History Music / ElvisCostello

10th May '16 9:54:12 AM DavidDelony
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* WallOfText: The lyrics on the original release of ''Imperial Bedroom'' were printed this way.
1st May '16 3:46:58 PM Ezclee4050
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** "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" mixes this with TheCoverChangesTheMeaning. The original version by Sam & Dave is slower and more anguished.
14th Mar '16 12:39:12 PM microkittycat
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He's [[RenaissanceMan also an author]]. His first book ''Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink'' was released in 2015. While working on it, he denied it would [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial be an autobiography]]. This is technically true - [[SubvertedTrope it's a memoir]]. It also took much longer than expected to write. Perhaps ending up [[Doorstopper more than double the length]] of the 300-and-some pages promised by the publisher had something to do with that.

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He's [[RenaissanceMan also an author]]. His first book ''Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink'' was released in 2015. While working on it, he denied it would [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial be denied it would be]] an autobiography]]. autobiography. This is technically true - [[SubvertedTrope it's a memoir]].memoir. It also took much longer than expected to write. Perhaps ending up [[Doorstopper [[Main/DoorStopper more than double double]] the length]] length of the 300-and-some pages promised by the publisher had something to do with that.
14th Mar '16 12:33:13 PM microkittycat
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Declan Patrick Aloysius [=MacManus=] (born August 25, 1954), better known by his {{Stage Name|s}} Elvis Costello, is a sometimes popular and always respectable musician and songwriter who's been around since the late [[TheSeventies seventies]]. He honed his skills playing in the pub rock band Flip City at night while working as a computer operator at Revlon's London branch. Soon after that, he signed a contract with fledgling record label Stiff and adopted a new name an ironic ShoutOut to Music/ElvisPresley (who died soon afterward) combined with his mother's maiden name.

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Declan Patrick Aloysius [=MacManus=] (born August 25, 1954), better known by his {{Stage Name|s}} Elvis Costello, is a sometimes popular and always respectable musician and songwriter who's been around since the late [[TheSeventies seventies]].

He honed his skills playing in the pub rock band Flip City at night while working as a computer operator at Revlon's London branch. Soon after that, he signed a contract with fledgling record label Stiff and adopted a new name an ironic ShoutOut to Music/ElvisPresley (who died soon afterward) combined with his mother's maiden name.



He wears many hats...and is also an author. His book ''Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink'' was released in 2015. While working on it, he denied it would be an autobiography. This is technically true - it's a memoir. It took much longer than expected to write. Perhaps ending up more than double the length of 300-and-some pages promised by the publisher had something to do with that.

He also hosted [[TooGoodToLast two seasons]] of a music/interview show called ''Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...'' which aired on the Sundance Channel in the US and ChannelFour in the UK. UsefulNotes/{{Television}} has seen him being banned from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' for a dozen years for changing songs unannounced, subbing for Creator/DavidLetterman during his heart surgery, and appearing AsHimself on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Charges that he is an [[Series/ThirtyRock international art thief]] are still being investigated.


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He wears many hats...and is He's [[RenaissanceMan also an author. author]]. His first book ''Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink'' was released in 2015. While working on it, he denied it would [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial be an autobiography. autobiography]]. This is technically true - [[SubvertedTrope it's a memoir. memoir]]. It also took much longer than expected to write. Perhaps ending up [[Doorstopper more than double the length length]] of the 300-and-some pages promised by the publisher had something to do with that.

He also hosted [[TooGoodToLast two seasons]] of a music/interview show called ''Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...'' which aired on the Sundance Channel in the US and ChannelFour in the UK. UsefulNotes/{{Television}} has seen him being banned from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' for a dozen years for changing songs unannounced, subbing for Creator/DavidLetterman during his heart surgery, and appearing AsHimself on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Charges that he is an [[Series/ThirtyRock international art thief]] are still being investigated.

14th Mar '16 12:22:00 PM microkittycat
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Declan Patrick Aloysius [=MacManus=] (born August 25, 1954), better known by his {{Stage Name|s}} Elvis Costello, has been a sometimes popular and always respectable musician and songwriter since the late [[TheSeventies seventies]]. He honed his skills playing in the pub rock band Flip City at night while working as a computer operator at Revlon's London branch. Soon after that, he signed a contract with fledgling record label Stiff and adopted a new name an ironic ShoutOut to Music/ElvisPresley (who died soon afterward) combined with his mother's maiden name.

