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He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement that emerged in the mid-to-late s. Shortly after Папины дочки - Uma2rmaH* - Коллекция Легендарных Песен it, he formed the Attractions as his backing band.
His second album This Year's Model was released inand was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums Indian Fig - Bob Callaghan - Instrumental Moog Synthesizer to His third album Armed Forces was released inand features his highest-charting single, " Oliver's Army " number 2 in the UK.
Costello and the Attractions toured and recorded together for the better part of a decade, though differences between them caused a split by Much of Costello's work since has been as a solo artist, though reunions with members of the Attractions have been credited to the group over the years.
Costello's lyrics employ a wide vocabulary and frequent wordplay. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image".
Costello lived in Twickenhamattending both St. Inthe year-old Costello moved with his mother to Birkenhead — not far from Miles Mode - Coltrane* - The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings Party Girl - Elvis Costello & The Atractions* - Armed Forces city of Liverpool — where he formed his first band, a folk duo called "Rusty", with Allan Mayes.
Francis Xavier's College in Liverpool, Costello worked at a number of office jobs to support himself, most famously at Elizabeth Ardenwhere he was employed as a data entry clerk.
He also worked for a short period as a computer operator at the Midland Bank computer centre in Bootle. He moved back to London inwhere he formed a pub rock band called "Flip City",  who were active from until early Costello's first broadcast recording was with his father in a television commercial for R.
His father sang the song, and Costello sang backing vocals; the advertisement won a silver award at the International Advertising Festival. He was signed in to independent label Stiff Records on the basis of The Salsoul Orchestra - Nice N Naasty / Nightcrawler demo tape.
His manager at Stiff, Jake Rivierasuggested that the singer, then calling himself D. Costello, start using the first name Elvis. Four months later, his debut album, My Aim Is Truewas released to moderate commercial success No.
Costello failed to chart with his early singles, which included "Less Than Zero" and the ballad "Alison". Stiff's records were initially distributed only in the UK, which meant that Costello's first album and singles were available in the US as imports only.
In an attempt to change this, Costello was arrested for busking outside a London convention of CBS Records executives, protesting that no US record company had yet seen fit to release his records in the United States. The backing for Costello's debut album was provided by American West Coast band Clovera country outfit living in England whose members would later go on to join Huey Lewis and the News and the Doobie Brothers.
Costello released his first major hit single, " Watching the Detectives ", which was recorded with Steve NieveSteve Goulding drums Party Girl - Elvis Costello & The Atractions* - Armed Forces Andrew Bodnar bass —the latter two being members of Graham Parker 's backing band the Rumour. The song, added to the U. Later inCostello formed his own permanent backing band, the Attractionsconsisting of Steve Nieve pianoBruce Thomas bass guitarand Pete Thomas drums; unrelated to Bruce Thomas.
His U. The Attractions' first tour of Australia in December was notable for a controversial performance at Sydney's Regent Theatre when, angered by the group's failure to perform an encore after their brief minute set, audience members destroyed some of the seating. A tour of the U. Inhe released his third album Armed Forces originally to have been titled Emotional Fascism Amazing Grace - André Rieu - Live (DVD),  a phrase that appeared on the album's inner sleeve.
Both the album and the single " Oliver's Army " went to No. Costello also found time in to produce the debut album of the 2 Tone ska revival band the Specials and worked as a backing vocalist on This Is Your Lifean album by new wave band Twist. Costello's standing in the U. According to Costello, "it became necessary for me to outrage these people with about the most obnoxious and offensive remarks that I could muster. Costello writes that some time after the incident he had declined an offer to meet Charles out of guilt and embarrassment, though Charles himself had forgiven Costello, saying "Drunken talk isn't meant to be printed in the paper.
In an interview with Questlove drummer for the Rootswhom Costello collaborated with inhe addressed the controversy, stating: "It's upsetting because I can't explain how I even got to think you could be funny about something like that", and further elaborating with, "I'm sorry. You know? It's about time I said it out loud. Costello is also an avid country music fan and has cited George Jones as his favourite country singer.
The soul-infused Get Happy!! It also marked a distinct change in mood from the angry, frustrated tone of his first three albums to a more upbeat, happy manner.
Lyrically, the songs are full of Costello's signature word play, to the point that he later felt he had become something of a self-parody and toned it down on later releases; he has mockingly described himself in interviews as "rock and roll's Scrabble champion". In the U. Costello also co-produced Squeeze's popular album East Side Story with Roger Bechirian and performed backing vocals on the group's hit "Tempted".
The album, which received mixed reviews,  was a tribute to the country music that Costello had grown up listening to, especially George Jones. Imperial Bedroom had a much darker sound, due in part to the lavish production of Geoff Emerickfamed for engineering several Beatles records.
It remains one of his most critically acclaimed records, but again it failed to produce any hit singles. Costello has said he disliked the marketing pitch for the album.
Imperial Bedroom also features Costello's song " Almost Blue ", inspired by the music of jazz singer and trumpeter Chet Bakerwho would later perform and record a version of the song on Chet Baker in Tokyo. Inhe released Punch the Clockfeaturing female backing vocal duo Afrodiziak and a four-piece horn section the TKO Hornsalongside the Attractions. Clive Langer who co-produced with Alan Winstanleyprovided Costello with a melody which eventually became " Shipbuilding ", which featured a trumpet solo by Baker.
Under the pseudonym The Imposter, Costello released "Pills and Soap", an attack on the changes in British society brought on by Thatcherismreleased to coincide with the run-up to the UK general election. Punch the Clock also generated an international hit in the single " Everyday I Write the Book ", aided by a music video featuring lookalikes of the Prince Tides - Hiccup - Imaginary Enemies and Princess Diana undergoing domestic strife in a suburban home.
