Trivia: Elvis Costello
- 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
- While making Blood And Chocolate, Costello had just had a messy divorce, was going through some trouble with his backing band The Attractions, and was rumored to be drinking an absolutely heroic amount of alcohol to cope. It's one of his bitterest albums, and (to some) one of the most underrated. His marital difficulties also contributed to Goodbye Cruel World's bland '80s production. On the other hand, his problems also inspired much of the material on Imperial Bedroom, which many fans consider to be his masterpiece and many critics list as one of the greatest albums of all time.
- The liner notes to his 1990's Rykodisc reissues explain a gradual story of Costello, married and advancing in his career, determined not to fall prey to the temptations and vices of pop stardom and failing miserably at it. Promiscuity, substance abuse (mainly amphetamines and alcohol) and occasional slip-ups like the Ray Charles slurring incident would follow him in the early years with the Attractions. His first marriage would deteriorate, as would his friendship with bassist Bruce Thomas; these incidents and circumstances would inform many of his songs in the eighties and influence much of his musical decision making (and the feel of many of his records), at least as far back as Get Happy!!, if not earlier.
- 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
- "Emotional Fascism" for Armed Forces.
- "Idiophone" for Brutal Youth.