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Born: Declan Patrick McManus on Aug 25, 1954 in Liverpool, England

Annotation last modified on 2010-07-16 19:29 UTC.

Legal name: Declan Patrick MacManus

Also performs as: The Emotional Toothpaste, The Imposter (Elvis Costello)


Declan Patrick MacManus (born 25 August 1954), better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement that emerged in the mid-to-late 1970s. His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was released in 1977. Shortly after recording it, he formed the Attractions as his backing band. His second album, This Year's Model, was released in 1978, and was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums from 1967–1987. His third album, Armed Forces, was released in 1979, and features his most successful single "Oliver's Army". His first three albums all appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Costello and the Attractions toured and recorded together for the better part of a decade, though differences between them caused a split by 1986. Much of Costello's work since has been as a solo artist, though reunions with members of the Attractions have been credited to the group over the years. Steeped in wordplay, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broad. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image".

He has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Singer. In 2003, Costello and the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Costello has also co-written several original songs for motion pictures, including "God Give Me Strength" from Grace of My Heart (1996, with Burt Bacharach) and "The Scarlet Tide" from Cold Mountain (2003, with T-Bone Burnett). For the latter, Costello was nominated (along with Burnett) for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 My Aim Is True Elvis Costello 3.5 17
1978 This Year’s Model Elvis Costello 5 11
1989 Spike Elvis Costello 8
1991 Mighty Like a Rose Elvis Costello 4 8
1993 The Juliet Letters Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet 5
1994 Brutal Youth Elvis Costello 6
1995 Kojak Variety Elvis Costello 4
1998 Painted From Memory Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach 2
1999 The Sweetest Punch Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach & Bill Frisell 1
2001 For the Stars Anne Sofie von Otter & Elvis Costello 3
2002 When I Was Cruel Elvis Costello 6
2003 North Elvis Costello 9
2004 Il Sogno Elvis Costello 1
2005 Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Marian McPartland with guest Elvis Costello 1
2006 The River in Reverse Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint 4
2007 iTunes Originals Elvis Costello 1
2009 Secret, Profane & Sugarcane Elvis Costello 7
2010 National Ransom Elvis Costello 5
2013 Wise Up Ghost Elvis Costello and The Roots 2 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Taking Liberties Elvis Costello 2
1985 The Man: The Best of Elvis Costello Elvis Costello 4 3
1987 Out of Our Idiot Elvis Costello 2
1989 Girls Girls Girls Elvis Costello 5 3
1997 Extreme Honey: The Very Best of the Warner Bros. Years Elvis Costello 2
1999 The Very Best of Elvis Costello Elvis Costello 5
2003 Singles, Volume 1 Elvis Costello 1
2007 Rock and Roll Music Elvis Costello 1
2007 The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years Elvis Costello 2
2012 Original Album Series Elvis Costello 1
2012 In Motion Pictures Elvis Costello 2

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album Elvis Costello 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Live at the El Mocambo Elvis Costello 6
1986 King of America The Costello Show feat. The Attractions and Confederates 9
1995 Deep Dead Blue: Live 25 June 95 Elvis Costello & Bill Frisell 1
1996 Costello & Nieve Elvis Costello 1
2006 My Flame Burns Blue Elvis Costello with the Metropole Orkest 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 G.B.H.: Original Music From the Channel Four Series Elvis Costello & Richard Harvey 2
1995 Jake’s Progress Elvis Costello & Richard Harvey 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Less Than Zero Elvis Costello 1
1977 Alison / Welcome to the Working Week Elvis Costello 1
1977 Watching the Detectives Elvis Costello 2
1977 Mystery Dance Elvis Costello 1
1978 Alison / Less Than Zero Elvis Costello 1
1986 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood The Costello Show 2
1987 Blue Chair Elvis Costello 1
1989 Baby Plays Around Elvis Costello 1
1989 Veronica Elvis Costello 1
1991 So Like Candy Elvis Costello 1
1994 Sulky Girl Elvis Costello 1
1999 Toledo Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach 2
1999 She Elvis Costello 2
2002 45 Elvis Costello 1
2002 Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution) Elvis Costello 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 New Amsterdam Elvis Costello 3
1994 13 Steps Lead Down Elvis Costello 1
2010 National Ransack EP Elvis Costello 2

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Wise Up: Thought - Remixes and Reworks Elvis Costello and The Roots 3

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Demos Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello 1
John Jay College, New York City Elvis Costello 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Elvis Costello & Friends VH1 Classics Decades Rock Live Elvis Costello 1

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