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  Elvis Costello - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Costello was an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-1970s, and later became associated with the punk rock and new wave musical genres, before establishing himself as a unique and original voice in the 1980s.
A contrite Costello apologised at a New York City press conference a few days later, claiming that he had been drunk and had been attempting to be obnoxious in order to bring the conversation to a swift conclusion, not anticipating that Bramlett would bring his comments to the press.
Costello has inadvertently made himself capable of challenging Kevin Bacon's role in a musical version of the six degrees of separation game, as his associations span the gamut in the music industry.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Elvis_Costello   (4252 words)

 umusic.ca :: elvis costello
Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Costello sang both of the leading male roles; Andersen and that of the showman, P.T. Barnum, while the leading female role of Jenny Lind was taken by Swedish soprano, Gisela Stille.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters made their South American concert debut in October 2005 with appearances in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires and had planned to record again in the spring of '06.
umusic.ca /elviscostello   (1202 words)

Costello has said that the album follows the template of old songbook records, which were common projects when it was rare for performers to write their own songs.
Both Elvis and Joe [Henry] really ended up learning a lot from him, and they were happy to have that experience, to work with someone who had done such amazing stuff." Bingham points out that Costello and Toussaint, for their versatility and curiosity about the whole spectrum of possibilities in music, make a great pair.
Costello notes that, to him, the song is "maybe a relative of 'Deep Dark Truthful Mirror,'" the track off of 1989's Spike to which Toussaint contributed his piano part.
www.elvis-costello.com /news   (1621 words)

 The Elvis Costello Home Page - Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elvis had been toying with retiring at this early stage in his career and it was only with some effort, particularly by members of the Attractions, that he was persuaded to continue.
Elvis later explained the absence of the Attractions on stage by telling interviewers that it was easier for the concert organisers to deal with a solo artist than yet another band, given the tight schedules the event required.
Costello at this time was starting to doubt the wisdom of having chosen the name "Elvis Costello" and recognised that it saddled him with an image that, although useful in 1977, was simply a burden in 1986.
www.elviscostello.info /biography.php   (11634 words)

 MTV Music | Elvis Costello - Profile and Biography
Costello and the Attractions released Trust in early 1981; it was his fifth album in a row produced by Nick Lowe.
Costello tried to replicate the success of Punch the Clock with his next record, 1984's Goodbye Cruel World, but the album was a commercial and critical failure.
Costello was relatively inactive during 1985, releasing only one new single ("The People's Limousine," a collaboration with singer/songwriter T-Bone Burnett released under the name the Coward Brothers) and producing Rum Sodomy and the Lash, the second album by the punk-folk band the Pogues.
www.mtv.com /music/artist/costello_elvis/bio.jhtml   (1795 words)

 Presley vs Costello - Advantage: Elvis!
Costello has actually developed into one of the best vocalists in the history of recorded pop music, but he could never have made "That's Alright, Mama" into a cultural landmark.
Elvis, on the other hand, was missing his Mama, and his soul at that moment was an open book.
Costello gave a highly articulated expression of lower level human despair: "What's so funny about peace, love and understanding." Contrast this to the finale of Elvis' famous 1968 television special, "If I Can Dream." Elvis is reaching out toward something holy and transcendent that Costello could never touch.
www.morethings.com /music/elvis/presley_vs_costello-advantage_elvis.htm   (1247 words)

 Metroactive Music | Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello wants to be taken seriously as a singer as opposed to a musician, but on his latest album, All This Useless Beauty (Warner Bros.), full of ballads and almost entirely devoid of balls-out rock, he misses his goal.
Costello has let his admirable but ultimately unsuccessful association a while back with the Euro-classical Brodsky Quartet go to his head.
Costello has always evidenced a marked predilection for the arsenic-and-old-lace approach, and in the main, the singer/songwriter/guitarist is at the top of his game when he's stark raving mad at the world.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/06.20.96/costello-9625.html   (476 words)

 Bright Blue Times: The Music Of Elvis Costello   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Costello's first full-length orchestral work, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra...
Costello's 2003 opus is a lush, orchestral affair, a collection of subtle and emotional songs with nary a guitar solo in sight.
Costello's first solo album since 1996, this "rowdy rhythm record" is a musical bolt of lightening following the tender ballads of previous years.
www.astheygo.com /elviscostello.htm   (266 words)

 Salon Brilliant Careers | Elvis Costello   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In 1982, Elvis Costello was in something like a state of shock: He was exhausted by an unremunerative fame, wired on speed and slightly disgusted with his career.
The most salient fact about Elvis Costello, in many ways a traditional talent, was that he had the misfortune of coming of age in a most untraditional time.
Musically, Costello came out of a relatively genial strain of British pub rock, but by the time he got his record contract, in England at least it seemed as if a generation was aflame, and his natural, gripping sarcasm seemed a piece with it.
www.salon.com /people/bc/1999/09/21/costello   (767 words)

 Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Punks didn't give a fuck; Elvis was sensitive enough to not only give a fuck, but smart enough to be pissed off and disturbed by that fuck.
When Elvis sweetly intones, "My aim is true," he could as easily be alluding to shooting his ex-lover as trying to win her back.
Elvis' nerdy whine sounds wonderfully displaced amidst the heavy bass and syncopated drumming, and perfectly ties up the vague themes of love and murder running through the record.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/c/costello_elvis/my-aim-is-true.shtml   (833 words)

 Elvis Costello   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elvis Costello, aka Declan McManus, is yet another product of mid/late '70s London.
Costello found few friends in the media, as critics didn't know quite how to react to his sarcasm and resistance to behave like a pop star.
Elvis has managed to do something most early '80s pop stars have not: mature musically.
www.80smusiclyrics.com /artists/elviscostello.htm   (520 words)

 Amazon.com: The Very Best of Elvis Costello: Music: Elvis Costello   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The debate over whether he is punk or new wave is long over; today Elvis Costello is less likely to be found on a list with Strummer and Scabies than he is with Bacharach and David and Jimmy Webb.
The evolution of Costello's craft as a songwriter and performer, from the early high-octane polemics, through his stylistic experiments with country and soul, and on to standards written for others, is splendidly documented on this elegant two-disc set.
Elvis Costello is perhaps the most versatile artist to emerge from the punk era of the 1980's.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005ARFU?v=glance   (1231 words)

 Elvis Costello Online - Elvis Costello's Unofficial Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elvis will be performing alongside Deborah Harry with The Jazz Passengers at Vision Artists for New Orleans, a Hurricane Relief Benefiton Tuesday, September 20 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation Center at 172 Norfolk Street in New York.
Elvis Costello has completed a new album to be released in September by Deutsche Grammophon, the classical division of Universal Music.
Elvis may be coming to a theater near you this July.
www.ecostello.com   (592 words)

 Elvis Costello Online - An Audience With The Pope   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elvis is wearing a grey jacket with a dark tie and a striped shirt, plus narrow-leg blue jeans.
The next shows Elvis turning to the band and yelling "Stop" and the one after shows Elvis announcing to the audience that the song is "not relevant".
In a future audience I will discuss Elvis' first ever appearance playing one of his songs on TV, a solo performance of "Alison" from UK show "What's On" which was taped around April or May 1977 and broadcast on July 21, 1977 (prior to the release of "My Aim Is True").
www.ecostello.com /audience/990906.shtml   (931 words)

 Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Costello harnesses some of his Useless Beauty period's greatest strengths-- the wet percussion from Tricky's remix of "Little Atoms," for instance, and the tremolo guitar that dominated "Complicated Shadows"-- to give his new compositions a contemporary edge while anchoring the music to the ragged, rough-edged guitar sound that's been the signature of Costello's best work.
Costello's at his most entertaining when he cleverly sidesteps an issue rather than confronting it head on, as on the slight misfire of "45," which makes the trite connection between Costello's age and the number of revolutions per minute made by a hit record.
Some of Costello's most interesting work has been fatally injured by poor chemistry; When I Was Cruel is a self-confident return to form-- sharp, solid and, though Costello should have nothing to prove-- completely relevant.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/c/costello_elvis/when-i-was-cruel.shtml   (606 words)

 TrouserPress.com :: Elvis Costello
Elvis gained confidence from the addition of an outstanding permanent backing band: Bruce Thomas on bass, Pete Thomas (no relation) on drums and Steve Nieve, whose piano and organ, rather than Elvis' guitar, generally fill in melodies.
Elvis was bound to goof eventually, and Almost Blue is a dud.
Costello bills himself as The Beloved Entertainer — stuffed and mounted — on the front cover of Spike, his first new album since Blood and Chocolate.
www.trouserpress.com /entry.php?a=elvis_costello   (3837 words)

 The Elvis Costello Home Page - The Elvis Costello Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Widely regarded as one of the most respected singer/songwriters in rock and pop, Elvis Costello was instrumental in pioneering the pop video in its early days, most of which became regular viewing on MTV and other noted music television channels.
Costello's witty and lively explanations provide insights into where, why and how the videos were created.
Costello returns to his musical roots, leaving cozy comfort of theater-sized venues and stages sweaty club in Memphis, Tennessee for a set that rolls his best songs from his 27-year career.
www.elviscostello.info   (1728 words)

