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Elvis Costello:Mystery Dance

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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by FowPah (U1746998) on Thursday, 7th November 2013

    BBC4 tomorrow 9pm.Looking forward to this as a long time fan.It covers his career, songwriting and music.Always worth listening to.

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    Posted by FowPah (U1746998) on Thursday, 7th November 2013

    Guess it's just me in the fan club then smiley - erm

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    Posted by wolfie (U15842015) on Thursday, 7th November 2013

    Looks like its only you in olivers army.

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    Posted by GZ (U5310554) on Thursday, 7th November 2013

    I very much like some of Elvis Costello's music - although I find it a bit uneven, perhaps because he is so prolific in his output and tries to tap into so many different genres. Both to his credit, though maybe trying to be all things to all people means you dont really develop that singular core audience.

    And it may be completely off the mark - but he comes across as being something of an unpleasant bloke. Like I said that might be completely wrong, but he comes across as disagreeable and moody. Not unlike Prince, another rather genius like musician, singer songwriter who its hard to like because he seems like such a jerk.

    I dont really care much for grumpy musicians, even when I might really like some of their material.

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Thursday, 7th November 2013

    It's not on until tomorrow, FowPah - give us a chance!

    I'm a big Costello fan.
    I think "This Year's Model" is, just about, the best Brit rock album ever made.
    And I'm probably in a very small minority in thinking that "King Of America" is his other masterpiece.

    I take GZ's point:
    There have been so many collaborations over the years that he has spread his talent a wee bit thin.

    As for GZ's other point (his grumpiness)...
    It's hard for me to counter that without sounding like name-dropping but...

    I know Elvis a wee bit. He comes here to Dublin a lot, and we first met when we were both in London.
    In more relaxed situations he's really not as moody as he sometimes appears to be; and certainly not "disagreeable".

    He can certainly knock back the Bushmills; but then so can I!

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    Posted by GZ (U5310554) on Thursday, 7th November 2013

    Thanks MAY-DAY its really good to know that in person he is a nice guy.

    Not all musicians, actors, what have you are comfortable when not in their "element".

    We see people all the time on these message boards talking about how actors are dull, grumpy, seem disinterested when guesting on chit chat shows.

    They might be wonderful, warm, friendly guys with their families, mates, colleagues, but just dont really feel comfortable on chit chat shows.

    Same goes for musicians. EC as you say can be a great guy in person, but when he is a guest on a show much prefers to let his music do his talking, rather than sit down and do a cliche interview. smiley - smiley smiley - ok

    I'll stick by my guns though that Prince is something of an arse, that has been pretty much confirmed by everyone. smiley - laugh

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    Posted by FowPah (U1746998) on Friday, 8th November 2013

    I don't think EC is comfortable with strangers.And there is no one as strange as me smiley - smiley

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    Posted by tubby backgammon (U14589324) on Friday, 8th November 2013

    I don't think Prince is an a***. When he did the rsidency at The O2 a few years back, he only charged just over £30 a ticket. And a copy of his latest CD. If anyone has seen him in concert, they would know that he gives everything.

    I'm looking forward to Elvis C tonight. I might even have a Bushmills or three.

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Friday, 8th November 2013

    I bet GZ remembers the Larry Sanders episode where Costello gets in a moody strop and trashes the dressing room!

    In the mid-80s I was at the Camden Palace nightclub one night.
    Prince had just come offstage somewhere in London; walked into the Palace and treated us to a whole new 60-min set, for free!

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    Posted by Baldinio (U2012448) on Friday, 8th November 2013

    If you watch EC's show on SKY Arts I think you'll see he comes across as quite a humble guy in the company of other musicians. He is also very honest about why he might have fallen out with some people over the years, when he had Sting on he said that years ago he hated him and slagged him off in the music press purely out of jealousy.

    He still makes cracking records more than 35 years on from his debut, he has got better in the same way that Bob Dylan and Neil Young have whilst poor old Bruce Springsteen keeps recording the same album time after time (except for The Rising which hopefully, given the subject, was a one-off).

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    Posted by FowPah (U1746998) on Friday, 8th November 2013

    I like his Sky Arts show.I bet he was just being to nice to Sting.He had to back track when having Springsteen on a well.He is the self styled Mouth Almighty.

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    Posted by Baldinio (U2012448) on Friday, 8th November 2013

    I like his Sky Arts show.I bet he was just being to nice to Sting.He had to back track when having Springsteen on a well.He is the self styled Mouth Almighty. 

    If this was the old Radio 2 (or even Radio 5) board we could spend all Friday afternoon including Elvis lyrics into posts, but keep your finger on important issues, with crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues.

