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Album cover parody of My Aim Is True (With Bonus Disc) by Elvis Costello
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This is the most recent information about Elvis Costello that has been submitted to amIright. If we have more information about Elvis Costello, then we provide a link to the section where it appears (the actual page whenever possible).

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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Elvis Costello/Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and The Attractions

Quotes:

"There's no money back guarantee on future happiness." - Elvis Costello
Submitted by: Alex Aerni
"Good manners and bad breath get you nowhere." - Elvis Costello
Submitted by: Alex Aerni
There are additional music quotes available.

Jokes:

If we all go to jail for illegally downloading music, I hope they at least separate us by artist or genre. I want to be placed in the Elvis Costello section.
Submitted by: Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni
What has 200 legs and 100 pairs of glasses? The front row at an Elvis Costello concert
Submitted by: Alex Aerni
There are additional music jokes available.

Band Name Origins:

  • Originally Declan MacManus, he chose the stage name by combining Elvis Presley with his mother's maiden name. Submitted by: Eschewy
  • His real name is Declan McManus, from a long line of Irish musicians. The other description about using Elvis Presley's name and his Grandmother's maiden name are correct. The current incarnation of the Attractions have been titled The Imposters. Submitted by: Feldes

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: Declan Patrick McManus. Submitted by: geojones

Also known as: Declan Patrick MacManus. Submitted by: Colin

Weird Names of Music Performer's Children:

  • Matthew, Dexter, and Frank - I know that none of these three names are weird or unusual at all, in any way. In fact, they are all extremely normal, common names that I'm sure you all hear practically every day. But Elvis Costello is my favorite musical artist of all time, which is why I love posting about him here at AmIRight. He has twin sons, Dexter and Frank, who are currently eight years old, born in 2006, with his current wife who is none other than the great jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall. He also has a much older son named Matthew from his first marriage to Mary Burgoyne. After his marriage to Mary ended in the mid-1980s and before he married Diana in 2003, Elvis was married to Cait O'Riordan, who had been the bassist for The Pogues, and they were married from 1986 until they split in 2002, but Elvis and Cait did not have any children together. Submitted by: Alex Aerni

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Flattered Old Bird""Battered Old Bird"Tess O. Gosset
"Shattered Old Bird""Battered Old Bird"Tess O. Gosset

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Everyday I Write The Book,"He writes the same book every day?Peter
"The World And His Wife,"The world is not human, male, or married.Alex Aerni

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer," Elmo and Patsy"Accidents Will Happen," Elvis Costello
"The Reflex," Duran Duran"Pump It Up," Elvis Costello
"Where's Captain Kirk?," Spizzenergi"Living In Paradise," Elvis Costello
"Who's That Girl?," Madonna"Veronica," Elvis Costello
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Seep Of The Just" originally "Sleep Of The Just"
Peter
"Seep Of The Just" originally "Sleep Of The Just"
Peter
"The Cooked Line" originally "The Crooked Line"
How does one cook a line, anyway?
Alex Aerni
"Money To Man" originally "Monkey To Man"
Carlito Syrichta
"Monkey To Ma" originally "Monkey To Man"
Carlito Syrichta

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Shot With His Own Gunk" originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni
"Shot With His Town Gun" originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni
"Shot With His Gown Gun" originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni
"Shot With His Down Gun" originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
As opposed to his up gun?
Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni
"Shot With This Own Gun" originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Shot With His Own Bun" originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
Peter
"Shot With His Own Sun " originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
Peter
"Shot With His Own Gut" originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
Peter
"Shot With His Own Gum" originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
Peter
"Show With His Own Gun" originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Oliver's Army""Cameron's Army"Jim Berry
"Oliver's Army""Oliver's Restaurants"Kankurette
"Veronica""Harmonica"Warren Baker
"Alison""Anderson"John A. Barry
"Pump It Up""Suck It Up"Warren Baker
"Waiting for the End of the World""Hiding in the Tree Like a Squirrel"metaphorsbwithu
"Less Than Zero""Dress Like Zorro"metaphorsbwithu
"Watchin' The Detectives""Watchin For Infections (the Nurse Ballad)"Malcolm Higgins
"This Year's Girl""This Year's Toy"Rex Ungericht
"Watching The Detectives""Blocking The Inspections"Malcolm Higgins

