A couple of rather good recent WTF podcasts, one with Elvis Costello and another with Steve Albini which were both very interesting. Shame they weren’t longer really.The ones with James Taylor, Peaches and John Mayall are worth a listen too.
I’m currently reading the Elvis Costello autobiography and there’s a chapter dedicated to the young Declan’s first faltering steps as a live performer. He describes the folk clubs and pubs who allowed virtually anyone to get up and perform. These days I suppose we’d call them “Open Mic Nights” but back then they weren’t really a feature so much as a way to fill the gaps between the main (ie paid) performers. Sometimes the floor singers were pretty good, often they were terrible, but mostly they were simply dull.
Folk clubs were the natural habit of the floor singer of course and this reminded me of the times I spent at arguably the most famous folk club of them all, Les Cousins.
Come with me now as we travel back in time to a more innocent age….
What’s the matter with y’all? The Costello autobio has been available for 16 hours and not a word about it so far.
There’s a Kindle sample up.
It looks proper interesting like (despite a couple of copy-editing howlers, but that’s standard practice for rock ‘n’ pop ‘n’ rollers’ memoirs, it seems).
Produced by Steve Van Zandt and written by Elvis Costello, this is the first single from the new album from Darlene Love. The album also contains anothe EC song and a couple by Bruce Springsteen. The video is packed with stars and is a hoot. The song is an absolute ear worm and Ms Love can still belt out a lyric.
I just saw that Billy Sherrill, who produced Elvis Costello’s Almost Blue, has passed away.
As a somewhat love-sick 17 year old, I was very taken with Mr Costello’s version of Sweet Dreams. As I recall, the single had a cover of Jack Kittel’s Psycho on the B-side. I liked that too, but not because I was love-sick.
Almost Blue was my gateway to Patsy Cline and Gram Parsons and it is still one of my favourite Elvis Costello albums. There’s a documentary (Edit: I see it’s the South Bank Show) about the making of Almost Blue, which I remember as being good. I see it’s on YouTube, so that’s my next hour sorted.
Billy Sherrill also co-wrote Stand By Your Man. I find Tammy Wynette’s version a bit cloying, but I like Lyle Lovett’s. I was going to pop that in here too, but I don’t know if I can, so I will (try to) be the first to comment on my own post and put it there.
I was going to write a diatribe against religious zealots that seem only content when they are killing those who don’t share their fairytales about invisible Dads etc. Yet after a day of horrific news I was moved to tears by this wonderful Nick Lowe lyric at Elvis C’s Basingstoke show last night. It replaced the angry ranting John Lydon screaming PIL’s ‘Religion’ in my head.
Maybe the upswing of vinyl has to do with that tactile and beauty of album artwork. Which are your favourites and most inventive ones?
This is one of mine (unsurprisingly) from the great Barney Bubbles
This October, The Emotional Toothpaste himself releases his (first) memoir/autobiography. Can’t wait. Make sure it’ll fit your stocking, pop-pickers and brace yourself for “Everyday He Writes The Book”-style headlines.
Elvis Costello is on his solo touring of the US tip once more and washed up in Alabama. So he decided to roll out a Dylan cover
Haven’t read it yet, I’m on the dog, but a few talking points here, I’ll be bound.
I’m moving office which has lead to me moving some CDs, which has obviously lead to a lot of listening to things I’d forgotten. One I’d not quite forgotten is Brutal Youth by Elvis Costello. I still have not got round to listening to it though. I bought it because I saw them play 13 steps lead down on TV and thought it sounded good, but obviously not good enough for me to listen to the thing. As I load it into Itunes I realise I have had it for 20 years (since 1994) without playing it. Is this a record? (no, a record is the black vinyl thing, boom tish).