Elvis Costello, whose real name is Declan MacManus, is an English singer-songwriter who began his artistic career in 1974 in a commercial where he played the backing vocals on a song written and performed… ..by his father, Ross MacManus. Which one is a professional musician.
He formed his first large group "Flip City" in 1974. An adventure that would last 2 years without producing brilliant results. It was around this time that he took the nickname D.P. Costello, in tribute to his father who had taken Day Costello as his stage name. The addition of the first name Elvis will come a little later (this time as a tribute to Elvis Presley).
The first single "Less than zero" was released in 1977. Shortly followed by the album "My aim mis true". The first will only be relatively successful. The second will be a notable success. Costello first appeared on the album cover with his thick glasses. A sign of recognition that will eventually become its trademark.
The start of definitive recognition came a few months later when the single "Watching the detectives", the artist's first top hit, was released. Costello took the opportunity to create his own group "The Attractions" with Steve Nieve, Bruce Thomas and Pete Thomas.
In 1978 the album “This year’s model” was released with less success but which produced two major hits which are “(I don’t want to go to) Chelsea” and “Pump it up”.
Back in force in 1979 with the album "Armed forces" which knows a much greater success in particular thanks to the enormous flagship title "Oliver's army" and to a lesser extent to "Accidents will happen" which is noticed by a particularly original video.
1980 in turn rhymes with notorious success thanks to the album "Get happy !", with a more cheerful tone and less gloomy atmosphere than the previous ones. Whose flagship single will be "I can't stand up for falling down".
New album "Trust" a year later in 1981. Tensions within the group intensify and the quality of the opus is felt. Success is not there. The same year released another album "Almost Blue", a collection of covers of country music titles and which, against all expectations, achieved excellent sales scores. In particular thanks to the title "Good year for the roses".
The year 1982 saw the release of the album "Imperial bedroom", with a darker sound and which despite particularly rave reviews did not produce any major hits. Followed a year later in 1983 by the album "Punch the clock" which unlike its predecessor would produce a huge hit "Everyday I write the book", the singer's flagship single in the discography.
Tensions within the group became unmanageable from 1984 to the point that the group broke up that year. The album "Goodbye cruel world", recorded at the same time, inevitably suffers and the result is more than disappointing.
It was not until 1986 that the artist returned with a new album "King of America", a new acoustic album with country accents and which produced the hit "Don’t let me be misunderstood". New album "Blood & chocolate" with The Attractions (!) also this year. The album works fine but doesn't produce any hits.
Three years will pass before the release of the next album "Spike". Three salutary years in terms of inspiration since the album is a real success, notably thanks to the title "Veronica". Title which even wins an MTV Award for the quality of its video clip.
The year 1991 saw the release of the album "Mighty like a rose" which had a more than honorable run and produced the minor hit "The other side of summer". This will be the singer’s last major success.
Other albums were released later without producing any notorious hits.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Watching the detectives 1977
(I don’t want to go to) Chelsea 1978
Pump it up 1978
Oliver’s army 1979
Accidents will happen 1979
I can’t stand up for falling down 1980
Good year for the roses 1981
Everyday I write the book 1983
I wanna be loved 1984
Don’t let me be misunderstood 1986
The other side of summer 1991
13 steps leads now 1994
1977 ... the hit of the revelation. After several unsuccessful titles, here comes the time for recognition and first honors
1978 ... the 'Costello' style gained momentum over the years. A unique look and voice that is really starting to make a difference
1978 ... a subtle mix of rock mixed with psychedelic sounds. An explosive recipe that works for the moment of the fire of god
1979 ... the sound has changed, that's clear. More Pop, less rock. Immediate result of the races : his biggest success to date !
1979 ... the end of the decade on the hats of wheel which allows him to garner success after success. Everything is fine !
1980 ... a new decade which rhymes with sudden and dazzling acceleration of the tempo. Good choice ? Not sure...
1981 ... an obvious Country influence on an Intimist track which works very well. Like what, no need to put the Turbo !
1983 ... THE title of the consecration. The biggest success of his career one on a very smooth title. MAS-TER-FUL !
1984 ... he understood that frenzied rhythms do not necessarily succeed. A controlled tempo, a high level inspiration and everything is going for the best !
1986 ... he even allows himself the luxury of using a now cult title by Nina Simone which dates from 1964. The original was a huge success, the copy will do almost as well
1989 ... after 2 years where not much will happen, we find him in great shape in 1989 with this astonishing title which will be his last notorious hit
1991 ... another decade change and still there. A title that smells of the 70s and which allows him to stay in the Charts level race. Quite a career after all !
1994 ... well, this time, we're getting closer to the end. It's true, not quite because other titles will come out later but without really convincing results ...
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