Elvis Costello a Career in Snark


Elvis Costello has made a career of being the consummate brat…and we love him for it.  With his jangly guitar, Buddy Holly glasses, and nose stuck firmly in the air, Costello has been telling establishment to bugger off nearly four decades.

Emerging from Britain in the late 70’s, not quite punk and not quite pop, Costello’s debut album, My Aim Is True, has gone on to become an absolute classic record featuring songs like, “Alison”, “Watching the Detectives”, and “Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes”.  His follow-up album, This Year’s Model, is held in equally high regard as its predecessor, packed with anthems such as: “Lipstick Vogue”, “No Action”, and “Pump It Up”.

Not happy with only two classic albums, other records included songs like, “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding?”, “Stranger in the House”, and the controversial mass-media middle finger of “Radio Radio”.  He has recorded fully albums with Burt Bacharach, Alan Toussaint, and The Roots; and worked with artists as varied as Green Day to Tony Bennett.

Costello (aka The Other Elvis), has led literally one of the most impressive and versatile careers any musician could ever hope for.  And considering the fact that he is married and had two twin boys with the beautiful, enigmatic jazz singer Diana Krall, his personal life ain’t looking too shabby either.

Elvis Costello will be performing tonight at the Palace Theater.  While it is billed as a solo show, not featuring either of his classic back-up bands The Attractions, or The Imposters – Costello will be performing classic material from albums with both bands, plus he’ll be culling from the countless songs he’s collaborated on over the years.

The show is tonight at 8:00 PM.  Tickets range from $35-$101.




About Brent Owen
Born and raised in Louisville, I have lived here most of my life (except during a short furlough, when I, lovelorn and naive, followed a girl to Baton Rouge). My roots are here, my family, my friends, and my life are all here. I work primarily as a free-lance writer for a few local and regional publications. I have also written two books (one a memoir, the other a novel) that barring some divine intervention, will probably never see the light of day.
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