Book: Black Swan Green
Author: David Mitchell
Music: Oliver’s Army
Composer/Artist: Elvis Costello and the Attractions
I’m a big fan of Elvis Costello. I just love his wordplay. I think this is the first song I remember hearing from him and I loved it. Some of his great lines that come to mind are ‘She told me she was working for the ABC News / It was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use’ from King of America, ‘When England was the whore of the world and Margaret was her Madam’ from Tramp the Dirt Down, and ‘There’s a place where time stands still / if you keep taking these little pink pills’ from Battered Old Bird, but that’s just a handful. I went to see him a couple of years back at Carnegie Hall when he played a wonderful solo set. A friend told me about a gig he went to where all the band’s song were listed, spoke-like, on a big spinning wheel like the Wheel of Fortune and the setlist was decided on the fly by a spin of the wheel. If it landed on the same song twice they played the same song twice.Shows amazing command of your back catalogue. Sounds like fun.