Today is the 60th birthday of my musical idol, the incredible Elvis Costello.
I discovered Mr Costello's music when my hometown friend, aka Jhymnal, played Pump It Up by EC and the Attractions in a mixed-tape. It was the summer of 1979, before my freshman year of college. Immediately, I was smitten by the witty, sometimes cutting lyrics, the frenetic pace, and the musical hooks. While away at University, I pursued my interest in all things Elvis, grabbing Get Happy (European title: Emotional Fascism) on the first day of release (Feb 1980) and snapping up vinyl copies of the back-catalog at the campus music store.
Over time, I have been to several concerts and events, seen the movies, read the books, and purchased more vinyl and CDs. As I write, I am listing to a shuffled mix featuring 60-second snippets of songs from the man's vast collection. I know of no artist who has been more prolific, nor more diverse. Elvis has written for every genre, for every era, across generations and styles. Country, Punk, Rock, Classical, Blues, Folk, you name it.
For those of you who share my interest in Elvis Costello's work, I proudly present a series of backlinks and reposts for your pleasure. The baker's dozen backlinks are links to previous EC-related posts published here in PhilosFX. The reposts are links to articles posted today (Aug 25, 2014) by other sources around the world.
Happy birthday, Declan Patrick MacManus, better known as Elvis Costello. May you live long and prosper!
A baker's dozen back links
Three reposts: Liverpool, London, and beyond