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Declan Patrick Aloysius [=MacManus=] (born August 25, 1954), better known by his {{Stage Name|s}} Elvis Costello, has been is a sometimes popular and always respectable musician and songwriter who's been around since the late [[TheSeventies seventies]]. He honed his skills playing in the pub rock band Flip City at night while working as a computer operator at Revlon's London branch. Soon after that, he signed a contract with fledgling record label Stiff and adopted a new name an ironic ShoutOut to Music/ElvisPresley (who died soon afterward) combined with his mother's maiden name.



Although he is often associated with his use of puns and wordplay in lyrics, these are devices that are most evident in his early works. As he has matured, Costello's humor has become less brash and sarcastic, more jocular and [[SelfDeprecation self-mocking]]. His curiosity and desire to collaborate with others has, among many other adventures, lead him to compose a score for the ballet, tour with T-Bone Burnett as a country duo, and write an album's worth of songs with Burt Bacharach.

UsefulNotes/{{Television}} has seen him being banned from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' for a dozen years for changing songs unannounced, subbing for Creator/DavidLetterman during his heart surgery, and appearing AsHimself on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Charges that he is an [[Series/ThirtyRock international art thief]] are still being investigated.

He also hosted [[TooGoodToLast two seasons]] of a music/interview show called ''Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...'' which aired on the Sundance Channel in the US and ChannelFour in the UK.

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Although he is often associated with his use of puns and wordplay in lyrics, these are devices that are most evident noticeable in his early works. work. As he has he's matured, Costello's humor has become less brash and sarcastic, more jocular and [[SelfDeprecation self-mocking]]. His curiosity and desire to collaborate with others has, has - among many other adventures, adventures - lead him to compose a score for the ballet, tour with T-Bone Burnett as a country duo, and write an album's worth of songs with Burt Bacharach.

UsefulNotes/{{Television}} has seen him being banned from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' for a dozen years for changing songs unannounced, subbing for Creator/DavidLetterman during his heart surgery, He wears many hats...and appearing AsHimself is also an author. His book ''Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink'' was released in 2015. While working on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Charges that it, he denied it would be an autobiography. This is an [[Series/ThirtyRock international art thief]] are still being investigated.

technically true - it's a memoir. It took much longer than expected to write. Perhaps ending up more than double the length of 300-and-some pages promised by the publisher had something to do with that.

He also hosted [[TooGoodToLast two seasons]] of a music/interview show called ''Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...'' which aired on the Sundance Channel in the US and ChannelFour in the UK. UsefulNotes/{{Television}} has seen him being banned from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' for a dozen years for changing songs unannounced, subbing for Creator/DavidLetterman during his heart surgery, and appearing AsHimself on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Charges that he is an [[Series/ThirtyRock international art thief]] are still being investigated.

12th Feb '16 9:31:47 AM eroock
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* ''Music/ThisYearsModel''^ (1978)

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* ''Music/ThisYearsModel''^ ''Music/ThisYearsModel'' (1978)
12th Feb '16 9:31:26 AM eroock
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Declan Patrick Aloysius [=MacManus=] (born August 25, 1954), better known by his {{Stage Name|s}} '''Elvis Costello''', has been a sometimes popular and always respectable musician and songwriter since the late [[TheSeventies seventies]]. He honed his skills playing in the pub rock band Flip City at night while working as a computer operator at Revlon's London branch. Soon after that, he signed a contract with fledgling record label Stiff and adopted a new name an ironic ShoutOut to Music/ElvisPresley (who died soon afterward) combined with his mother's maiden name.

