Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello came on August 25, 1954 as Declan Patrick MacManus in Paddington, London to the world. Birth name of his mother: Mary Costello. Declan Patrick MacManus grew up in Twickenham and went in the neighboring district Hounslow to a Catholic school. Together with his musical father he sang as a child in a TV commercial for lemonade ( "I'm A Secret Lemonade Drinker"). His parents separated, and Declan Patrick moved in 1971 with his mother's rural Birkenhead near Liverpool. There he had his first band, the folk duo Rusty. After school, he returned to London, where he founded the pub rock band Flip City. In order to keep above water, Costello made a number of office jobs: the Office of the cosmetics company Elizabeth Arden or in the Midland Bank. Jobs that so inspired some ironic text line of his first songs. In a demonstration towards the independent label Stiff Records signed him. His manager there, Jake Riviera, Persuaded Costello to add itself to the stage name Elvis. A short time later appeared Costello's debut album, "My Aim Is True".

The album was a moderate hit, entered the British Top 20th On "My Aim Is True" Costello accompanied the American West Coast band Clover Country (whose members in London lived a short time they played with Huey Lewis). Then Costello recruited his own band the Attractions with Steve Nieve (piano), Bruce Thomas (bass) and Pete Thomas (drums). Together they played a Costello's first big hit "Watching The Detectives". The Sturm und Drang of those years reflected Costello's second LP "This Year's Model" (our review of it here). 1979 broke Costello commercially really. First reached that produced by Nick Lowe "Armed Forces" LP, the # 2 in the UK and # 10 in the U.S.A.. He also produced the untitled debut album of 2Tone band The Specials (later The Special AKA) - a top 5 success in England.
By the 1980s, Costello other musical genres turned to. Soul on "Get Happy". Pop on "Trust". Country on "Almost Blue". Roots Rock On 'Blood Chocolate "and" King Of America "His English audience was irritated by the country nostalgia Costello (after all, he took" Almost Blue "in 1981, long before the alt-country revival of the later 1990s on). So that an irate Costello of English Albumersion following stickers let stick: "WARNING: this album contains country western music and may cause offense to narrow minded listeners ". angrier was Costelllo when the American country singer George Jones shortly thereafter with his version of Jerry Chestnuts" landed Goodyear For The Roses "at No. 6 of the UK singles chart - the song namely on "Almost blue".

A truly baroque temperament dominated Costello episode record "Imperial Bedroom", it is the production of Geoff Emerick, the sound engineer of the Beatles owed. The jazz trumpeter and singer Chet Baker took before his death a version of Costello's title track on this album. Criticism is celebrated, the audience did not take it on. Mid 80s to Costello put on "Punch The Clock" with Mrs. Thatcher and the British monarchy and sang at "Live Aid". Costello befriended even then with producer T-Bone Burnett. He also produced the album "Rum, Sodomy and the Lash" Irish punk folk band The Pogues.

1993 described Costello with the Brodsky String Quartet rehearsed the art song collection "The Juliet Letters" a new radical and controversial change of direction. He found immediately to Rock'n'Roll back. In 1996, after a tour of the album "All This Useless Beauty", his backing band The Attractions disbanded. A time of various collaborations began. Besides Bill Frisell opera singer Anne Sofie von Otter made an album with Costello. "For The Stars" was released by the classical label German Grammofon. Costello's new backing band The Imposters was essentially The Attractions, but with a different bass player: Davey Faragher of crackers. 2003, however, were Elvis Costello The Attractions introduced into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, Costello had more and more profiled as a songwriter for others. The written with Burnett "Scarlet Tide" from the movie "Cold Mountain" (sung by Alison Krauss) is nominated for a Grammy. Costello wrote a good portion of the material from Krall's 2004 album "The Girl In The Other Room" - the largest current chart success of the jazz pianist and singer. Shortly after his ballet "Il Sogno", which reached # 1 on the classical charts, Costello returned to the blues album "The Delivery man" on the US Roots Rock Label Lost Highway to Blues back. Together with the funk legend Allen Toussaint processed the songwriter the shock of Hurricane Katrina disaster on album "The River in Reverse", it was published in 2006 in New York cult jazz label Verve. In April 2008, published Costello - only on vinyl and as a digital download - his album "Momofuku". Previously, the artist regarded as controversial was announced, Ever never bring back an album because "each with an MP3 player, the order of the songs change" could. "When I play live, will not do, so I will only occur in the future." In a later interview recanted the London these statements. 2010 will be now appears his new album National Ransom.

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