ELVIS COSTELLO - In No-Man's Land
Declan MacManus (36) alias Elvis Costello is considered the most talented, versatile and ambitious representative of the British new wave. With pumping rock albums like This Year's Model and Armed Forces he made in the late seventies name as angry young man then in 1982 with Imperial Bedroom a true pop masterwork off deliver. Under contract with a major label he now features a large recording budget, which is why Mighty Like A Rose as it appeared two years ago Spike is extracted as a musical tour de force, in which the eclecticism knows no bounds.
Mighty Like A Rose is again quite complex with a duration of one hour. It also takes the listener more than the necessary time before you have to know the album. Want one must work in order to enjoy it? Of your music loud
"You could also set different: I do not want people my records to tire quickly, so I try a lot to stop. I hope that they are there for can muster enough patience because today we do not expect other than that everything is served. Bite-sized The fact that there are so many different media that the market perform with pop music apparently everyone overly pampered. The first charts in the thirties and forties were compiled based on the sales of sheet music and no plates. Mid-sixties, you still had no more than two pop programs per week on the radio, something the youth of today simply can not imagine. Came a quarter-century ago, even the most popular pop artists only sporadically discussed on radio and television, now may be a clown like Vanilla Ice making an album of nothing and be famous in no time. Furthermore, there is more than ever a huge demand for disposable music and, of course, must be provided for those in need - but not by me. Compared to modern dance music, which no story and is scarcely melody and everything revolves around an equally monotonous as driving rhythm where you get tired of it, sounds that I do indeed complex. By contrast, take the books of Samuel Beckett as a yardstick, my lyrics have very little commitment and depth, while my compositions can compete with the works of Stravinsky, for example. "In turn, is by no
This does not mean that when you write your lyrics serves your literary techniques. So you often change within a song the narrator's perspective.
"It's a matter of choosing different angles, just like they use in the film from different angles, so you get a better look at the corresponding character. At first, the song is so may be hard to follow, but ultimately increases the brightness. Moreover, it is a suitable method to give without resorting to cheap sensationalism. Drama to the story I write quite often in the form and you then it might seem like I'm directly addressing a particular person, even though I was in the shoes of someone else can be crawled just as well. Apart from that, it does not matter whether or not the listener knows the recollected former, in the sense that he is the song better or worse understanding. By I use own observations and experiences that I try to generalize without falling. Clichés You should see the text to display, so that the listener will be affected. "In one way or another a certain universality
Pop music is often used as an outlet for personal inner life, your lyrics, however, are strikingly visual in character.
"By describing using all sorts of details, characters they appear as true for your mind, while you can suggest what is in them simultaneously. That style technique I manage pretty well, though I say it myself, but if I possess the talent to apply them on a larger scale remains still unclear. In between I dare me sometimes short stories. albeit entirely voluntary, not with the intention of they get published, so I have no idea whether they have some literary quality. Everything I write seriously, comes in the form of a song text out, and maybe I can be better at keeping it until it no longer gives me satisfaction. Moreover, I as a musician obviously enjoys the advantage that I dispose of a supplementary medium with which I can express using many hundreds of resources. Everything I say To give the simplest example, a song in a minor key is practically everybody more or less gloomy about. So you via sound combined with language to convey other people's emotions and possibly your personal response, without saying anything explicitly. I would not be too outspoken in my songs, because there is nothing else left for the imagination of the listener. "
Do you think the people who populate your songs are usually English?