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    Posted by FowPah (U1746998) on Friday, 8th November 2013

    I like his Sky Arts show.I bet he was just being to nice to Sting.He had to back track when having Springsteen on a well.He is the self styled Mouth Almighty. 

    If this was the old Radio 2 (or even Radio 5) board we could spend all Friday afternoon including Elvis lyrics into posts, but keep your finger on important issues, with crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues. 
    That's Just a Memory.

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    Posted by tubby backgammon (U14589324) on Friday, 8th November 2013

    .He had to back track when having Springsteen on a well.  Accidents will happen.

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    Posted by ashleyhr (U14203741) on Friday, 8th November 2013

    Yes, I've chosen Elvis Costello over that other Elvis bloke whose songs are on ITV this evening.

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    Posted by ashleyhr (U14203741) on Friday, 8th November 2013

    I'm beginning to regret my choice however.

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    Posted by FowPah (U1746998) on Saturday, 9th November 2013

    I loved it but I am biased.It was an affectionate tribute to one of the great modern songwriters.

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    Posted by alan997 (U1233723) on Saturday, 9th November 2013

    I enjoyed it, and it put an interesting context on some of his stuff that I've never got along with - the more discordant Bronski stuff, eg.

    I was sorry not to hear the story I was once told about his first audition with Stiff, where this geeky snaggle-toothed waif turned up and they all thought 'ey-up'... and then he started singing one amazing song after another. So they seriously engaged with the challenge of turning *this* into something marketable, coming up with a name of absurd audacity, and a pair of Buddy Holly specs, hoping something unique and 'spirit of the times' would emerge from the clash of two such 'inappropriate' pieces of rock 'n roll iconography.

    Such a good story..but now I'm left suspecting it's stuff 'n nonsense.

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Sunday, 10th November 2013

    Enjoyable programme; but he's too important and prolific for a 60min doc to be satisfactory.
    He merited a two-parter, at least.

    I wonder if it was a coincidence that, in some of the present-day interviews, he was wearing the same shirt he wears on the cover of "This Year's Model"?

    PS:
    His dad was the spitting image, wasn't he?

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  • Message 20

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    Posted by FowPah (U1746998) on Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    Yes it was a bit spooky watching him sing with Joe Loss.

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    Posted by aviddiva (U13145965) on Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    I bet GZ remembers the Larry Sanders episode where Costello gets in a moody strop and trashes the dressing room!

    In the mid-80s I was at the Camden Palace nightclub one night.
    Prince had just come offstage somewhere in London; walked into the Palace and treated us to a whole new 60-min set, for free! 
    And the Two & A Half Men episode where Charlie had the men's meeting!

    Costello was smoking like a chimney.

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    Posted by aviddiva (U13145965) on Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    Yes it was a bit spooky watching him sing with Joe Loss.  I wanted them to show the lemonade commercial Ross McManus sang on - he was the absolute spit of Costello, and I was convinced it was him coming down the stairs on this rather than Julian Joy-Chagrin who appeared in the ad.

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  • Message 23

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    Posted by aviddiva (U13145965) on Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    I enjoyed it, and it put an interesting context on some of his stuff that I've never got along with - the more discordant Bronski stuff, eg.

    I was sorry not to hear the story I was once told about his first audition with Stiff, where this geeky snaggle-toothed waif turned up and they all thought 'ey-up'... and then he started singing one amazing song after another. So they seriously engaged with the challenge of turning *this* into something marketable, coming up with a name of absurd audacity, and a pair of Buddy Holly specs, hoping something unique and 'spirit of the times' would emerge from the clash of two such 'inappropriate' pieces of rock 'n roll iconography.

    Such a good story..but now I'm left suspecting it's stuff 'n nonsense. 
    Brodsky Quartet, not Bronski. Though it does make me imagine him collaborating with Bronski Beat!

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    Posted by aviddiva (U13145965) on Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    I like his Sky Arts show.I bet he was just being to nice to Sting.He had to back track when having Springsteen on a well.He is the self styled Mouth Almighty. 

    If this was the old Radio 2 (or even Radio 5) board we could spend all Friday afternoon including Elvis lyrics into posts, but keep your finger on important issues, with crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues. 
    Alan Partridge inserted 'Clowntime is over' into his introduction of the Cirque Des Clunes on the Paris episode of Knowing Me Knowing You (repeated on GOLD)!

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    Posted by FowPah (U1746998) on Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    Yes it was a bit spooky watching him sing with Joe Loss.  I wanted them to show the lemonade commercial Ross McManus sang on - he was the absolute spit of Costello, and I was convinced it was him coming down the stairs on this rather than Julian Joy-Chagrin who appeared in the ad.  Both father and son sang on that commercial I believe.

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  • Message 26

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    Yep - Elvis on drums and backing vocals.

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