POLL For Tender - the Elvis Costello- Get Happy!! Poll

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seeing elvis on wednesday and i've been going through his best works--somehow this one hasn't been polled. a 20-track cascade of puns and keyboard riffs, which one is the best?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down 7
New Amsterdam 7
King Horse 6
Riot Act 4
High Fidelity 4
Possession 3
Five Gears In Reverse 2
Black And White World 2
Opportunity 2
Clowntime Is Over 2
Love For Tender 1
Temptation 1
Motel Matches 1
Men Called Uncle 1
B-Movie 0
Human Touch 0
Beaten To The Punch 0
Secondary Modern 0
I Stand Accused 0
The Imposter 0


mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Monday, 22 July 2019 16:31 (two months ago) link

best fukken album. i could vote for anything from side one, so i'll have to think on it...

J. Sam, Monday, 22 July 2019 16:36 (two months ago) link

i've always had a soft spot for 'opportunity,' but i've been loving the manic vibe of 'the imposter' lately. steve nieve is really a madman on this whole album.

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Monday, 22 July 2019 16:38 (two months ago) link

there's no need to be evasive/money talks and it's persuasive

J. Sam, Monday, 22 July 2019 16:39 (two months ago) link

probably going for clowntime is over. WHO'S MAKING LOVERS' LANE SAFE AGAIN FOR LOVERS??

J. Sam, Monday, 22 July 2019 16:42 (two months ago) link

this album has the best great songs to bad songs ratio in his discography which is amazing considering how long it is.

akm, Monday, 22 July 2019 16:43 (two months ago) link

Going with "New Amsterdam," but there are an amazing number of plausible choices for a 20 song album.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Monday, 22 July 2019 16:53 (two months ago) link

you lack lust
you're so lackluster

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 July 2019 17:18 (two months ago) link

dammmmmn this is impossible between Opportunity and New Amsterdam

flappy bird, Monday, 22 July 2019 17:25 (two months ago) link

"you can total up the balance sheet
and never know if i'm a counterfeit"

is one of the all-time great forced rhymes

J. Sam, Monday, 22 July 2019 17:30 (two months ago) link

might be the only vote for "Black & White World" but damn does that song run through my head a lot

frogbs, Monday, 22 July 2019 17:34 (two months ago) link

"Everything you say now sounds like it was ghostwritten"

!!!

flappy bird, Monday, 22 July 2019 17:37 (two months ago) link

yeah, New Amsterdam is perfect. would have been cool to hear an entire album from that era where he plays all the instruments, à la that track and Hoover Factory

J. Sam, Monday, 22 July 2019 17:46 (two months ago) link

I didn't know he played the bass on that - pretty fuckin good bassist!

flappy bird, Monday, 22 July 2019 18:02 (two months ago) link

“King Horse” or maybe “Riot Act.”

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 July 2019 18:55 (two months ago) link

That was exactly my dilemma. Went with King Horse having already selected Riot Act!

yugi ex, Monday, 22 July 2019 19:04 (two months ago) link

when the heat gets sub-tropical
and the talk gets so topical

mookieproof, Monday, 22 July 2019 19:56 (two months ago) link

when i said that i was lying, i might have been lying

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Monday, 22 July 2019 20:22 (two months ago) link

Riot Act

PaulTMA, Monday, 22 July 2019 20:25 (two months ago) link

seems unfair to just pick one here. Such a consistent album.
but yeah, King Horse.

campreverb, Monday, 22 July 2019 21:04 (two months ago) link

I'm also seeing him in two weeks. I'm going for Blondie but Elvis will be a nice bonus.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 03:43 (one month ago) link

Listening for the first time in many years. Man this album is really coke-y

bunny slopes, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 06:50 (one month ago) link

Probably "Possession," though this whole album is such a rush.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 11:37 (one month ago) link

Riot Act

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 15:48 (one month ago) link

Very underrated & under-seen music video. the mix on this has almost no bass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfK1_FBTMtA

flappy bird, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 16:27 (one month ago) link

"Motel Matches" is one of his best early vocals.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 17:03 (one month ago) link

This album hits some sort of sweet spot. Word play can get quite clotted but still seems to get the point across pretty effectively, plus there continues to be plenty of unhinged Attractions action mixed with the deep R&B influences/tributes/covers/copycat grooves.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 17:20 (one month ago) link

I knew that song so long before we met
That it means much more than it
[beat]
might
[ching-a-ling!]

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 22:15 (one month ago) link

But probably Motel Matches for me — peak Costello chainsaw-thru-dictionary wordplay with Stax feels.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 22:23 (one month ago) link

Went with my instinctual first choice--"Possession"--but "Opportunity" and "The Imposter" were right up there.

JRN, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 23:51 (one month ago) link

who is voting for New Amsterdam? who is voting for Opportunity? I will not let either of these songs go down with zero votes

flappy bird, Thursday, 25 July 2019 02:04 (one month ago) link

I already voted for Opportunity

lion king 2: the gift and the curse (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 July 2019 02:33 (one month ago) link

Those are both good so I applaud your efforts

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 July 2019 03:13 (one month ago) link

I rarely want to listen to EC these days, but I'd always make an exception for Motel Matches

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 28 July 2019 14:55 (one month ago) link

I heard some of his latest album in a record shop in Edinburgh, and did think it sounded like prime old-skool EC&Attr, but then did feel like I didn’t want to go back..

