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"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul


"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom


"keep a clean nose, watch the plain-clothes." -bob dylan


"keep your feet warm, but keep your clothes on." -harry nilsson


"it took me about three or four weeks to toilet train my cat, nightlife. most of the time is spent moving the box very gradually to the bathroom." -charles mingus


"think about something else. was art tatum talented?" -shoot the piano player


"she had a chihuahua named carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind." -tom waits


"he had a huge room with nothing in it except this huge vast hammond organ, right next door to the police." -david bowie


"he's got a mind like a sewer, and a heart like a fridge" -elvis costello


"you can't hold the hand of a rock 'n' roll man." -joni mitchell


"lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too – beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery" -laurie anderson


"hey there, hey now, well, you can make a pacemaker blink, easy thing, make a man's heart go bibbity boom. -john cale


"i’ve still got things inside me, sad things, happy things, that people don’t know about." -loretta lynn


"to try to maximize the relationship of listening to a record through promotion is like experiencing driving a car by reading about stimulus programs." -bonnie 'prince' billy


"after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who's gonna front the bill? me... say you want to take first-class trips, well i want to work those first-class hips. yes i do." -r. kelly


"too much cheesecake too soon! old money's better than new" -roxy music


"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed scared me to death." -brian wilson


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"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


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"i'm good and i'm bad and i'm happy and i'm sad and i'm lazy" -willie nelson


"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


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"lyrics choochoo from my mouth like locomotion." - pato banton


"i'm dealing in rock and roll. i'm not a bonafide human being." -phil spector


"phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, 'leonard, i love you.' i said, 'i hope you do, phil.'" -leonard cohen


"they’d whisper at each other and look at phil and whisper at each other. finally this lady, tanked, comes over to phil and says, 'alright, sonny, what’s your problem?' and he said, 'premature ejaculation, what’s yours?'" -tom wolfe


"i bite my nails and if that fails i go get myself stoned, but when i do i think of you and head myself back home." -gram parsons


"i would say groucho marx, to name one thing, and willie mays, and the second movement of the jupiter symphony, and louis armstrong’s recording of potatohead blues, swedish movies, naturally. sentimental education by flaubert, marlon brando, frank sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by cézanne, the crabs at sam wo’s, tracy’s face." -woody allen


"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy


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#996: elvis costello - (the angels wanna wear my) red shoes (1977)

"in greenwich, connecticut, he works out of a home library decorated with buffalo horns, a marine helmet, another one from the israeli army, two guitars he hand-painted with psychedelic swirls, and a depiction of a wolpertinger, the mythical bavarian animal. he’s talking about lebanese military history when his phone goes off. the ringtone is the opening of elvis costello’s (the angels wanna wear my) red shoes: “i used to be disgusted/and now i try to be amused.” mudd repeats the line and says he doesn’t know why he chose it for his ring. “i’m sorry, I’m not that self-examining of a person,” he says. read more in businessweek!

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(the other) elvis.

(the other) elvis.

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the king of 1978

the king of 1978

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#978: elvis costello - live at rockpalast(1978)

here’s how to spend the next 45 minutes of your life: watching elvis costello play 13 songs* from the era that followed working in an office next to a lipstick factory, printing out invoices for lady mustache waxes when he wasn’t writing songs for his first album next to an empty instant coffee tin. after that he used his my aim is true advance money to buy back the records he’d sold to pawn shops.

then came 1978, when, according to the best series of liner notes ever written, nick lowe helped him make songs that sounded like dinosaurs eating cars, so magazines put his four eyes in its rock pin-up pages. that was before his life staggered into wooziness and gas-station candy diets and racist slurs to stephen stills outside of a holiday inn in ohio.

1978 was the year elvis costello had a mullet in germany, and you should watch it all.

*mystery dance, waiting for the end of the world, lip service, two little hitlers, the beat, night rally, this year’s girl, no action, (i don’t want to go to) chelsea, lipstick vogue, watching the detectives, pump it up & you belong to me

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#883: robert wyatt - shipbuilding (1983, old grey whistle test)

guess what i’m doing tomorrow and friday? going up to my brother tom’s farm, the stonewall preserve at the center for discovery, where he lives with other disabled adults—tending to chiangus cattle, green-pasture hens, organic honeybees, plus acres of insane garlic and squash and peppers and wheat. that all goes to restaurants like the four seasons in the seagram building and, more importantly, to a new york city community supported agriculture program near you! disabled people sometimes look weird and act a little weirdly, and then sometimes they do wonderful things in ways a regular person couldn’t, like paraplegic poet-king robert wyatt singing this elvis costello war song and making it a hit in falklands-era england.

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#690: orange juice - rip it up (1982)

there’s something wonderfully and just impossibly cool about the music that was made right before i was born in november 1984. the guitars don’t only have sheen, they preen; the bass lines are pelvic; the drums cuff and snap; and the vocals, of course, were all recorded in denim jackets on chaise longues.

i’m talking about orange juice, the smiths, the monochrome set, and orchestral manoeuvres in the dark. plus lots of elvis costello and lots and lots of early r.e.m.. and some public image ltd. and talking heads/tom tom club, certain cure hits, a dabble of kraftwerk, the jonzun crew, even the late malcolm mclaren. they’re songs that make me nostalgic for something that i know deep down i never had in the first place.