The song became Costello's first Top 40 hit single in the U. Tensions within the band — notably between Costello and bassist Bruce Thomas — were beginning to tell, and Costello announced his retirement and the break-up of the group shortly before they were to record Goodbye Deathbringer - Tepheret - Sulphur Storm World Costello would later say of this record that they had "got it as wrong as you can in terms of the execution".
The record was poorly received upon its initial release; the liner notes to the Rykodisc re-release, penned by Costello, begin with the words "Congratulations!
My Old Kentucky Home - Mantovani And His Orchestra - The American Scene just purchased our worst album". The event was overrunning and Costello was asked to "ditch the band". Costello introduced the song as an "old northern English folk song", and the audience was invited Party Girl - Elvis Costello & The Atractions* - Armed Forces sing the chorus.
Growing antipathy between Costello and Bruce Thomas contributed to the Attractions' first split in when Costello was preparing to make a comeback. Working in the U. Around this time he legally changed his name back to Declan MacManus, adding Aloysius as an extra middle name. Costello retooled his upcoming tour to allow for multiple nights in each city, playing one night with the Confederates, one night with the Attractions, and one night solo acoustic.
In Mayhe performed at Self Aida benefit concert held in Dublin that focused on the chronic unemployment which was widespread in Ireland at that time. Later that year, Costello returned to the studio with the Attractions and recorded Blood and Chocolatewhich was lauded for a post-punk fervour not heard since 's This Year's Model. It also marked the return of producer Nick Lowewho had produced Costello's first five albums.
While Blood and Chocolate failed to chart a hit single of any significance, it did produce what has since become one of Costello's signature concert songs, "I Want You. Costello would continue to work with Attraction Pete Thomas as a session musician for future releases. In he released compilation album, Out of Our Idiot on his U. He signed a new contract with Warner Bros.
He also co-composed and co-produced, with Richard Harveythe title and incidental music for Party Girl - Elvis Costello & The Atractions* - Armed Forces mini-series G. InCostello experimented with classical music with a critically acclaimed collaboration with the Brodsky Quartet   on The Juliet Letters.
During this period, he wrote a full album's worth of Party Girl - Elvis Costello & The Atractions* - Armed Forces for Wendy Jamesand these songs became the tracks on her solo album Now Ain't the Time for Your Tears. Costello returned to rock and roll the following year with a project that reunited him with the Attractions, Brutal Youth. Inhe released Kojak Varietyan album of cover songs recorded five years earlier, and followed in with an album of songs originally written for other artists, All This Useless Beauty.
This was the final album of original Party Girl - Elvis Costello & The Atractions* - Armed Forces that he issued under his Warner Bros. In Party Girl - Elvis Costello & The Atractions* - Armed Forces spring ofCostello played a series of intimate club dates, backed only by Steve Nieve on the piano, in support of All This Useless Beauty.
An ensuing summer and fall tour with the Attractions proved to be the death knell for the band. With relations between Costello and bassist Bruce Thomas at a breaking point, Costello Party Girl - Elvis Costello & The Atractions* - Armed Forces that the current tour would be the Attractions' last.
The quartet performed their final U. Costello would still continue to work frequently with Attractions Steve Nieve and Pete Thomas; eventually, both would be members of Costello's new back-up band, The Imposters. To fulfill his contractual obligations to Warner Bros. In the intervening period, Costello had served as artistic chair for the Meltdown Festivalwhich gave him the opportunity to explore his increasingly eclectic musical interests.
His involvement in the festival yielded a one-off live EP with jazz guitarist Bill Frisellwhich featured both cover material and a few of his own songs. InCostello signed a multi-label contract with Polygram Recordssold by its parent company the same year to become part of the Universal Music Group. Costello released his new work on what he deemed the suitable imprimatur within the family of labels. His first new release as part of this contract involved a collaboration with Burt Bacharach.
This led the pair to write and record the critically acclaimed album Painted From Memoryreleased under his new contract inon the Mercury Records label, featuring songs that were largely inspired by the dissolution of his marriage to Cait O'Riordan.
Costello and Bacharach performed several concerts with a full orchestral backing, and Party Girl - Elvis Costello & The Atractions* - Armed Forces recorded an updated version of Bacharach's " I'll Never Fall in Love Again " for the soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Mewith both appearing in the film to perform the song.
The soundtrack won a Grammy in InCostello contributed a version of " She ", released in by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmerfor the soundtrack of the film Notting Hillwith Trevor Jones producing. For the 25th anniversary of Saturday Night LiveCostello was invited to the programme, where he re-enacted his abrupt song-switch: This time, however, he interrupted the Beastie Boys ' "Sabotage", and they acted as his backing group for "Radio Radio". From toCostello re-issued his back catalog in the U.
These releases, which each contained second discs of bonus material, ultimately fell out of print by after Universal Music Junkie - Poe - Hello the rights to Costello's catalog.
Universal subsequently released new deluxe editions of My Aim Is True and This Year's Model with new bonus material of full-length concerts from the time of each A Flaubert - various - folk revival release.
These deluxe editions also fell out of print and Universal has reverted to re-releasing Costello's pre albums in their original context without bonus material. He produced and appeared on an album of pop songs for the classical singer Anne Sofie von Otter. He released the album When I Was Cruel in on Island Recordsand toured with a new band, the Imposters essentially the Attractions but with a different bass player, Davey Faragherformerly of Cracker.
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