...' and a solo rendition of 'Alison'.

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Postby verbal gymnastics » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:09 pm

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3615&start=1675

I wish we'd known you were going!
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Postby Offshoreram » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:12 pm

verbal gymnastics wrote:http://www.elviscostellofans.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3615&start=1675

I wish we'd known you were going!


I didn't know that thread existed. I'll know in future :D
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Frank Murray RIP. Pogues manager etc. Here with Elvis in Austin TX , October 2015

Awful news. I saw him at a few gigs lately, passed him a few times on Georges St on my walk to work so he must have been living near there. He'd give a nod , a great man altogether.

Chalkie Davies on facebook -

I have spent the afternoon contacting dozens of people who knew and loved Frank Murray, he was like an older brother to me, taking me under his wing and into his family when I was 21 and working with Thin Lizzy. He was a true Prince among men, and universally loved. On hearing the news EC sent me this piece of music, finding it very beautiful, and I think until I can put my own post with photos on here, this stands as a fine tribute to a man who may be gone but will never be forgotten.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Bi_B5l ... e=youtu.be


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Postby johnfoyle » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:15 am

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS

Live at The Riviera, Chicago, IL; December 2, 1977 (also listed as December 3 and December 7). Very good FM broadcast - this recording from a re-broadcast on October 30, 2016.

http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=3228

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Postby johnfoyle » Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:36 pm

http://www.elviscostello.info/wiki/index.php/Melody_Maker,_March_1,_1986

Elvis, March 1986

These days, there's nobody that's enormously popular and successful who is very good musically. I mean, look at George Michael. Music is only 50 per cent of what he does, and s the other 50 per cent that he does very well that makes him successful. There are people who are in the business of being famous, you know, and he's one of them. I'm not in the business of being famous. I just make records. I write songs. That's all I do.


I found that quote while looking for another comment I seem to remember Elvis making about George Michael. It was something along the lines of Elvis remembering being in a night club in , I think, Los Angeles, some shindig after an awards ceremony or something. George Michael was there and apparently came over to say hello and generally be chatty. Elvis commented that he was impressed since George didn't have to do that but did etc.

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Postby johnfoyle » Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:46 am

http://www.elviscostello.info/wiki/inde ... March_1991

Elvis , 1991 , in conversation with Jerry Garcia -

And part of that might be that the only person who grosses more money in the concert than the Grateful Dead is Frank Sinatra. On the other hand, it's a funny world where Frank can write a letter to the L.A. Times about George Michael, where Frank is actually hipper than this multi-million-selling pop star. I agree with him: George is on the top rung of a tall ladder called success, and he should loosen up and swing. I'm with Frank on this one. George could do with some swinging lessons.

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Postby verbal gymnastics » Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:30 pm

Looks like Elvis was at the Liverpool v Man City game on New Years Eve.

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Postby johnfoyle » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:26 am

https://www.theanfieldwrap.com/2017/01/ ... city-home/


Home And Away: The Story Of Liverpool’s Season – Manchester City At Home

2 January 2017

by John Gibbons

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We got a taxi up to Anfield and I met my dad. I was taking him in the posh seats that day as a sort of Christmas present. Swapping Callum from Preston for Elvis Costello. Elvis was sat by us and was an absolute gent. We talked Treme and his infamous gig in Norwich the night of Istanbul and of course footy. Lots and lots of footy. This is the one, after all. He lives in Vancouver now and misses talking about the Reds. I was happy to oblige.

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Postby Harry Lime » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:57 pm

I was listening to the SiriusXM station First Wave this weekend and heard a promo for an upcoming show that was going to be some sort of party on the radio. The soundtrack to the promo? Party Party, of course!
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Postby johnfoyle » Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:56 am

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts ... ond-belief

One Song: Elvis Costello's 'Beyond Belief'

Introducing our new music column, One Song.

CHAD CLARK

NOV 2, 2016

One Song is a new column by Chad Clark, of the band Beauty Pill, that dissects and interrogates the deeper meanings of a single song.

I am not much of a drinker. I’m what they call a lightweight. But I’ve found that there’s a certain state of mind I can only reach with alcohol.