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#540: elvis costello - watching the detectives and you belong to me (1979)

i’m awfully excited about my cover story in tomorrow’s observer about the sad limbo that private equity prince steven rattner has been suffering through lately. while i was writing the article, i couldn’t help but think about the incredibly slight physical resemblance between mr. rattner and elvis costello & the attractions' bassist bruce thomas. frankly, that would get me thinking about lots of costello-related topics, especially, as it happens, the time he started an all-lady new wave dance party on stage by telling the crowd, “now, we think there's rather too many tall people in the audience, so the young ladies in the audience can't see all that well. and what we want all those guys to do is move away from the front here, so all the girls can come down front.” actually, now that i think about it, the bassist and investor don't really look alike. but who's really counting.

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#522: willie nelson - mr. record man (1965)

the fact that all five of last night’s grammy rock nominees are older than 50, and that their average age, according to my calculations, is 61.4 years, would lead a reasonable viewer to conclude that young people were not interested in (or good at) making superlative rock music last year. that is wrong.

so in january 2011, instead of nominating bob dylan, john fogerty, bruce springsteen, eric clapton, steve winwood, jeff beck, stevie wonder, booker t. jones, david byrne, elvis costello, levon helm, rambin’ jack elliott, loudon wainwright iii, willie nelson and (of course) neil young for grammys again, the academy should spend some of the ceremony showing clips of these glorious veterans in their prime (see above), take a few minutes to bring everyone up to speed on what they’ve been up to lately, and then dedicate the rest of the broadcast to serious quality time with the gloriously gaga and grizzly youth of today.

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#479: elvis costello & the attractions - big sister’s clothes (1983)

even though trust isn’t as good as get happy!!, which isn’t as ferocious as this year’s model, which isn’t as pretty as almost blue, which isn’t as catchy as armed forces, which isn’t nearly as interesting as imperial bedroom, which isn’t as entirely and completely perfect as my aim is true, elvis costello’s first seven albums are all so wonderful that the least impressive one has songs that sound like carl perkins covering toots hibbert.

also, the green sweater he’s sporting here is almost better than his green shirt.

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"i used to be disgusted, and now i try to be amused." - elvis costello

"i used to be disgusted, and now i try to be amused." - elvis costello

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#449: nick lowe and rockpile - so it goes (live, 1978)

producing elvis costello’s my aim is true and this year’s model got nick lowe into heaven, producing armed forces got him into the section where there’s really good conversation, writing (what’s so funny ‘bout) peace, love and understanding earned a permanent angelic massage, which was then jeopardized when his debut solo album was named jesus of cool, which, if your an american like poor old me, you know as the worse (but not by much) title pure pop for now people. but then he got at least ten cloud foot rubs for this performance of so it goes, where he wears ringo starr’s first hair cut, elvis c.’s gap tooth and the riddler’s thin green suit while singing about international relations (hoped they listened to this at the u.n. today) and casually inventing new wave.

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#423: elvis costello - accidents will happen (1979)

who needs a-ha’s icky take on me (or for that matter max headroom, who was created by this video’s directors) when elvis costello’s late-70s wonderland had  invisibly buttered toast, smashed teacups, de stijl hourglasses, flower pots casting shadows, roy lichtenstein bathtubs, filled-up cacti, automated drum mallets, moving banana peels, footless stilettos, big derrieres on polka-dotted couches, red undies on clotheslines, falling wedges of cheese, lousy mouse tracks, sploshing ketchup bottles, speeding trains, beeping globes, and pushed red buttons?

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elvis costello is the silly champion.

elvis costello is the silly champion.

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it’s always seemed unfair that the police were called new wave. isn’t new wave too cool to include the police? from now on only elvis costello, nick lowe and the talking heads can be called new wave, plus these guys on the cover of le new wave, plus maybe the cure’s first album, plus whichever members of blondie that is who’s standing far right on the cover of parallel lines. he had good hair. everyone else has to find a new genre name, like sad old synth-pop, or maybe something like power-mod, sire-squeeze, or electro-plastic.

it’s always seemed unfair that the police were called new wave. isn’t new wave too cool to include the police? from now on only elvis costello, nick lowe and the talking heads can be called new wave, plus these guys on the cover of le new wave, plus maybe the cure’s first album, plus whichever members of blondie that is who’s standing far right on the cover of parallel lines. he had good hair. everyone else has to find a new genre name, like sad old synth-pop, or maybe something like power-mod, sire-squeeze, or electro-plastic.

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last month’s three elvis costello EP covers (and video) were probably enough, but this one has a giant pen, so there you go.

last month’s three elvis costello EP covers (and video) were probably enough, but this one has a giant pen, so there you go.

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