History YMMV / ElvisCostello

8th Feb '16 5:14:00 PM DavidDelony
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* AwardSnub: Infamously beaten out for Best New Artist at the 1979 Grammys by A Taste of Honey. Though given that the Best New Artist award is considered, as Creator/ToddInTheShadows put it, "the MaddenCurse of music," it's probably all for the best.
8th Feb '16 4:41:25 AM Freshmeat
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* MagnumOpus: ''Imperial Bedroom'', for many people.
6th Nov '15 2:08:46 PM ThallianGold
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** ''Veronica'' is about Costello's grandmother suffering from late stage Alzheimer's, to the point where she's no longer sure of [[IdentityAmnesia her own name.]] The chorus even dwells on how easy it is to get frustrated with her, and assume she's just playing a joke when she doesn't recognize him.
15th Oct '15 1:48:08 PM MarkLungo
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* HypeBacklash: Costello feared this trope would come into play when his American record company promoted his 1982 album ''Imperial Bedroom'' with the tagline "Masterpiece?". Ultimately, the trope was averted; the album is regarded as one of his best by both fans and critics. In his memoir, Costello describes the company's tag choice as:
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* HypeBacklash: Costello feared this trope would come into play when his American record company label, Creator/ColumbiaRecords, promoted his 1982 album ''Imperial Bedroom'' with the tagline "Masterpiece?". Ultimately, the trope was averted; the album is regarded as one of his best by both fans and critics. In his memoir, Costello describes the company's tag choice as:
15th Oct '15 1:40:56 PM ThornBrain
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* AmericansHateTingle: He's had a fairly successful career in America, but his albums have been far from blockbusters. The "N-word" incident seems to have killed his early commercial momentum there.
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* AmericansHateTingle: He's had a fairly successful career in America, but his albums have been far from blockbusters. The "N-word" incident seems to have killed hurt his early commercial momentum there.

* EvenBetterSequel: Although all of Costello's first three albums are highly acclaimed, ''This Year's Model'' is generally regarded as better than ''Music/MyAimIsTrue'' thanks to the Attractions. And ''Armed Forces'' is often regarded as better than ''This Year's Model'' due to its increased musical complexity and the presence of {{Signature Song}}s "Accidents Will Happen", "Oliver's Army" and "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding". * FunnyAneurysmMoment[=/=]HarsherInHindsight: "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" became truly ironic twenty-five years later with the popularity of ''Series/BlueCollarComedy''. Apparently, some people find the idea of peace, love, and understanding ''extremely'' funny.
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* EvenBetterSequel: Although all of Costello's first three albums are highly acclaimed, ''This Year's Model'' ''Music/ThisYearsModel'' is generally regarded as better than ''Music/MyAimIsTrue'' thanks to the Attractions. And ''Armed Forces'' is often regarded as better than ''This Year's Model'' due to its increased musical complexity and the presence of {{Signature Song}}s "Accidents Will Happen", "Oliver's Army" and "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding". * FunnyAneurysmMoment[=/=]HarsherInHindsight: FunnyAneurysmMoment: "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" became truly ironic twenty-five years later with the popularity of ''Series/BlueCollarComedy''. Apparently, some people find the idea of peace, love, and understanding ''extremely'' funny.

* HypeBacklash: Costello feared this trope would come into play when his American record company promoted his 1982 album ''Imperial Bedroom'' with the tagline "Masterpiece?". Ultimately, the trope was averted; the album is regarded as one of his best by both fans and critics.
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* HypeBacklash: Costello feared this trope would come into play when his American record company promoted his 1982 album ''Imperial Bedroom'' with the tagline "Masterpiece?". Ultimately, the trope was averted; the album is regarded as one of his best by both fans and critics. In his memoir, Costello describes the company's tag choice as: -->"In the recipe book of disasters, that comes shortly before the instruction: ''First take your lion. Insert foot. Insert leg. Repeat with other limbs until fully consumed''."

* SophomoreSlump: Averted with ''This Year's Model'', which is considered one of his best albums.
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* SophomoreSlump: Averted with ''This Year's Model'', ''Music/ThisYearsModel'', which is considered one of his best albums.
9th Jan '15 9:01:55 AM Patachou
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Pretty much everything he did between 1977 and 1982, especially ''My Aim Is True'', ''This Year's Model'', ''Armed Forces'', ''Get Happy!!'' and ''Imperial Bedroom''. * BrokenBase: Politics wise. Many people love him, but the far right have nothing but hatred and anger towards him for his anti-MargaretThatcher songs and also for boycotting Israel, and would probably break out the bubbly if he were to pass away tomorrow.
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Pretty much everything he did between 1977 and 1982, especially ''My Aim Is True'', ''Music/MyAimIsTrue'', ''This Year's Model'', ''Armed Forces'', ''Get Happy!!'' and ''Imperial Bedroom''. * BrokenBase: Politics wise. Many people love him, but the far right have nothing but hatred and anger towards him for his anti-MargaretThatcher anti-UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher songs and also for boycotting Israel, and would probably break out the bubbly if he were to pass away tomorrow.

** Robert Wyatt's version of "Shipbuilding" is better-known than Costello's original.
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** Robert Wyatt's Music/RobertWyatt's version of "Shipbuilding" is better-known than Costello's original.