It’s a kind of serene moment of discovered clarity. The world may sway and swish around you, but you’re in the perfect eye of the storm. It feels like lucidity. Perhaps intoxication has led you to revelation and balance?

It’s illusory, of course. A paradox.

In truth, alcohol serves to lower inhibition and impede motor function. Drinking is derangement. It turns you into a stumbling asshole or a stumbling sweetheart, depending on your disposition. It rarely leads to enlightened consciousness.

Elvis Costello’s “Beyond Belief” seems to be an impressionistic rendering of this chimerical vantage point. That epiphanic, philosophical insight that seizes you right before you slip off the bar stool.

The song is iconic among musicians; it provokes hushed awe in most songwriters I know. It evokes drunkenness sonically in order to parse drunkenness itself; a remarkable trick. But it goes deeper than that.

“Beyond Belief” is the concise and bold opening song of Elvis Costello & The Attractions’ album Imperial Bedroom. In 1982, this album came as a startling career departure. With his earlier releases, Costello had established a persona: a confrontational, snarling, acerbic punk. His songs were recriminatory, his recordings economical, dry, and punchy.

The lushly appointed, daringly ambitious Imperial Bedroom (produced by the brilliant Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick) was a total surprise. And coming as it does at the top of the album, “Beyond Belief” functions as Imperial Bedroom’s statement of intent. All opening songs purport to work that way, but “Beyond Belief” seems especially defiant.

The song drops you into a suspended, swirling reverie with a single bass note, a faint and floating organ sound, and a jazz-like drum rhythm that keeps the floor slipping beneath your feet. Most notably: There is no guitar. The music seems to hover and float mid-air. Nobody knew The Attractions could do this.

Into this ghostly space comes Costello’s voice, employing a gentle tone that seems either sultry or haunted, depending on your perspective. There is no precedent in his catalogue. It comes out of nowhere. As do the words:

History repeats the old conceits

the glib replies the same defeats

Keep your finger on important issues

with crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues

I’m just the oily slick on the windup world with a nervous tick

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The lyrics spool out masterfully like lines from James Joyce or T.S. Eliot. Densely packed with shadowy wordplay and phantasmagoric allusion, the song seems to depict a sinister night in a bar (or “gin palace.”) Ostensibly, the song’s subject attempts to seduce a beautiful woman. He feels a predatory mixture of desire and objectifying contempt for her. He admires her innocence, but also wishes to defile it. He’s drawn to her allure, but also resents it. We’ve all seen men do this.

The subject seems to be getting progressively inebriated as the song moves forward. Though it begins with a languid tempo, “Beyond Belief” ends at almost double speed. The pace feels desolate. There is a suggestion of existential panic and harrowing hallucination. (Why the San Andreas fault? Why the canals of Mars?)

The last few lines, which are repeated into the fade-out, express this dread most explicitly. And the fade-out happens just as the band surges most fiercely. The Attractions’ drummer Pete Thomas, in particular, is at his most fiery as the song drifts away. No accident.

But to me, the most striking and singular element of “Beyond Belief” is the melody.

The melody never repeats until the very last line of the song forms a dark, looping refrain. Pop music is founded on hooks: repeated motifs that are meant to grab you. Making a pop song without repeating a melody... well, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Local painter and songwriter Ryan Nelson (of the bands Soccer Team and Minutes) describes Costello’s lilting melody as “a spiral staircase.” I’d never thought of it that way, but it does have a helix-like quality.

Ryan teaches English and he brought some of his professional literary insight to bear on the discussion. We sifted through the wordplay and homonym gems strewn throughout the lyrics. “In a sense” sounds a lot like “innocence.” Both “nervous tick” and “nervous tic” work in context. And of course the sequence of “catcall,” “wolfwhistle,” and “dogfight” has to be deliberate. Ryan even clued me into “rose and thistle,” symbolizing tension between the English and Scottish cultures, respectively.

Amid the current controversy over whether a songwriter is worthy of recognition among the pantheon of Serious Literature, “Beyond Belief” is certainly as good an exemplar for The Pop Song As High Art as any. It seemed a fitting inaugural topic for this series.


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