Random Top Ten
Random Top Ten!
Random Top Ten Elvis Costello Songs
10. "Toledo" - The opener to Costello and Bacharach's collaborative effort, and an insinuatingly subtle bit of songwriting featuring one damn twisty melody line.
9. "Pump It Up" - As on many a Costello track, it's keyboard player Steve Nieve's contribution that makes the song--without that insistent, angry organ this song wouldn't be nearly as good as it is.
8. "Alison" - Damn impressive for a first album cut.
7. "Veronica" - Who else writes about the elderly? Such a bittersweet song.
6. "Alibi"- I love the audacity and sheer inventiveness of this laundry list of lame excuses for bad behavior.
5. "Accidents Will Happen" - A classically constructed pop song.
4. "All This Useless Beauty" - One of Costello's most beautiful pieces of songwriting.
3. "Tokyo Storm Warning" - I love the Sesame Street-theme guitar figure, and the very Dylan-esque litany of evocative, yet not concrete, lyrics. ("The sky fell over cheap Korean monster-movie scenery/And spilled into the mezzanine of the crushed capsule hotel/Between the Disney abattoir and the chemical refinery/And I knew I was in trouble but I thought I was in hell.")
2. "God Give Me Strength" - This is already getting covered like crazy - in 50 years this just might be the one song Costello is most remembered for--an instant classic.
1. "What's So Funny? (About Peace, Love, and Understanding)" - I hate so much that my favorite Costello song is one this remarkable, prolific, gifted songwriter didn't actually write. But it is.