Elvis Costello

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

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Legal name: Declan Patrick MacManus

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

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Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus; 25 August 1954) is an English singer-songwriter. 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 & new wave movement of the mid-to-late 1970s. His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was recorded in 1976. Shortly after recording his first album 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 of the period 1967-1987. 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 broader than that of most popular songs. 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".

Costello has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male. 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.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1977 My Aim Is True Elvis Costello 3.5 14
1978 This Year’s Model Elvis Costello 5 11
1989 Spike Elvis Costello 6
1991 Mighty Like a Rose Elvis Costello 4 7
1993 The Juliet Letters Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet 3 3
1994 Brutal Youth Elvis Costello 3 5
1995 Kojak Variety Elvis Costello 2
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 1 2
2002 When I Was Cruel Elvis Costello 4 5
2003 North Elvis Costello 7
2004 Il Sogno Elvis Costello 1
2005 Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz With Guest Elvis Costello Marian McPartland & 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 3 4
2010 National Ransom Elvis Costello 5
2013 Wise Up Ghost Elvis Costello and The Roots 2 3
Spike Elvis Costello 1

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 Live at the El Mocambo Live Elvis Costello 4
1986 King of America Live The Costello Show feat. The Attractions and Confederates 7
1995 Deep Dead Blue: Live 25 June 95 Live Elvis Costello & Bill Frisell 1
1996 Costello & Nieve Live Elvis Costello 1
2006 My Flame Burns Blue Live Elvis Costello with the Metropole Orkest 2
Elvis Goes to Paris... and the Attractions Don't (1984-11-26: Paris, France) Live Elvis Costello 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 G.B.H.: Original Music from the Channel Four Series Soundtrack Elvis Costello & Richard Harvey 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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
1999 Toledo Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach 2
1999 She Elvis Costello 1
2002 45 Elvis Costello 1

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