Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus, 25 August 1954) is an English singer-songwriter. He came to prominence as an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-1970s, and later became associated with the punk rock and New Wave musical genres, before establishing his own unique voice in the 1980s. Steeped in wordplay, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His work has drawn on many diverse musical genres; critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, "Costello, the pop encyclopedia, can reinvent the past in his own image".

1. "Alison" (from My Aim Is True, 1977) – 3:21
2. "Watching the Detectives" (from single, 1978) – 3:45
3. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" (from This Year's Model, 1978) – 3:07
4. "Pump It Up" (from This Year's Model, 1978) – 3:14
5. "Radio Radio" (from single, 1978) – 3:05
6. "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" (Nick Lowe) (from single, 1979) – 3:31
7. "Oliver's Army" (from Armed Forces, 1979) – 2:58
8. "Accidents Will Happen" (from Armed Forces, 1979) – 3:00
9. "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" (Homer Banks, Allen Jones) (from Get Happy!!, 1980) – 2:05
10. "New Amsterdam" (from Get Happy!!, 1980) – 2:11
11. "High Fidelity" (from Get Happy!!, 1980) – 2:26
12. "Clubland" (from Trust, 1981) – 3:42
13. "Watch Your Step" (from Trust, 1981) – 2:57
14. "Good Year for the Roses" (Jerry Chesnut) (from Almost Blue, 1981) – 3:07
15. "Beyond Belief" (from Imperial Bedroom, 1982) – 2:33
16. "Man Out of Time" (from Imperial Bedroom, 1982) – 5:26
17. "Everyday I Write the Book" (from Punch the Clock, 1983) – 3:53
18. "Shipbuilding" (from Punch the Clock, 1983) – 4:51
19. "Love Field" (from Goodbye Cruel World, 1984) – 3:26
20. "Brilliant Mistake" (from King of America, 1986) – 3:42
21. "Indoor Fireworks" (from King of America, 1986) – 4:07
22. "I Want You" (from Blood and Chocolate, 1986) – 6:40

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