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Sour Milk Cow BluesVegan advocacy groupFiona Pear
Battered Old BirdKentucky Fried ChickenAlex Aerni
Harpies BizarreLoose Women promopickle
Almost BlueSmurfs cartoon showVic George
Pump It UpBicycle PumpsIndra.v
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Accidents Will HappenAnything potty-training relatedbrainstem
Radio RadioSinclair or Infinity BroadcastingTim Hall
It's Been A Good Year For The RosesClassic Rock Magazinepickle*
Accidents Will HappenNASCARnewave
Accidents Will HappenService King Collision RepairBig Mark
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Who Wrote The Book Of Love
   The Monotones
Everyday I Write The Book
   Elvis Costello
Everyday I Write The Book Of Love
Tarzan
Valerie
   Steve Winwood
Veronica
   Elvis Costello
Valerie And Veronica
Edward
Fell In Love With A Girl
   White Stripes
Veronica
   Elvis Costello
Veronica Fell In Love With A Girl
I knew there was something suspecious about her!
B.C.
Love Hurts
   Roy Orbison
Twenty-Five Fingers
   Elvis Costello
Love Hurts With Twenty-Five Fingers
Ladies..... I feel your pain.
Hed Automatican
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Elvis Costello Ate My Baby
Elvis Ate My Baby combined with Elvis Costello
Submitted By: JeReMy
Abbott & Costello
Gregory Abbott combined with Elvis Costello
Not exactly the same people, sadly...but those are the two performers' respective last names.
Submitted By: John
Abba and Costello
Abba combined with Elvis Costello
Okay, I stole this idea, but it had to be on the list.
Submitted By: Rick Duncan

Misheard Lyrics:

"Veronica"
Misheard Lyrics:
Well I used to know a girl that I used to know
And her name was Veronica
Original Lyrics:
Well I used to know a girl and I could've sworn
That her name was Veronica
"Radio Radio"
Misheard Lyrics:
They say you better listen to the boys of reason.
Original Lyrics:
They say you better listen to the voice of reason.
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
We could send you two Joes and a Burt.
Original Lyrics:
We could send you to Johannesburg.
"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
Olive Assami is on the way
Original Lyrics:
Oliver's army is on the way.
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Oliver's Army"
Misheard Lyrics:
London is full of apps
Original Lyrics:
London is full of Arabs

Story about this misheard lyric by: Alex Portnoy-WoyWoy, NSW, AUSTRALIA

The way Elvis Costello sings it, I always thought he sang about "Apps" (job applications)

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"What's so funny about Peace Love and Understanding"
Better Lyrics:
What's so funny 'bout Eli and Petyon Manning
Original Lyrics:
What's so funny 'bout peace love and understanding
Submitted by: Tom

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Brilliant Mistake"
The Funny Lyrics:
She said that she was working for the ABC News
It was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use
Why They're Funny:
Elvis recorded this in the 80s--if he thought they hired ditzy newscasters back then, I wonder what he thinks of the current crop of lip-glossed loons...
Submitted by: Doug
"Radio, Radio"
The Funny Lyrics:
You better do as you are told.
Why They're Funny:
If he had followed this advice, he never would have played this song on SNL in '77.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Watching The Detectives"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Red dogs under illegal legs
Why They're Nonsensical:
What in the world is this line supposed to mean??!?
Submitted by: ParaGlock
"She"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
She may not be what she may seem inside her shell.
Why They're Nonsensical:
What is she, a turtle?
Submitted by: Rpollck

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"How To Be Dumb"
The Insulting Lyrics:
And beautiful people stampede to the doorway
Of the funniest f***er in the world
Why They're Insulting:
Elvis wrote this song as an insult to his bassist in his backing band The Attractions, Bruce Thomas, who, from what I've read, had written a book in which he dissed Elvis by calling him fat and smelly.
Submitted by: Alex Aerni
 

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Mystery Dance"
The Dirty Lyrics:
I can't do it anymore and I'm not satisfied. I can't do it anymore and I'm not satisfied. Well I remember when the lights went out and I was tryin' to make it look like it was never in doubt. She thought that I knew, and I thought that she knew, so both of us were willing, but we didn't know how to do it.
Why They're Dirty:
The entire song is about a frustrating first sexual experience. "Mystery" is obviously a reference to the young man's not knowing anything about sex.
Submitted by: Jonathan M
"Love Went Mad"
The Dirty Lyrics:
I wish you luck with a capital F
Why They're Dirty:
Way too obvious. We all know that if you replace the "L" at the beginning of the word "luck" with an "F," you get a certain four-letter word. A two-year-old could probably figure that out.
Submitted by: Alex Aerni

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Jack of All Parades"
The Lyrics:
Once I knew a girl that looked so much like Judy Garland
Who They Mention:
Judy Garland
Submitted by: Adrian Smith
"Oliver's Army"
The Lyrics:
Though it could be arranged
With just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear
Who They Mention:
Winston Churchill
Submitted by: Paul
There are additional celebrity lyrics available.

