Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Costello Music Lives

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Costello Music Lives

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Byline: Cassandra Tobin

HOW could it be at all surprising that someone who hosted their own TV show likes to talk?

Back in the a[approximately]70s Elvis Costello didn't do interviews.

Now, however, he's ready to talk. And the gracious musician does exactly that, as I speak to him while he's at home in New York.

Costello launched his career after following a few record company chaps around their offices at Stiff Records, London in 1976; he has barely left the stage since.

He hasn't had any ahitsa he tells me, but his music has had an enormous impact on music for almost 40 years. And it isn't just on record.

Tom Thumb an animated film written by John Cleese, premiered last month in New York with music written by Costello.

Having written the score in the early a[approximately]90s, the pop-rock star explored new ground, though he is surprised to see it suddenly pop up.

aIt's been a long time coming out,a Costello says. aMy kids, they listen to it and they like it, so I guess it's a whole new audience for me.a

aYou know I never went to college so everything I've done, I've learnt by experimenting and experience. I'm always grateful for the opportunity to do something different.

aOf course people who want you to do rock and roll a and only do that a get kind of nervous when you do anything different like you're changing some kind of religion. But it's just having a bit of fun with something quite different. It doesn't impair my ability to play electric guitar a or any kind of guitar.a

Throughout his career Costello has released more than 30 studio albums. He has written articles on music for Vanity Fair and has hosted his own TV show, Spectacle, which aired in Australia on the ABC network. His list of collaborations with musical greats reaches from Paul McCartney to Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. …

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