* EvenBetterSequel: Although all of Costello's first three albums are highly acclaimed, ''This Year's Model'' is generally regarded as better than ''My Aim Is True'' thanks to the Attractions. And ''Armed Forces'' is often regarded as better than ''This Year's Model'' due to its increased musical complexity and the presence of {{Signature Song}}s "Accidents Will Happen", "Oliver's Army" and "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding".
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* EvenBetterSequel: Although all of Costello's first three albums are highly acclaimed, ''This Year's Model'' is generally regarded as better than ''My Aim Is True'' ''Music/MyAimIsTrue'' thanks to the Attractions. And ''Armed Forces'' is often regarded as better than ''This Year's Model'' due to its increased musical complexity and the presence of {{Signature Song}}s "Accidents Will Happen", "Oliver's Army" and "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding".

* TearJerker: "[[TakeThat Tramp The Dirt Down]]''. The sheer bitterness and anger in his voice and in the lyrics is heartbreaking, especially to people who have less than positive memories of MargaretThatcher.
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* TearJerker: "[[TakeThat Tramp The Dirt Down]]''. The sheer bitterness and anger in his voice and in the lyrics is heartbreaking, especially to people who have less than positive memories of MargaretThatcher.UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher.
8th Jan '15 2:03:21 AM 06tele
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** Robert Wyatt's version of "Shipbuilding" is better-known than Costello's original.
17th Sep '14 4:42:12 PM Schroeder
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** Once, in a drunken rant, called Music/JamesBrown and Music/RayCharles "niggers"; he later explained that he was trying to bring a tiresome conversation to a swift conclusion, not expecting his comments to appear in the newspapers. Charles publicly forgave him, saying "...drunk talk doesn't mean anything." The incident has been mostly forgotten now, but it severely hurt his career in America at the time. He didn't tour the States again until 1981. Costello felt guilty about the incident for a long time afterwards, turning down an offer to meet his idol Charles out of embarrassment.
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** Once, in a drunken rant, called Music/JamesBrown and Music/RayCharles "niggers"; he later explained that he was trying to bring a tiresome conversation in a bar with Stephen Stills and Bonnie Bramlett to a swift conclusion, not expecting his comments to appear in the newspapers. Charles publicly forgave him, saying "...drunk talk doesn't mean anything." The incident has been mostly forgotten now, but it severely hurt his career in America at the time. He didn't tour the States again until 1981. Costello felt guilty about the incident for a long time afterwards, turning down an offer to meet his idol Charles out of embarrassment.
10th Aug '14 11:17:24 AM kilroy11235
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* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: In 1977, ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' held a contest for the GuestHost spot on that year's Christmas episode. [[ContestWinnerCameo The winner]] was Miskel Spillman, an octogenarian grandmother from UsefulNotes/NewOrleans. After learning that an old lady won the contest, the ''SNL'' production team tried to get the Music/SexPistols on as the musical guest to drum up more publicity and because it would be, y'know, fucking hilarious, but visa problems caused them to pick Elvis Costello and the Attractions instead. [[ExecutiveMeddling NBC and Costello's record label insisted]] he play "Less Than Zero", but instead he dramatically stopped the Attractions during the second line and began playing "Radio, Radio" - a song he was specifically told not to play - instead. For this he was banned for several years from the program, but ''SNL'' now actively embraces the incident as one of the coolest things to ever happen on the show. To prove this, the show asked Costello to "crash" the Music/BeastieBoys' performance of "Sabotage" during the SNL 20th Anniversary Special. After said crashing, Costello and the Beasties performed, of course, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNiAuRgmApE Radio, Radio]]".
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* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: In 1977, ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' held a contest for the GuestHost spot on that year's Christmas episode. [[ContestWinnerCameo The winner]] was Miskel Spillman, an octogenarian grandmother from UsefulNotes/NewOrleans. After learning that an old lady won the contest, the ''SNL'' production team tried to get the Music/SexPistols on as the musical guest to drum up more publicity and because it would be, y'know, fucking hilarious, but visa problems caused them to pick Elvis Costello and the Attractions instead. [[ExecutiveMeddling NBC and Costello's record label insisted]] he play "Less Than Zero", but instead he dramatically stopped the Attractions during the second line and began playing "Radio, Radio" - a song he was specifically told not to play - instead. For this he was banned for several years from the program, but ''SNL'' now actively embraces the incident as one of the coolest things to ever happen on the show. To prove this, the show asked Costello to "crash" the Music/BeastieBoys' performance of "Sabotage" during the SNL 20th Anniversary Special. After said crashing, Costello and the Beasties performed, of course, "[[http://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNiAuRgmApE com/watch?v=0E6fvVaVgOQ Radio, Radio]]".
5th Aug '14 9:49:45 AM ThornBrain
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Pretty much everything he did between 1977 and 1982, especially ''My Aim Is True'', ''This Year's Model'', ''Armed Forces'', ''Get Happy!!'' and ''Imperial Bedroom''.

* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Pretty much everything he did between 1977 and 1982, especially ''My Aim Is True'', ''This Year's Model'', ''Armed Forces'', ''Get Happy!!'' and ''Imperial Bedroom''. * DigitalPiracyIsOkay: On 2004's ''The Delivery Man'', the standard FBI anti-piracy warning is prefaced by a note reading: '''"The artist does not endorse the following statement. The FBI doesn't have his home phone number and he hopes they don't have yours."'''
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