As I mentioned on his birthday earlier this week, Elvis Costello entered my life with a bag and has hung around ever since. I do admit that I find his earlier work superior, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at his transcendence from faux angry young man to elder statesman. Not that I don’t punch a hole through the ceiling anytime I hear “Radio Radio“…
And for a man who once called Ray Charles a “blind ignorant nigger” in a drunken stupor, I think his track record has borne out that he’s a musical historian who is truly color blind.
As with many good artists, listing ten great songs – or even albums for some – is going to leave something out. But these weekly lists aren’t meant to be the definitive inclusive barometers of taste. Sometimes they’re just ten great things. Today, that is most certainly the case.
So as you prepare to enjoy your weekend, may I offer Ten Classic Costello Cuts for your dining and dancing pleasure? And my God, if you have any doubt that Elvis is King, please play clip number one…
01) “What’s So Funny ’bout Peace Love and Understanding?” Seeing double lately?
02) “High Fidelity” Some things you never get used to
03) “No Action” Every time I phone you I just want to put you down
04) “Everyday I Write The Book” When your dreamboat turns out to be a footnote.
05) “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” The vow that we made, you broke it in two.
06) “Pump It Up“ She’s been a bad girl, she’s like a chemical
07) “Oliver’s Army” No there’s no danger, it’s a professional career
08) “Watching The Detectives” She looks so good that he gets down and begs
09) “Veronica” Did you wake from your dream with a wolf at the door
10) “Alison”…segueing into “Suspicious Minds“! I heard you let that little friend of mine take off your party dress