Elvis Costello

EP 134 | Elvis Costello


Hands up – is there anyone out there who hasn’t heard of Elvis Costello?

Not many of you. And I’m worried about those of you over there.

Right from the first notes, he’s staked his claim as a singular artist.

He was following nobody.

Elvis rose to prominence on the strength of three albums.  One after the other.

 My Aim is True, This Year’s Model and Armed Forces.

Never afraid to speak his mind or get in trouble for it he was branded a troublemaker. That got my attention right away.

His latest album is Hey Clockface.

Photo by Diana Krall

Recorded in Helsinki Finland and Paris France.

The Paris session was an amazing 9 songs in 2 days.

Elvis adlibbing his way through lyrics while being accompanied by French Jazz musicians, also adlibbing.

In several cases, Elvis spoke the words rather than sing them.

There’s a nod to Fats Waller & Tin Pan Alley.

There are elements of rap, hip hop, 1920’s Ukulele Ike traditional jazz songs, crooning like a Mel Torme session, and much more.

This is the complete interview. Wherein he talks about his new musical A Face in the Crowd, now stalled because of the Pandemic, and sings a song from the musical.

The re-release of Armed Forces, the possibility of working again with Nick Lowe, a fantastic story of Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen.

His life growing up in England.

And a bag load of other moments in his life.

We welcome Elvis Costello to The Mulligan Stew Podcast

Mulligan Stew Dec 5th 2020-Elvis Costello, and more!


Photo By Diana Krall

His name is Elvis Costello.

His new album is called Hey Clockface., Recorded pre-Covid in Helsinki, Finland, and Paris.

Photo by Diana Krall

It’s in part,  an Elvis you might not have heard before. Spoken word over Jazz riffs, a title track that’s a throwback to the 1920’s and 30’s and the music of Ukulele Ike.

A winner of Grammys 1999 and 2020. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Elvis is  a living breathing historian of music and the artists who create it.

He’s our guest on The Stew this week.

We’ll cover off tales of how the album came together,  growing up in England, how the British invasion of the 60’s affected his music choices, the life of a musician, the re-release of Armed Forces, the possibility of getting back together with Nick Lowe and a great story of Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen.

The complete 40-minute interview can be heard on the Mulligan Stew Podcast.  On it, he takes us through several tracks from the album,  the joy of being a Father in 2020 and spending time with his family, and his multi-year work on a Broadway play.

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Oh by-the-way, Hour One features a Game Of  Stew Bingo as created by our donor Jocelyn Leszcynski to celebrate her Dad Bob’s 65 Birthday.

If you look below you can see how the game is played.  Why not open a pop and play along.




Mulligan Stew  www.mulliganstew.ca Todays Guest  – Elvis Costello 1:00
Bring it on Home Downchild Blues Band Straight Up 2:55
Respect Yourself Aaron Neville & Mavis Staples Bring it on Home 4:10
Tripped out Slim Trombone Shorty Parking lot symphony 2:19
www.winebc.com Special Guest – Elvis Costello 2:20
I’m on your side Bonnie Riatt Fundamental 3:45
Hoochie Coochie Man Eric Clapton Live on Tour 2001 Staple Centre 4:30
Changes David Bowie Hunky Dorey 3:40
Oh Carol (live) The Rolling Stones Get yer Ya’s Out 3:45
Elvis Costello Interview in 30 minutes www.mulliganstew.ca 4:00
Rememberance Robbie Robertson Sinematic 5:30
crazy love Van Morrison Moondance 2:35
The thrill is gone (live) BB King Live at the Apollo 3:30
Johnny Bye Bye (live) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Songs from around the World 3:40
www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP – Elvis Costello Interview 1:00
Ahead by a Century The Tragically Hip Trouble at the Henhouse 3:45
The Stew on CKUA Radio Next – Eric Clapton – Nina Simone :30
Tulsa Time (live) Eric Clapton Crossroads 2 Live in the 70’s 4:30
I put a spell on you Nina Simone I put a spell on you 2:30
www.mulliganstew.ca NEXT – Elvis Costello 2:00
Elvis Costello Interview Complete Interview on MulliganStew Podcast www.mulliganstew.ca 4:20
We are all cowards now Elvis Costello Hey Clockface 3:36
Elvis Costello Interview Complete Interview on MulliganStew Podcast www.mulliganstew.ca 1:35
Revolution #49 Elvis Costello Hey Clockface 2:41
Elvis Costello Interview Complete Interview on MulliganStew Podcast www.mulliganstew.ca 2:33
Radio is everything Elvis Costello Hey Clockface 4:26
Elvis Costello Interview Complete Interview on MulliganStew Podcast www.mulliganstew.ca 1:10
No Flag Elvis Costello Hey Clockface 4:00
Elvis Costello Interview Complete Interview on MulliganStew Podcast www.mulliganstew.ca :50
TDMulligan – The Stew Year 26 www.mulliganstew.ca 2:00
Elvis Costello Interview – last question Complete Interview  Mulligan Stew Podcast  (spotify etc) 2:45
What’s so Funny about Peace Love and Understanding Elvis Costello Armed Forces 3:32
The Power of Prayer Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band A Letter for you 3:37
Otta Mind. Otta Sight. Wilco Being there 3:10
Long ride home Patti Griffin 1000 kisses 3:34
www.coyotesbanff.com Coming UP – The T’s – T Rex and T Bone Walker 2:25
Cosmic Dancer T-Rex T-Rex 4:30
Shake it baby TBone Walker Sunday Blues 3:07
Thank you for listening – Love you guys check out the Elvis Interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast Spotify – Apple Podcasts – Google Play 1:10
Ain’t misbehaving Cliff Edwards – Ukelele Ike Best of :45

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