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Some good EC Web sites

- EC's o-fficial site
- A good EC site
- Wikipedia on EC
- Bright Blue Times
- Good article on EC
- On MySpace, check out these very active Elvis Costello groups: "Elvis Costello" (several hundred members), and "Elvis Costello - the Real King" (several hundred members).

'Scarlet Tide' video

During a live performance on the Today Show (July 21, 2005), Costello expressed his feelings about the Iraq War by changing the lyrics of his Oscar-nominated song (from "Cold Mountain"), "Scarlet Tide." (watch the video). Later, he explained what he did, saying, "At 2 a.m. on the 21st July, I woke up and re-wrote a few lines of 'The Scarlet Tide' to reflect the frustration that I sense with the disastrous and dishonest prosecution of a war, an action that might have been thought treasonous in saner times."

The original lyrics are:

Man has no choice,
When he wants everything.

The rewritten lyrics are:

Admit you lied,
And bring the boys back home.

Other EC video performances

Check out this energetic 2005 live performance of "Peace, Love, and Understanding" from the "Club Date: Live in Memphis" DVD on iFilm.

From the same Memphis DVD, here's "Alison-Suspicious Minds."

Here's a cheesy, late '70s music video of "Pump It Up."

Another late '70s music video: "Radio, Radio."

Some cool live audio

Here are some rare, live Elvis Costello performances.

Accidents Will Happen
Alison (Bridge School Concerts) recommended
All This Useless Beauty (Conan) recommended
Baby Plays Around
God Only Knows (with Brodsky Quartet) recommended
Chelsea (fast)
Everyday I Write the Book (Woodstock)
Girl's Talk
I Stand Accused ('79)
I Want You (London)
Less Than Zero (Dallas version) recommended
Lipstick Vogue
Little Atoms (acoustic)
Man Out of Time recommended
Mystery Dance
No Action
Oliver's Army (acoustic)


- Elvis stuff you might not have known


Costello returns for SNL's 25th anniversary show:

After being banned in 1977, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michael's invited Costello back to perform for the show's 25th anniversary program. In a humorous, tongue-in-cheek twist, Costello and Michaels recreated the exact scenario that got him banned years before. In supposed "improptu" fashion, Costello interrupted the Beastie Boys in mid song, grabbing the microphone and proclaiming, "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but there's no reason to do this song here!" before leading the Beastie Boys into "Radio, Radio."

In 1977, Costello was banned for playing a longer, unscheduled song that threw of the show's carefully planned schedule. Costello started off playing a few bars of "Less Than Zero" before grinding the song to a halt and instructing his band to play "Radio, Radio." Not only was "Radio, Radio" a longer song, but some 20-plus seconds were lost playing the intro to "Less Than Zero."


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