Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Mary Burgoyne. Elvis married her in 1974 and the marriage ended about 10 years later. He had a son, Matthew, from that first marriage.
|Which two Aimee Mann or Til Tuesday songs were cowritten by Elvis Costello?||Elvis Costello
The Fall of the World's Own Optimist and The Other End of the Telescope (Red Vines and David Denies, The Other End of the Telescope and Voices Carry, The Fall of the World's Own Optimist and Love In A Vaccuum). The Other End of the Telescope was written for the Til Tuesday album 'Everything's Different Now' with Elvis doing backing Vocals. 'The Fall of the World's Own Optimist' appears on Aimee's album Bachelor no 5. Costello re-recorded Telescope for his 1996 album 'All This Useless Beauty'.
Steve Naive . Steve Naive, born Steve Mason, was the piano and keyboard Genius behind most of the imaginative lines during the attractions years. He currently is the only member of the Attractions that Costello still plays with, having done numerous Piano and Guitar concert tours during the late 1990's. Another bit of Trivia, Steve has used numerous names while with the Attractions. A few of the more interesting ones were Maurice Worm (Goodbye Cruel World) and Steve Hart (Trust).
|Which Rock and Roll singer did EC write the song 'Temptation' about after seeing him in concert in the late 70s?||Elvis Costello
Bruce Springsteen. EC revealed during the taping of VH1's 'Storytellers' segment that he wrote this song about Bruce Springsteen after seeing him in Nashville in 1978. In his show at the Showbox Theatre(Seattle, May 1996) EC introduced this song by saying: 'It's really hard to fall in love with someone from row 97 ... This here song is a song I wrote in 1978 in Nashville, TN, I was in row 97 actually, at a concert by a very famous American rock singer, and I was looking at him and thinking, ' Wow, this is getting tough for this guy'. I know he's real, but it's getting like he's not allowed to be real anymore. I said 'That'll never happen to me. Fame will never go to my head .'
|What song was EC starting when he abruptly switched over to Radio Radio during an appearance on SNL?||Elvis Costello
Less Than Zero. Lorne Michaels and NBC didn't want EC to play Radio Radio because it was an anti-media song. He decided to pull a Jimi Hendrix and switch in the middle, throwing a nice curve to both of them. It was 12 years before he was allowed back on the program.
Paul McCartney. The MacManus and McCartney collaborations produced a number of songs, including McCartney's 'My Brave Face' and other tracks appearing on several future albums by both artists.
|Who Produced the albums 'Imperial Bedroom'(1983) and 'All This Useless Beauty' (1996)?||Elvis Costello
Geoff Emerick. Geoff Emerick was a sound engineer on several of the Beatles recordings back in the 60's. Imperial Bedroom was the first heavily produced album that Costello had been a part of. The layered sound of the album is often considered one of his best. They tried to recreate that magic with 1996's 'All This Useless Beauty', but Warner Brothers and internal band conflicts marred the production of that album.
Declan Patrick MacManus . Elvis Costello was born Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus. His father was bandleader Ross MacManus. Costello is his grandmother's name, he took the name Elvis as a joke. It turned out the joke was on him when Elvis Presley died about eight months after choosing that stage name.
1954. Elvis Costello was born on August 25, 1954.
|The song 'The Bridge I Burned' started out as a cover of which Prince song?||Elvis Costello
Pop Life. It started out as a cover of Pop Life, but the purple one refused permission for the recorded cover. This came about the same time as his contract was ending with Warner Brothers. He remade the tracks recorded into The Bridge I Burned, which is considered by most to be a slap at the record company that he credited with nearly destroying his career.
Bruce Thomas . Bruce Thomas was the bass player from the 1977 formation of the band until it's disbanding in 1986. Despite the fact that he wrote a very insulting tell all book about his years playing with Elvis (I believe it's called 'The Big Wheel'). Personal differences between Bruce and EC are believed to have led to the final breakup of the Attractions after the ATUB tour.
Shipbuilding. Costello met Chet Baker in a jazz club during the recording sessions for the album 'Punch The Clock'. Baker agreed to come in for a session, in which he played the touching trumpet line on Shipbuilding. When asked what he wanted to be paid, he simply said 'Scale'. Costello believes that he about doubled it.
pogues . The Pogues are an Irish band that Elvis Costello produced an early album for. He fell in love with Cait O'Riordon and later married her. She left the Band so that she could spend more time with her husband. An interesting fact, Shane MacGowan immortalized Elvis and Cait with a line in spanish in the song 'Fiesta'
7. Nick Lowe produced Costello's first five studio albums, as well as Brutal Youth and Blood and Chocolate.
|Which album was produced by legendary Nashville producer Billy Sherrill?||Elvis Costello
Almost Blue. 'Almost Blue' was recorded in 1981 during a period that had Costello pissed off at the music business in general. His infatuation with Country Music led him to Nashville, where he met Billy Sherrill. Elvis and the Attractions recorded Almost Blue in less than two weeks and scored a minor hit in the UK with 'Good Year For The Roses'.
Pete Thomas . Pete Thomas was the drummer for the Attractions until Costello disbanded the group in 1986. Thomas rejoined the Attractions when they were reformed for 1994's Brutal Youth. The Attractions were ended for the final time after the tour supporting the 1996 album 'All This Useless Beauty'.
|What band backed up Elvis Costello on his first album, 'My Aim Is True'?||Elvis Costello
Clover. Clover was Huey Lewis's original band. They happened to be around when Costello recorded MAIT during sick days and off time from his day job as a computer operator. Huey Lewis was not a part of the Mait sessions.
|And my favorite line ever: Elvis tells his love 'I'm so happy I could die'. How did she respond? Quote responsive lyric, please.||Elvis Costello, Lyrical Genius
She said drop dead then left with another guy . This is the best lyric ever in my opinion.
Grandmother. Yes, I know this is not exactly lyrical, but for a fan it's a freebie.
20 Percent Amnesia. This is another song off of the 1994 album 'Brutal Youth'.
I Still Have That Other Girl. From the "Painted from Memory" album, which was created in collaboration with Burt Bacharach.
|"They leave him half way to paradise, they leave you half way to bliss, the ladies invitation never seemed like this."?||Elvis Costello Lyrics
Clubland. From the "Trust" album, which was released in 1981 and also included "Different Finger", "Pretty Words" and "Luxembourg", amongst others.
|"Well I finally found someone to turn me upside down And nail my feet up where my head should be."?||Elvis Costello Lyrics
I'll Wear it Proudly. From the "King of America" album, which included a more Country and Western selection of songs.