Sunday, March 2, 2008


Here's a good clip of Declan Patrick MacManus, otherwise known as Elvis Costello. There are great clips of him everyone has seen, such as the SNL performance where a skinny Elvis stops a song, switches gears, and launches into a blistering "Radio, Radio," but I wanted to find something from a few years later, and came across this great live clip from 1982, off the album Imperial Bedroom.

This is a more sophisticated Elvis than his 1977 punky debut, with a fuller, almost lush back-up, and nearly Beatle-esque production values. The lyrics are Costello at his best, a soul crushed under the wheel, broken but still full of venom, nasty literate and schoolboy clever.

Cause the high heel he used to be has been ground down
And he listens for the footsteps that would follow him around

To murder my love is a crime
But will you still love
A man out of time

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