From punk and political commentary to lush ballads, Elvis Costello continues to shape-shift his way along his musical path. Fans of a certain age will remember his abrasive stance with The Attractions, while those newer to the fold will hold him dear for his forays into jazz, country and soaring, orchestral love songs.
Costello is one of the most influential singer-songwriters of his time. With songs such as Oliver’s Army, (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea and Alison in his cannon, his work has been prolific and difficult to pigeonhole.
Other musicians have also enlisted his talents. During his career, he has served for bands including The Specials, Madness and The Pogues and written for groups such as Transvision Vamp. Throw in collaborations with the likes of Burt Bacharach and it’s easy to see how he manages to evade being pinned down.