Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

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Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby elvis_Costello » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:05 pm

Hey, I know a lot of Elvis Costello songs... but not all of them. I'd like to learn more. (:
My favorites are Allison (duh.), New Lace Sleeves, and Shipbuilding...
but those are all the popular ones. :|
So, what are YOUR favorites?
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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby A rope leash » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:57 pm

The favorite song changes with the wind, you know.

This morning, All the Rage. Right now, Needle Time. Tonight? Spin the wheel...

You have much to learn. You're still too young for some of it.

Do you sing along with Elvis? I'd like to hear an adolescent version of Shipbuilding...

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby elvis_Costello » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:01 pm

Haha, no I'd never make a cover. I'm not the best singer...

Oh another one of my favorite songs is I Wanna Be Loved.
Is it just me or does "I Wanna Be Loved" And "Shipbuilding" the best songs to calm down to? Ha, it is for me. :D
I listen to an Elvis Costello Radio Station on Pandora, so I learned a lot of new songs like Lip Service and Man Out of Time.
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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby SoulForHire » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:39 pm

It changes all the time:

Currently - Impatience

Regular contenders:

Romeo's Seance
Beyond Belief
Jack of All Parades
Soul for Fire (surprise surprise)
New Lace Sleeves
The Other Side of Summer
Accidents Will Happen

My list can go on and on. It is hard to pick a single favorite.

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby elvis_Costello » Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:00 pm

Haha I love Jack of All Parades, New Lace Sleeves, and Accidents Will Happen.
But I will make sure to check out the other ones. :mrgreen:
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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby Mikeh » Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:05 pm

My favorite song has always been Clubland and I cannot even begin to explain why, I just love it!

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby elvis_Costello » Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:20 pm

@Mikeh
It used to be one of my favorites too, until you know... I discover new songs. I think its because it reminded me of summer. I'm not sure why, I listened to it a lot at the beach.
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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby Jocko Wainwright » Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:42 pm

Beyond Belief, King Horse, Oliver's Army, Riot Act, Lipstick Vogue, I Want To Vanish, everything else

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby Paul B » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:25 am

If it had to be one song...You Tripped At Every Step

But I'd want to take Bedlam to the desert island as well.

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby Jeremy Dylan » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:16 am

Probably Sulphur to Sugarcane. But I'm flexible.

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby Jack of All Parades » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:39 am

These days it is probably "Jimmy Standing in the Rain" or "Dr. Watson, I Presume" with their multiple layers of meaning and interconnectedness and the overall bittersweet tone found in both. Hard to supplant "Almost Blue", "Fallen" or "Jack of All Parades" though, but periodically, like now, there are challengers.
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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby terryhurley » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:16 am

Heathen Town, Human Hands, This House Is Empty Now, Blue Chair....

ditto all other respondents - the "favourite" changes constantly....

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby A rope leash » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:51 am

Ha ha!

I love it when someone asks what the favorite Elvis song is...then no one seems able to really make up their minds!

It's the mark of a true prolific genius...Elvis will live forever!

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby elvis_Costello » Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:19 am

Yeah!! No one can make up there minds. i'm jsut going to have to listen to them ALL!!
I also LOVE the song "Pills and Soap". It has such a cool like... melody to it!!!

Today I missed the bus because I was basically just sitting in bed, writing in my cartoon journal (like, a journal but I just draw my life in comics) and listening to my Elvis Costello CD...
and then I looked at the clock and I missed my bus!!!!

ELVIS COSTELLO AND CARTOONING DEFY THE ILLUSION OF TIME!!!!!!!! :evil:
And then I was listening to Elvis Costello in the car.

:mrgreen:
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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby bronxapostle » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:03 am

you know...i gotta say kid: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING TO ELVIS ENOUGH!!! :D :D :D

and you NEED more than ONE EC cd! maybe we should all mail him something. i think i have an extra WHEN I WAS CRUEL in house!

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby the_roofdog » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:06 am

I'm currently obsessed with 'Sleep Of The Just'. Extraordinary song.

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby elvis_Costello » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:03 pm

:oops: I know. I need more!!!
Well I actually have two but they have the same songs on both of them. SO. POINTLESS.
I want to get the My Aim Is True one, that one seems awesome :mrgreen:
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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby A rope leash » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:35 pm

Yep...ya might as well start at the beginning!

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby elvis_Costello » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:42 pm

I thought Get Happy! was there first album.
Like, wasnt that the very beginning?
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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby bronxapostle » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:34 pm

no, no, no...MY AIM first, then MODEL, then FORCES, then HAPPY!! (MY FAVE LP EVER!!!) never mind. here's this...

Year Album

01. 1977 My Aim Is True
02. 1978 This Year's Model
03. 1979 Armed Forces
04. 1980 Get Happy!!
05. 1981 Trust
06. 1981 Almost Blue
07. 1982 Imperial Bedroom
08. 1983 Punch The Clock
09. 1984 Goodbye Cruel World
10. 1986 King Of America
11. 1986 Blood & Chocolate
12. 1989 Spike
13. 1991 Mighty Like A Rose
14. 1993 The Juliet Letters
15. 1994 Brutal Youth
16. 1995 Kojak Variety
17. 1996 All This Useless Beauty
18. 1996 Costello & Nieve
19. 1998 Painted From Memory
20. 2001 For The Stars
21. 2002 When I Was Cruel
22. 2003 North
23. 2004 The Delivery Man
24. 2004 Il Sogno
25. 2005 Piano Jazz: Costello/McPartland
26. 2006 My Flame Burns Blue
27. 2006 The River In Reverse
28. 2008 Momofuku
29. 2009 Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
30. 2010 National Ransom

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby elvis_Costello » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:23 pm

:mrgreen: I did my research wrong then...
Well thanks for the info!
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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby Little Fool » Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:34 pm

Like Roofdog, I once would have said Sleep of the Just, but now it's That's not the part of him you're leaving.
Quite similar in the structure of the song very passionate regarding a love that might have been and the way he recounts and unfolds a story about how an individual has repressed a desire for what seems to be the greater good but is, in fact just a wasted chance or opportunity.
A recurrent Costello theme I know and so many songs illustrate this beautifully, but this is my current favourite.

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby nicola76 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:11 pm

"Pump it Up" always works when I'm exercising and need to run a bit further or a bit quicker. The live versions especially sound really, full of energy and bring out something a bit primal in me! :shock: I never cease to react in some way when I hear it.

"I Still Have that Other Girl" is a gorgeous song. Love it.

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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby elvis_Costello » Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:12 pm

:mrgreen: I'll check them out.
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Re: Favorite Elvis Costello Song?

Postby sulky lad » Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:26 pm

I wish I had 60+ years ahead of me to devote to Costello, his music and the paths he's led me to !
Couldn't possibly pick a favourite because so many mean so much in very different circumstances but for moods :-
Happy/Joyful- the whole of "Get Happy" but the fusillade of songs from Opportunity to I Can't Stand Up will do superbly
Angry/ Mad/ Frustrated - the first half of Blood and Chocolate - a bastard of an album I think I once said before
Loving/ Content - Still/ Fallen/ I'm I The Mood Again almost all of North
Regretful/Bitter - Painted From Memory
Bouncy - Punch The Clock
Adult - Brutal Youth with a divorced man's look at the world
These cover a multitude of moods (and sins) but I could then go on about live concerts that move me or alter my moods or lift me up ......
now there's another can of worms, hey BA ??


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