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biography

Born London, August 25, 1955.

Born Declan MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in Liverpool within a fairly traditional musical environment. His father, Ross MacManus, was a singer with the Joe Loss Orchestra, and Declan’s first proper band was a country combo called Flip City. Despite this, the angry young Costello of 1977 was very much of his time. He arrived on the music scene armed with a thrift-shop suit, a little black book of his enemies’ weak spots, and a deal with Stiff Records -- whose co-owner, Jake Riviera, had signed him on the strength of some demos played on Charlie Gillett’s Radio London show, Honky Tonk. And although the main influences on his first album, the grainily produced MY AIM IS TRUE (1977), were more the Flip City favourites Gram Parsons and The Band than the Pistols or The Clash, the vitriolic songwriting was firmly rooted in the punk ethos. This was displayed most notably on songs like “I’m Not Angry” and the much-celebrated “Alison”, both about obnoxious ex-lovers, as well as the first single, “Less Than Zero”, which focused on English fascism, and climbed to #14 in the UK charts. [read more...]

discography

Most Popular Album(s) by This Artist
  • The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions -- Elvis Costello, Attractions; Audio CD
  • Painted From Memory -- Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach; Audio CD
  • My Aim Is True [EXTRA TRACKS] -- Elvis Costello; Audio CD
  • U.S. Releases:

    The Sweetest Punch: Songs Of Elvis Costello And Burt Bacharach ~ Bill Frisell
    Burt Bacharach
    Elvis Costello
    Billy Drewes
    Original Release Date: 1999
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    Painted From Memory ~ Elvis Costello
    Burt Bacharach
    Original Release Date: 1998
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    Extreme Honey: The Best Of The Warner Bros. Years ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1997
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    All This Useless Beauty ~ The Attractions
    Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1996
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    Kojak Variety ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1995
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    Jake's Progress (1995 Television Mini-Series) [SOUNDTRACK] ~ Elvis Costello
    Richard Harvey
    Original Release Date: 1995
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    Brutal Youth ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1994
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    The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
    Original Release Date: 1994
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    The Juliet Letters ~ Brodsky Quartet
    Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1993
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    G.B.H.: Original Music From The Channel Four Series (British TV Series) [SOUNDTRACK] ~ Richard Harvey
    Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1991
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    Mighty Like A Rose ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1991
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    Spike ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1989
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    King Of America [GOLD CD] ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1986
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    Blood And Chocolate ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
    Original Release Date: 1986
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    King Of America ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1986
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    Goodbye Cruel World ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
    Original Release Date: 1984
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    Punch The Clock ~ The Attractions
    Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1983
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    Imperial Bedroom ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
    Original Release Date: 1982
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    Imperial Bedroom [Gold Disc] [GOLD CD] ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
    Original Release Date: 1982
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    Almost Blue ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1981
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    Trust ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
    Original Release Date: 1981
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    Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
    Original Release Date: 1980
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    Armed Forces [EXTRA TRACKS] ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
    Original Release Date: 1979
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    This Year's Model [EXTRA TRACKS] ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1978
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    My Aim Is True [EXTRA TRACKS] ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1977
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    Girls Girls Girls ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
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    You Bowed Down [Maxi Single] [CD-SINGLE] ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
    Original Release Date: 1996
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    2 1/2 Years [BOX SET] ~ Elvis Costello
    Original Release Date: 1993
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    Get Happy!! ~ Elvis Costello
    The Attractions
    Original Release Date: 1980
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    Imports:

    King of America [IMPORT] [DOUBLE CD] ~ Elvis Costello
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    resources

      Elvis Costello Online - News, tour dates, live chat, lyrics, sounds, photos and trivia about singer/songwriter Elvis Costello. Includes CDs, videos and books for purchase.

      Beyond Belief - The Elvis Costello Newsletter - Web site for the worldwide printed newsletter dedicated to the music of Elvis Costello.

      Bright Blue Times - A fan page with special emphasis on previously unreleased material.

      Elvis Costello Is King - One fan's song by song analysis of the greatest recordings and compositions of Elvis Costello.

      Real Life Becomes A Rumour - A complete visual guide to the recordings, collectables, bands, photos, appearances, and professional life of Elvis Costello.

      Kojak's Variety - MP3, galleries, tour dates and more.

      Elvis Costello - VH1 Fan Club - News, biography, musical influences, audio clips, photos, music videos, bulletin boards, links and more.

      The Elvis Costello Home Page - An unofficial site with detailed discography, gigography, lyrics and information about the great singer/songwriter.

      All The Rage - A personal guide through over 20 years of Elvis Costello - the man and his music. Includes discographies, biography and pictures.



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