 Elvis Costello
Costello's impressive debut, packed with catchy tunes that remain classics: the aching "Alison," the ultra-cool "Less Than Zero," the frenetic "Mystery Dance," and the dreamy "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes." The backing band here is a local group of Elvis' acquaintance called Clover.
Costello's mastery of dynamics, melody, and arrangement had reached a peak, and there isn't one loser in the whole pile of eleven songs.
Costello was still sticking with the Attractions at this date, but he had again switched producers.
www.warr.org /costello.html   (3372 words)

 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Costello to tour with orchestras
Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello is teaming up with American symphony orchestras for a US concert tour.
Costello will perform his full-length orchestral work Il Sogno - which combines classical and jazz styles - during the first half of the concert.
Costello, 51, scored his biggest UK hits with songs including Oliver's Army and I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/4592566.stm   (258 words)

 Arts Unlimited | Arts news | Elvis Costello to write opera about Hans Christian Andersen
Photo: PA Elvis Costello has made a career out of confounding his fans.
Costello is preparing to write a piece of lyric theatre based on the life of Hans Christian Andersen.
Costello has in his time curated the South Bank festival Meltdown, and in 2000 took to the stage at the Hoxton New Music Days in London to do a surprise turn with the contemporary classical group the Composers' Ensemble.
arts.guardian.co.uk /news/story/0,11711,1399361,00.html   (687 words)

 Elvis Costello - The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - at Rhino
Elvis Costello (born Declan MacManus in London, August 25, 1954) kicked off his career in 1977 with his classic debut album, My Aim Is True.
Previously only available as a European import, The Very Best Of Elvis Costello is the first collection to cover his entire career (that is, up through 1999 at least), and, quite frankly, we here at Rhino couldn’t be any prouder to make this 2-CD set available in America for the first time.
Not only does it feature all of Elvis’ U.S. and U.K. hits, but two songs that have never appeared on a Costello album before: “She” (from Notting Hill) and “That Day Is Done” (with The Fairfield Four).
www.rhino.com /store/ProductDetail.lasso?Number=76652   (571 words)

 Elvis Costello Tickets - Purchase Elvis Costello Tickets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elvis Costello is the stage name of self-taught songwriter Declan MacManus.
In addition, Costello has written with his wife Cait O'Riordan, Paul McCartney and Richard Harvey, with whom he collaborated on the BAFTA award-winning score for Alan Bleasdale's British television series G.B.H. He has recently worked with Richard again on the score of Alan Bleasdale's acclaimed series Jake's Progress.
Elvis Costello gives his songbook a makeover on his latest tour, backed by a different symphony in each town.
www.ticketbulldog.com /feature.asp?eid=273&event=   (1034 words)

 Rolling Stone : Elvis Costello Gets Classical
Elvis Costello and longtime keyboardist Steve Nieve are set to team up with various symphonies across the U.S., beginning with the San Francisco Symphony on March 27th, for a string of dates.
Costello and Nieve will collaborate with the Houston Symphony, the Boston Pops and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, among others, and the tour's opening night will benefit the San Francisco Symphony musicians' pension fund.
In addition, Elvis Costello is set to release My Flame Burns Blue, a live CD featuring the fifty-two-piece Dutch jazz orchestra Metropole Orkest in concert at the Hague, the Netherlands, on February 28th.
www.rollingstone.com /news/story/9100619/elvis_costello_gets_classical   (361 words)

 Elvis Costello   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
ELVIS COSTELLO & ALLEN TOUSSAINT ON Spirited and Soulful Album 'The River in Reverse' Set For June 6 Release on Verve Forecast
Elvis Costello's new album of ballads, 'North,' will be released by Deutsche Grammophon on September 23.
Costello recently told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, "The songs came to me and I didn't have any choice but to write them down." Read the full interview here....
www.shorefire.com /artists/ecostello   (442 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: The Very Best of Elvis Costello: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
I rate Costello as one of the greatest songwriters and performers of the last fifty years and almost all of his records offer something special to the listener.
Such a thing is important when we're dealing with an artist as prolific and idiosyncratic as Costello, especially as it gives new fans the chance to par-take of lesser-known songs alongside the bigger hits, acting as both a great introduction to the artist and as a retrospective analysis of their career.
You will be treated to the highlights of Elvis Costello's wildly varied and brilliant musical career, even if many other lesser known highlights are omitted in favour of his most successful and popular tunes.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00001ZTYY   (1435 words)

 Elvis Costello >> Aversion.com
With a continually developing sound, Elvis Costello's sound ranges from the classic pop sounds of his early albums to adult-oriented rock, utilizing string quartets and other nontraditional instrumentation.
Costello's early work, originally viewed as punk because his emergence onto the music scene coincided with the genre's rise, would prefigure indie pop acts and serve as an inspiration for many later indie rockers such as the Posies and the Smiths.
Elvis Costello's NPR Appearance Released Jun 09, 2005
www.aversion.com /bands/costello   (237 words)

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