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Indoor Fireworks"
The Song Lyrics:
But they can dazzle or delight
Or bring a tear
When the smoke gets in your eyes
Song They Mention:
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by The Platters
Submitted by: Alex Aerni
"Suit Of Lights"
The Song Lyrics:
And I thought I heard "The Working Man's Blues"
He went out to work that night and wasted his breath
Song They Mention:
Working Man's Blues - Merle Haggard
Submitted by: Tania WYEP

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Party Girl"
Opening Lines:
They say you're nothing but a party girl
Comments:
Submitted by: Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni
"Almost Blue"
Opening Lines:
Almost blue, almost doing things we used to do
Comments:
Submitted by: Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"No Act Ion" originally "No Action"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Lips Tick Vogue" originally "Lipstick Vogue"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Butt On My Lip" originally "Button My Lip"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Al Is On" originally "Alison"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Ali's On" originally "Alison"
Submitted by: U. Carrie Oats

Band Name Anagrams:

Toss Vile Cello Submitted by: Daisy Pappus
From a horror movie about a demon-possessed cello?
Ill Elves Scoot Submitted by: Bob Oldhart
Sell Solo Civet Submitted by: Bob Oldhart
Civet: a nocturnal mammal native to Africa & Asia.
Voice Sells Lot Submitted by: Evan
Ill Steve's Cool Submitted by: Quyjibo

There are additional Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"Wealthy Megan Ann Wears Red Shoes" originally "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"
Submitted by: Nancy
"I'm Containable" originally "Blame It On Cain"
Submitted by: Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni
"Botanical Mine" originally "Blame It On Cain"
Submitted by: Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni
"Into Imbalance" originally "Blame It On Cain"
Submitted by: Elsie (formerly Alex) Aerni
"Anna Lets Megan Wear Red Shoes...Why?" originally "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"
Submitted by: Alina

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"Oliver's Army"
The Lyrics:
Hong Kong is up for grabs
London is full of arabs
We could be in palestine
Overrun by a chinese line
With the boys from the mersey and the thames and the tyne
.......
.......
If you're out of luck you're out of work
We could send you to johannesburg
Why:
Hong Kong London Palestine Mersey, Thames, Tyne Johannesburg
Submitted by: Paul
 

Songs That Are Banned:

"Oliver's Army"
Banned by the BBC during the Gulf War
Submitted by: Evan

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Welcome To the Working Week" Length: 1:22
The leadoff track to his debut album, My Aim Is True.
Submitted by: Todd W. Zimmerman

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Got With His Own Shun" originally "Shot With His Own Gun"
Submitted by: Ned MacCamden
"Every Day I Bite the Rook" originally "Every Day I Write the Book"
Submitted by: Samantha Wayland
"Bum And Drone" originally "Drum And Bone"
Submitted by: Alex Aerni
"Hole For Sire" originally "Soul For Hire"
Submitted by: Alex Aerni
"Hole For Sire" originally "Soul For Hire"
Submitted by: Alex Aerni

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Nearly Scotching His Career"
In March 1979 Elvis Costello was in a Holiday Inn bar in Columbus, Ohio and he was slushed big time and in an argument with Stephen Stills and Bonnie Bramlett. he referred to Ray Charles a “blind, ignorant n***er” and James Brown a “jive-ass n***er.” This got printed and his reputation was in danger. He apologized and made a lame excuse of "trying to get out of a stupid conversation". He then participated in the charity event “Rock Against Racism”, which he had done before and since. Ray Charles expressed forgiveness by saying that "drunken talk shouldn't be printed".
Submitted by: American Attraction
"Being banned from SNL"
Elvis Costello & the Attractions were banned from Saturday Night Live for 20 years for performing "Radio Radio" instead of "Less Than Zero" in a 1977 episode.
Submitted by: dxman

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Less Than Zero"
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

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