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Declan Patrick Aloysius [=MacManus=] (born August 25, 1954), better known by his {{Stage Name|s}} '''Elvis Costello''', Elvis Costello, has been a sometimes popular and always respectable musician and songwriter since the late [[TheSeventies seventies]]. He honed his skills playing in the pub rock band Flip City at night while working as a computer operator at Revlon's London branch. Soon after that, he signed a contract with fledgling record label Stiff and adopted a new name an ironic ShoutOut to Music/ElvisPresley (who died soon afterward) combined with his mother's maiden name.
12th Jan '16 11:11:02 PM Ironeye
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* GenreAdultery: Costello doesn't just commit Genre Adultery he commits Genre Nymphomania. Outside of Rock music, he's done an album of sixties Soul Pop (''Get Happy''), country covers (''Almost Blue''), chamber music (''The Juliet Letters''), roots rock (''King of America'', ''The Delivery Man''), jazz (''My Flame Burns Blue''), classical (''Il Sogno''), and bluegrass (''Secret, Profane & Sugarcane'').
22nd Nov '15 6:01:50 PM Schroeder1174
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* SelfDeprecation: Described himself in a mid-[[TheEighties 1980's]] interview as "Rock 'n' roll's Scrabble champion".
* SequelSong: Sometimes his compositions just have too many words for one song. "American Without Tears No. 2" and "...Dust" are good examples of this. "When I Was Cruel No. 2" is unusual in that not only is it a completely different song than "When I Was Cruel No. 1", but it is on the album while "No. 1" was a B-side.



* SesameStreetCred: Joined Elmo (both dressed in jacket, tie, fedora, and hipster "NHS glasses") to sing about the time [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxardpBReQc "the monster went and ate my red 2".]]
** He duetted with [[NoDoubt Gwen Stefani]] on his composition, "I Throw My Toys Around" on ''TheRugratsMovie'' soundtrack.



* SequelSong: Sometimes his compositions just have too many words for one song. "American Without Tears No. 2" and "...Dust" are good examples of this. "When I Was Cruel No. 2" is unusual in that not only is it a completely different song than "When I Was Cruel No. 1", but it is on the album while "No. 1" was a B-side.
* SesameStreetCred: Joined Elmo (both dressed in jacket, tie, fedora, and hipster "NHS glasses") to sing about the time [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxardpBReQc "the monster went and ate my red 2".]]
26th Oct '15 8:28:06 PM Angeldeb82
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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable:

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** Almost every version of ''Get Happy!!'' places emphasis on the number of tracks in its promotion. The original vinyl album featured twenty tracks one one record, and Elvis recorded a television promo promoting this fact while the album included a note from producer Nick Lowe to assuage customer fears that the quality would be sacrificed to fit the songs on. The 1994 Rykodisc reissue contained ten bonus tracks and a note from Elvis reading, "Thanks to the wonders of technology, we are able to present the new and improved ''Get Happy!!'' containing, count them, THIRTY TRACKS!!!" Nine years later, the Rhino reissue added a bonus disc containing [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill thirty]] bonus tracks, bringing the total to 50. This trend died with the [[VanillaEdition 2007 Hip-O releases, which drop the bonus tracks and liner notes]].

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** Almost every version of ''Get Happy!!'' places emphasis on the number of tracks in its promotion. The original vinyl album featured twenty tracks one one record, and Elvis recorded a television promo promoting this fact while the album included a note from producer Nick Lowe to assuage customer fears that the quality would be sacrificed to fit the songs on. The 1994 Rykodisc reissue contained ten bonus tracks and a note from Elvis reading, "Thanks to the wonders of technology, we are able to present the new and improved ''Get Happy!!'' containing, count them, THIRTY TRACKS!!!" Nine years later, the Rhino reissue added a bonus disc containing [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill thirty]] {{th|ereIsNoKillLikeOverkill}}irty bonus tracks, bringing the total to 50. This trend died with the [[VanillaEdition 2007 Hip-O releases, which drop the bonus tracks and liner notes]].



** The words to a number of the songs on ''Punch The Clock'' ("The Greatest Thing" and "Love Went Mad") (reputedly) contain swipes at the macho posturing/anti-hard work themes of [[GeorgeMichael Wham!'s]] "Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do)" and "Young Guns (Go For It)" ([[PoesLaw though the Wham! songs themselves might have been parodies]]).

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** The words to a number of the songs on ''Punch The Clock'' ("The Greatest Thing" and "Love Went Mad") (reputedly) contain swipes at the macho posturing/anti-hard work themes of [[GeorgeMichael [[Music/GeorgeMichael Wham!'s]] "Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do)" and "Young Guns (Go For It)" ([[PoesLaw though the Wham! songs themselves might have been parodies]]).
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