As time has worn on and Elvis Costello steadfastly refuses to die and also keeps making genre stringent regurgitations his star has lost some of it’s luster. And that’s a shame as he’s one of the greatest songwriters in popular music history. There was a time when Costello could fart in a cup and critics around the world would fawn over it as a “genuine breakthrough in gas recording” But those days are decades past and now only old fuckers listen to Costello. Again, a damn shame. Here’s a quick primer playlist. It’s in no way definitive. It’s just a bunch of tracks I happen to love. If this wets your whistle at all I strongly suggest going back to 1986 and listen to both Blood And Chocolate and King Of America. And marvel that these very disparate albums came out in the same year. It’s no Future or Young Thug…but still, impressive.

  • Saul_Wright

    His first two albums are God-Tier for me but I’ve never been able to get too into his stuff after that. I’ll hit up this playlist!

  • lobster man

    I’ll be honest. I have slept on this guy. Is it ok to say my favorite Costello song is “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”?

    • Blochead4real

      It’s def one of mine. But in all honesty it’s his mid period that people really sleep on. There was a time when he was absolutely flawless. His 1980-1986 output is just unreal. King of America remains my favorite album but there are at least 7 albums that true snobs would call essential.

      • lobster man

        I’ll do some listening.

      • Saul_Wright

        @blochead4real:disqus Have you heard this live album from 1978?

        Fuckin kickass. I never understood why people would call him punk until I heard this shitkicker of a record.

  • DFrye

    Is ‘Suspicious Minds” on this playlist? Great song and message.

  • raptor jesus

    In college, I solo hosted my very first radio show. A few months in I realized we had a phone in the studio because it rang so loud it startled me. I answered the phone sheepishly, “Hello?”

    “Yeah, is this the radio station on campus?”


    “What are you playing right now?”

    “Uhhh… something new from Elvis Costello.”

    “Huh? Uhhhh… could you play something good?”

    “Ha! Well… what do you want to hear?”

    “You got that new Green Day?”

    “Yeah… I do. I’ll throw it on.”

    “Cool man.”


    • Doris Montgomery

      that was me. thanks for spinning american idiot

      • raptor jesus

        Boulevard of Broken Dreams 4 life

        • Blochead4real

          You’re ruining my GenX moment. The bof of ya.