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Elvis Costello Spectacle debuts tonight

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Simon_Cowbell, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    On Sundance Channel.

    Elton John, who made it happen, is his guest for debut.

    It's like James Lipton's show, if I read right, only musically inclined.

    And Elvis performs in each one.
  2. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Damn - thanks for reminding me. This instantly goes to the top of my DVR list.
  3. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Two are in the books, Elton John and Lou Reed (with a drunken, amazingly revealing visit from Reed good friend Julian Schnabel).

    Bill Clinton is Wednesday.

    What I love about the show is that the musicians are being asked probative questions by a person who is a) very intelligent, b) understands the the how of making music and c) isn't some starstruck Chris Farley Show type. Even James Lipton isn't exempt from this criticism.

    Both interviews have had moments you would never see anywhere else (Elton John explaining how lucky he was to have Bernie, and how all the "she" elements evaporated from Bernie's lyrics when Elton came out of the closet; and the usually insular Lou Reed with the emotional-piquing account of how Save The Last Dance For Me was written by Doc Pomus, and Julian Schnabel relating the story of when his dad died and he asked Lou Reed to hold his hand).

    I hope Elvis puts in a few years doing this. It is truly, in moments, a unique historical document.
  4. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Will Mr. McManus play his own show?

    Early Elvis: Awesome.

    Elvis post-1983: Meh.
  5. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Love both eras

    For a ballad, I'll put She up there near the top my short list of the best
  6. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    I've been waiting for this since it was announced.. and now I apparently no longer have the Sundance Channel. Grrrr. I'll have to find the episodes online.

    I'm a huge Elvis fan - seen him live 7 or 8 times - but I have to say, I think his work post-King of America is really hit-or-miss. "Painted From Memory" is brilliant. "Spike" is excellent. The best parts of "Mighty Like a Rose," "Brutal Youth" and "When I was Cruel" are very good. At the same time, "North" is utterly unlistenable, "The Delivery Man" has one or two good songs, and "Momofuku" sounds like it was tossed off in a day or two - which it was.

    "Get Happy!!" is on my very short list of the greatest albums ever, and "Imperial Bedroom" isn't far behind.
  7. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    I've gotta say, I may be the only person I know who loves Mighty Like a Rose nearly from start to finish, with the exception of one track.
  8. And in the studio band, Allen Toussaint!
    I want this show to last forever.
  9. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    To be fair, that's a pretty damn good album. I think you've got me beat by one; I don't like "Playboy to a Man" or "Broken," but the rest is very good. Love the guitar work in "Sweet Pear." especially.
  10. Sgt. Bilco

    Sgt. Bilco New Member

    First saw Costello in 1983. Saw him all three nights of the 'Spinning Wheel' tour in 1986 in Chicago. Believe I've seen him more than 20 times all told, though age has deprived of me of both that precise number or the energy to be concerned with how many times I've seen him. My ultimate point: to me, Costello is god, period. And so, while I can appreciate that people prefer early Elvis, I'm willing to argue that each of his last three albums contains some of the best stuff he's ever done.

    Frankly, I think Mamafukme (or whatever the fuck it's called -- my blind devotion stops at silly shit like that name) is damn near fantastic, all the more so precisely because it was churned out with all deliberate speed (and with just one 'clunker'). And I also think the Mighty Like a Rose is damn good, with, again, just one certifiably crappy song. And his take down of Bruce Thomas is right up there with Lennon's 'How Do You Sleep.'

    I think the 'willingness' to dismiss North is symptomatic of one's age. I may not be able to articulate this, but my point is this: I'm into my 40s, I have two kids, one of whom is about to be Bar Mitzva'd. Twenty five years ago, I got hammered and screamed at the top of my lungs through the 'Goodbye Cruel World' tour. I got older. I began to appreciate quieter music (though I will say that I think 'American Idiot' is one of the 25 best albums of the last 35 years and even better when the volume is at 11) and I began to appreciate maturity even more -- North came from a place rock music doesn't. It's excellent for what it is, perhaps not if you're desperate to hear 'Get Happy!' again.

    A propos of nothing and further indication of the toll that years, alcohol and drugs have taken on me: last time I saw Costello, at NJPAC. He steps in front of the mic and sings a cappella (yes, the name of the song escapes me -- shoot me). Filled the hall and was, quite simply, among the coolest fucking things I've ever seen in concert.

    Of course, I'm an easy bastard to please, so...
  11. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Is this what the show's called? I looked for it on my Tivo, and the only thing that showed up was some live Costello show. So I went to 'record by channel' and went through like a week of Sundance and never saw it.

  12. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Agree almost word for word.

    Can't wait for this show -- I'm an enormous fan. People who were here for the Seattle thing might have seen the framed picture of me with him, along with a 45 autograped by Elvis and Steve Naive.
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