Morning Music: Elvis Costello

Blood and Chocolate - Elvis CostelloI used to be a huge Elvis Costello fan. I still love his work. I just don’t go to his concerts or run out and buy his newest albums. But the height of my obsession with him was his 1986 album, Blood & Chocolate. I was looking for the best way to characterize the album, and I think that AllMusic nailed it: “controlled viciousness.”

And here is a live version of my favorite song on the album, “I Want You” — the most hateful break up song ever written. I wish I could say that I don’t understand the song completely — that I haven’t felt exactly the same way. The song consists of the fantasies that we partake of when dumped — or on the verge of it. I especially like, “Did you call his name out as he held you down?” It is all so self-destructive — so obviously counterproductive. But it is also the way we are. Or were. Now I really don’t care, but maybe just because I can no longer imagine being in love like that.

2 thoughts on “Morning Music: Elvis Costello

  1. But then again you have the controlled viciousness in terrific form on “Tramp The Dirt Down” a few years later. So it’s a dangerous gift.

    The first two songs on “Momofoku” are well worth falling in love with, Monk Frank!

    • Well, “Tramp the Dirt Down” is also one of my favorites. I played it at least a few times around here when Margaret Thatcher died just 40 years too late. “Let Him Dangle” is also really good. But Spike is a really inconsistent album in terms of tone.

      Thanks for the rec. I will see if I can get a copy.

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