A new feature where we spotlight our favourite ten songs from certain legendary artists. We thought it appropriate to begin with one of the top songwriters of his generation, Elvis Costello. Bearing in mind that we are of the view that there is really no such thing as a ‘bad’ Costello song, we selected these songs on the following bases.
First, these are the ones we would usually go back to from those particular albums & second, we limited the selection to one song from one album. It’s clear that the emphasis is very much on the 80s – when Costello was in our opinion, in his peak years.
Man Out of Time (Imperial Bedroom, 1982)
Alison (My Aim is True, 1977)
Oliver’s Army (Armed Forces, 1979)
Motel Matches (Get Happy, 1980)
New Lace Sleeves (Trust, 1981)
Charm School (Punch the Clock, 1983)
Inch by Inch (Goodbye Cruel World, 1984)
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror (Spike, 1989)
So Like Candy (Mighty Like the Rose, 1991)
Brilliant Mistake (King of America, 1986)
Watch & listen:
… still there’s more …