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

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I already voted for Opportunity

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

Don’t sleep on Steve.

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

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:01 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

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

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 02:24 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

heh also trust unsurprisingly

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:47 (two months ago) link

bleah taking liberties sorry

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:47 (two months ago) link

It’s spelled “Blecch”

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

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

System, Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:01 (two months ago) link

pour one out for the imposter :(

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

B-Movie wuz robbed.

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

b movie was my second choice

Hunt3r, Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:58 (two months ago) link


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