Saturday, 21 October 2017

The English Elvis




When punk exploded onto the music scene back in 1976, it came with a starburst blaze of energy. Oddly, I didn't like much of it apart from the Sex Pistols and the early Ramones. Elvis Costello was sort of linked to that scene but in truth was never really a part of that 'movement.' He came bearing the gift of language, of wordplay that amazed and dazzled but with an ability to spit venom and vitriol with as much menace as Lennon ever managed and far more intelligently pronounced than any punk.

The first of these youtube videos is Elvis Costello and the Attractions performing 'Pump It Up' It is a dynamic performance even if it doesn't contain the spontaneous feel of a live concert. The second is Elvis from thirty-nine years ago performing 'Watching the Detectives.' The man, in my view, is one of these islands greatest singer/songwriters and worth his weight in gold.







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