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World Cafe Looks Back: Elvis Costello | February 6, 2012

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Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

Monday's session of World Cafe is dedicated to Elvis Costello, a London native who's been reinventing what it means to be a rock musician since 1970. Spanning punk, new wave, underground rock and even bluegrass, Costello has more than 30 studio albums to his name, and has collaborated with many of the world's most talented musicians.

Today, David Dye looks at a 2009 interview following the release of Costello's T-Bone Burnett-produced album Secret, Profane and Sugarcane; a 2006 interview with Costello and Allen Toussaint about their post-Katrina album The River in Reverse; segments from sessions in 2003 and 2002; and a 1993 session with Costello and his keyboardist Steve Nieve.

In the span of Costello's articulate interviews on this episode, listen for his take on the "humbling" experience of singing with Johnny Cash in 1979, the way his vocal collaboration in Toussaint's "Nearer to You" changed the song's meaning, and the influence and encouragement of his father, trumpeter-turned-vocalist Day Costello.

This segment originally aired on October 10, 2011.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Elvis Costello "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love & Understanding" Armed Forces
Elvis Costello "Complicated Shadows" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Elvis Costello "Who's Gonna Help a Brother Get Further" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Elvis Costello "Nearer to You" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Elvis Costello "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding" Armed Forces))

Elvis Costello "Accidents Will Happen" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Elvis Costello "Tart" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Nick Lowe "So It Goes" Jesus Of Cool))

Elvis Costello "You Bowed Down" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Elvis Costello "Man Called Uncle" Recorded Live for the World cafe

Hour 2

The Wallflowers "One Headlight" Bringing Down the Horse
Counting Crows "Round Here" August and Everything After
Counting Crows "Anna Begins" August and Everything After
Primitive Radio Gods "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth" Rocket
Steve Earle & Lucinda Williams "You're Still Standing There" I Feel Allright

((Coldplay "Life In Technicolor" Viva La Vida))

Coldplay "Shiver" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Coldplay "Yellow" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Those Darlins "Be Your Bro" Screws Get Loose))

Polica "Dark Star" Give You The Ghost
Polica "I See My Mother" Give You The Ghost
The Fugees "No Woman No Cry" The Score
Everything But the Girl "Mirrorball" Walking Wounded

((David Bromberg "Hey Bub" Try Me One More Time))