Mark G, Sunday, 28 July 2019 16:40 (one month ago) link

Voted for King Horse which has been my favourite song of his since I really got into him about 20 years ago.

Brilliant album. Probably my third favourite of his after This Year's Model and Trust.

kitchen person, Sunday, 28 July 2019 16:59 (one month ago) link

I rarely want to listen to EC these days, but I'd always make an exception for Motel Matches

I don't listen to too much EC these days, but when I do I always wonder why I don't do it more. Def. an example of an act whose last three decades of competence undermines an initial decade (more or less) of mostly brilliance.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 28 July 2019 17:09 (one month ago) link

Yeah, it's amazing to think that in his first decade he put out My Aim Is True, This Year's Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy, Trust, Imperial Bedroom and Blood & Chocolate which are all so strong. Such a shame his quality dropped so drastically after that.

kitchen person, Sunday, 28 July 2019 17:24 (one month ago) link

Why a shame? Most artists don't get more than a decade of good work. Look at the astonishments this man put out, and he was already repeating himself on Armed Forces.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 July 2019 17:36 (one month ago) link

It is a bit jarring to spend time listening to his angry young man stuff then see him in concert today and he’s kinda an aw shucks entertainer. He and the band still sounded awesome though, especially Pete

lion king 2: the gift and the curse (voodoo chili), Sunday, 28 July 2019 18:36 (one month ago) link

Don’t sleep on Steve.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 28 July 2019 21:20 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

I would never sleep on Steve! He’s amazing, especially on this album

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 01:58 (one month ago) link

voted man called uncle, always had a soft spot for it

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 02:24 (one month ago) link

+1 to frogbs, I think Black and White World, it’s such a refreshing step-up stylistically amidst the feel of the album— it may be rhythmically? I think there’s a dif version on 10 Bloody Mary’s that I may like more but i am far adrift from elvis listenership right now.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:14 (one month ago) link

For some reason I thought that was the one released as a single on 2-Tone, but that was "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down."

According to Record Collector (No 91): " Costello had been signed to Radar in 1978, via a licensing deal from Riviera Global Productions. Radar collapsed towards the end of 1979, and so Elvis's manager Jake Riviera alighted upon the Specials' 2-Tone label as an ideal venue for a holding operation - a one-off single - until Elvis sorted out a deal for the Get Happy!! album. WEA, who had distributed Radar, were less than delighted: they felt they had a stake in Costello's career by virtue of the success of the records they had distributed for him, and so they obtained a court injunction to stop the 2-Tone single being sold.

By March '80, the situation was clarified: F-Beat was set up by Riviera as an independent company, but WEA continued to distribute their records. In the meantime, there were several thousand 2-Tone singles to dispose of. These were handed out free to the audience at a London's Rainbow Theatre gig. Several months later, Riviera pressed up a few thousand more of the 2-Tone singles, and these were given away at London and US gigs".

Jerry Dammers offers a slightly different take on the story behind this single: “Jake Riviera cheekily printed up a few thousand Elvis Costello singles on the 2 tone label, obviously thinking that I would be delighted to have such a major star on the label, but I was having none of it, 2 Tone being a strictly ska at that time. So Elvis was forced to give these singles away free at his gigs (now collector’s items, of course). (Record Collector magazine No 363)

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:43 (one month ago) link

The label print does look a bit different on that one. Plus, I've not seen a copy that didn't have both catalogue numbers on the deadwax.

Mark G, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:34 (one month ago) link

according to wikipedia, ten bloody marys had song side 2, number 7-

7. "Black and White World" (Demo version) (previously unreleased) – 1:51

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:46 (one month ago) link

heh also trust unsurprisingly

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:47 (one month ago) link

bleah taking liberties sorry

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:47 (one month ago) link

It’s spelled “Blecch”

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:50 (one month ago) link

Haven’t even finished that long post about Jake Riviera but wouldn’t be surprised by almost anything I might read about him

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:51 (one month ago) link

Steve was great when I saw them in 2016. Loved it when he interpolated the keyboard hook from “Je t’aime.... moi non plus.” Then I shortly found out that his wife was French and that was the first record he ever bought.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 23:01 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

pour one out for the imposter :(

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:07 (one month ago) link

B-Movie wuz robbed.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:38 (one month ago) link

i had a playlist where 'b-movie' followed 'uh-oh love comes to town,' it flowed nicely

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:39 (one month ago) link

I applaud those who voted for "Clowntime Is Over." I for one have paid for the privilege of hearing him singing the title phrase over and over again one too many times.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:41 (one month ago) link

Fuggen album is so good, I could have voted for any of the 0-vote songs except B-Movie, and I even like that one. Poll for worst?

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:06 (one month ago) link

b movie was my second choice

Hunt3r, Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:58 (one month ago) link


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