1. Saturday, October 13, 2012

    dear tony, you say you like elvis costello, what is your favourite song? 

    rain in LA

    my favorite song is probably

    i want you

    from blood and chocolate.

    which is great because the performance and the lyrics are just so creepy

    and the production is so raw.

    but for some reason i just love love love beyond belief from imperial bedroom

    an album i dont like as much as others do,

    in fact i think it was his first mediocre album after his first five masterpieces:
    My Aim Is True, This Year’s Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!, Trust

    beyond belief is allegedly made up of opening couplets from unfinished songs

    i really really really hope thats even slightly true

    “Beyond Belief”
    (Costello)

    History repeats the old conceits
    The glib replies the same defeats
    Keep your finger on important issues
    With crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues

    I’m just the oily slick
    On the windup world of the nervous tick
    In a very fashionable hovel

    I hang around dying to be tortured
    You’ll never be alone in the bone orchard
    This battle with the bottle is nothing so novel

    So in this almost empty gin palace
    Through a two-way looking glass
    You see your Alice

    You know she has no sense
    For all your jealousy
    In a sense she still smiles very sweetly

    Charged with insults and flattery
    Her body moves with malice
    Do you have to be so cruel to be callous

    And now you find you fit this identikit completely
    You say you have no secrets
    And then leave discreetly

    [Chorus:]
    I might make it California’s fault
    Be locked in Geneva’s deepest vault
    Just like the canals of Mars and the great barrier reef
    I come to you beyond belief

    My hands were clammy and cunning
    She’s been suitably stunning
    But I know there’s not a hope in Hades
    All the laddies cat call and wolf whistle
    So-called gentlemen and ladies
    Dog fight like rose and thistle

    I’ve got a feeling
    I’m going to get a lot of grief
    Once this seemed so appealing
    Now I am beyond belief