Trivia / Elvis Costello

  • Black Sheep Hit: Not a huge fan of "Everyday I Write The Book", which is one of his biggest hits.
  • Creator Backlash Costello has expressed disappointment with Goodbye Cruel World. The liner notes to the 1995 reissue open with the sentence "Congratulations, you've just bought our worst album", but continue by explaining that he feels this way because the period in which it was made was marred by personal concerns and he chose the wrong approach to recording the songs. In 2004, he noted that:
    "Now, with the benefit of a little more distance, I am able to say that it is probably the worst record that I could have made of a decent bunch of songs."
  • Creator Breakdown
  • Genre Adultery: 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).
  • Missing Episode:
    • In his memoirs he talks about finding the master tape of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" at a recording studio he working at. Since that song was often characterized as being In the Style of... Costello, Costello decided to jokingly dub his own lead vocal to the backing track. Then after listening back to it, he promptly had the vocal track erased.
    • The Greatest Hits Album Extreme Honey was originally going to include a Cover Version of "Pop Life" with altered lyrics as its token new recording. Prince denied permission, so Costello constructed a new original song, "The Bridge I Burned", out of elements of his intended arrangement of "Pop Life" . If you know what you're looking for, there are some similarities in the final product, and the very first words sung in the song are still "pop life".
  • Old Shame: He seems to view his debut single "Less Than Zero" as this. It's only appeared on one of his numerous best-of compilations, and he's made some unenthusiastic comments about it over the years (basically regretting what he considers a lack of subtlety in the song).
  • Working Title:
    • Little Hitler, Girls! Girls! Girls!note  and The King of Belgiumnote  for This Year's Model. Costello used two of these later—"Two Little Hitlers" became a song on Armed Forcesnote , and Girls! Girls! Girls! became a Greatest Hits compilation.
    • Emotional Fascism for Armed Forces.
    • Idiophone for Brutal Youth.