"The characters I invent, to live in the world literally everywhere. I'm often inspired by something I see, read or hear, but sometimes what turns me an idea what brought so trivial that the end result is nothing to be found. Well I situate occasional event in a certain place. because that makes it easier for me to give voice to the text. visually Harpies Bizarre on Mighty Like A Rose for example, is about a rather naive girl being seduced by a slimy snob. I imagined that scene took place during a fancy ball, which is why I voted for the intermezzo no electric guitar or piano but houthlazers taken. That ball does not necessarily have to take place. In England Incidentally, I can mention only a few British pop musicians who may typically called Ray Davies of course, Morrissey without any doubt and to a certain extent Pete Townshend, not to mention Paul McCartney. Of course there are still a number of singers with a genuine British accent like Johnny Lydon and Ian Dury. As for me, not only am I of Anglo-Irish descent, besides, I've loved since childhood mainly music from the United States. However, the fact remains that almost all American genres descended essentially in Europe. Such is the Tex-Mex full of polkas from Germany and Poland, while in the country elements of Irish folk are discovering. And if you look to Irving Berlin and George Gershwin listen, you can hear the influence of Brahms, Strauss and Mahler. Now I want to pop the stupid case that one does not see beyond his nose. The history of rock 'n' roll goes for most back no further than the official birth in 1953, to say nothing of those for whom it all began only in 1977 with punk. We are waiting for the first idiot who stands up and claims that there was no pop music of significance before the creation of rap in 1983. "
Recently you let slip somewhere that no other type of music exists for a pop artist outside the related genres which he can influence without lapse. Obscurity directly
"Which does not mean that any type of music can indeed inspire an effective way though this does not immediately appear to be very clear. So I came up with the idea to use during a lecture by a professor of the musical developments in the Vienna of Mozart. Bizarre woodwind passage for those previously mentioned in Harpies Back then there were of course no radio and gramophone record, so the king could never listen to opera at home to the palace. Until one day he got the inspiration to organize, which his favorite arias were performed, but then forced only accompanied by a small ensemble of courtiers. Private concerts From that grew a whole new musical style shape, which eventually adapted and also found its way into the nightlife of the working class. Using the nobility and notables A modern equivalent of the Viennese tradition manifested itself in England after World War II when the big dance bands premium did by the huge success of Glenn Miller. My father sang for years with the orchestra of Joe Loss, whose repertoire ranged from The Last Waltz by Engelbert Humperdinck to Like A Rolling Stone from Bob Dylan, so they were forced to adapt all kinds of songs on capital . And I do not really different when I turn on a master of folk, blues and country to composing. "
Your father Ross MacManus, does surprisingly along on your new album. Wilde as a child like him in the music?
"I think so, although I have learned to play. Until my fourteenth guitar The music was me at least an early age, because my mother was a singer. My father is currently occurs with a cabaret dance company, but he is originally from the jazz corner. To support his family, he had to sacrifice his aspirations as a trumpeter for a permanent job as a singer in the orchestra of Joe Loss. In the late sixties, when he was already headed for the forty, he left to everyone's amazement, his hair grow and he came up home with albums by groups like the Grateful Dead and Country Joe & The Fish. Throughout my childhood he played except Irish folk many American jazz, which brings me back to the continuity in popular music: in certain parts of Duke Ellington I seem to hear the serenades of Mozart, probably due to a certain similarity clarinet play that a very sophisticated kind of tenderness is echoed which feels romantic in the positive sense of the word. "
In the late sixties spoken, there was at that time an artistic competition in pop music, especially among the top groups The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Byrds. That healthy rivalry has gradually gradually disappeared. "The seventies"
"The business side is more important to the year, making the great musicians getting harder and harder to keep. Afloat The competition is less and less on the musical plane fought everything seems the day only to revolve around creating an irresistible image today. The huge financial reward today stands in no relation to the low artistic effort. I feel like I halts me in a no man's land of pop music, because even good friends like Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze and Nick Lowe operate on a different grounds. At the time of the recordings of King Of America I was with Peter Case, Victoria Williams and Bob Neuwirth once a guest at T-Bone Burnett and then we have the whole evening together turn songs played. With someone like Joe Strummer from The Clash I've never done something like that, on the contrary, we cats together constantly in public, albeit that of course we are not really meant what we said. Such an evening as with T-Bone seems now, five years later, however, practically unthinkable, not only because the opportunity rarely or never occurs, but also because almost nobody dares to give more exposure. Walk there in the pop world innumerable petty figures around. "
Did you know about fifteen years ago actually what you was waiting when you entered this world?
"I was quite skeptical and suspicious, so I have from the outset kept a certain distance in certain respects. There was no question of a dip in the deep, even in financial terms, because after all, I had to maintain. Woman and child Hence I recently resigned as a computer programmer when I had been told that I could earn the same. Meager salary at least the guarantee of the record I feel like I just changed jobs and at first I did not even realize the profound effect it would have. Eventually for my personality The great upheavals in the private sphere came retrospect anyway comparatively late, certainly the fact considering that I've run flirt with all kinds of dangerous temptations. While heavy I've been doing the necessary unwise things, but now that it is part of life, why I blame myself little to nothing. Only if I could have hurt other people, that I am truly sorry. "