Tom Petty E-Book

Good news, everybody. Endeavour Press, my co-conspirators in endlessly detailing the songs of rock’s finest artists, have just published an e-book on my Tom Petty list. It’s called Breakdown: Tom Petty’s 100 Best Songs. As I will be taking down many of the Petty essays from the blog, it will be the only place to read the complete list, so I encourage all TP fans to give it a look see, especially considering the very affordable price. Here are the Amazon links:



If you do purchase the book and you’ve got a minute, please write a review on Amazon and, if you’re on the UK Amazon site, hit the “Like” button.

As for the blog, I promise my Radiohead list is in the offing real soon, and I’m starting to think about exclusive blog content of some sort to give something back to my loyal readers who have been with me since the start. Talk to you all soon.

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A Request From Your Humble Blogger

I wanted to take a little time to thank everyone who has already purchased my e-book on the songs of Elvis Costello. It’s been in the Top 50 in sales for music e-books since its release, which is a great start, and I know it’s because of my loyal readers.

Those of you who have purchased it and read it can do me a real favor by going on the Amazon page for the book (Pump It Up: Elvis Costello’s 100 Best Songs) and writing a review (good or bad.) It helps the book get in front of more eyes if it’s reviewed often. In addition, those of you who use the UK Amazon can also click “Like” on the Amazon page right next to the title, which will also help out the book when it comes to search engines and such. Here are the links:



I’d much appreciate your help with this. As for the blog, expect the Radiohead list coming in the next week or two. Thanks again, and talk to you all soon.

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Elvis Costello E-Book Available Now

Well, folks, it’s available now. For those of you who enjoyed the Elvis Costello countdown on this blog, the e-book of the list is now for sale via Endeavour Press in London (does tha make part of “London’s Brilliant Parade?” Here is the link:

As you’ll see when you click on it, the price is right, so buy it and you can keep my humble opinions for posterity. And stay tuned for more where that came from in the weeks and months ahead.


The Big News

I hinted during the wrap-up for my Elvis Costello list that it was due to live on in another form. I can report now that Endeavour Press of London is publishing the Costello list as an e-book. As soon as it goes live, I will be back on the blog with the link so that you all can purchase it.

Unfortunately, that means that I’m going to have to remove the bulk of the list from the blog, although I will keep a few up as a kind of preview. I hate to do this, but, obviously, people won’t pay for things that they can easily get free. I promise that the price will be extremely affordable, and, if it does well enough, I’ll hopefully make enough bucks to produce these lists full-time and keep the site much more active than it is now.

The Costello list is the tip of the iceberg. My Tom Petty list is also scheduled to be published by Endeavour, and, for those who prefer to read about their icons in old-school format, copy and paste this into your browser:

As you can see, things are moving pretty fast, and it’s extremely exciting for me. I know none of it would be possible without the support I’ve received from the readers of this blog. And I hope you’ll all be patient with me as I remove some of the entries that I’ve written so as to facilitate bigger sales of the books and e-books coming out. I hope that those of you who are fans of those lists will appreciate the opportunity to have them at your fingertips in an easily digestible format, and maybe shell out a few shillings for this opportunity.

As I said, I’ll be posting as soon as the Elvis Costello e-book is available. Thanks again, and talk to you soon.

(The full Elvis Costello list is now available in e-book form. Here is the link:)

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Wrapping Up Elvis Costello…and What’s Next

Wow. I am overwhelmed by the response that the Elvis Costello list has garnered. I don’t think I realized going into it the level of passion and loyalty that his fans possessed. It has been so much fun interacting with all of you and going back and forth about which songs deserved a better ranking and which I might have overrated and so on and so forth. To a person, all the people who reached out with their opinions via the comments section of this blog, through the message board of the Elvis Costello fan forum, or through e-mail, they have all been knowledgeable, insightful, and respectful. Thank you all who did comment in that manner, and thanks to all who just read along.

Throughout the countdown, many have mentioned songs that they felt deserved to be on the list but didn’t make it. I’ve tried to reply as much as possible about whether these specific songs were close to making it or why they didn’t. I will take the time now to address a few specific songs which got a lot of buzz.

In my other lists, I was surprised by the amount of response to certain songs being left off, but I knew going in that my omission of “I Want You” was going to be the controversial one here. This is a subjective exercise, obviously, but I ultimately felt that the song carries a pretty low degree of difficulty compared to the Costello songs which made the list. I understand what Elvis was doing with the song and he achieves that goal of creating that uneasy gray area where desire turns to obsession and then turns even darker. That said, I think he achieves that a few lines into it and the rest feels like overkill. The best Elvis Costello songs couldn’t have been written by anybody else. I don’t get that feeling about “I Want You.”

Another big bone of contention was my omission of some of the ballads from King Of America. Let me start by saying that King Of America is one of my Top 5 Costello albums, and the reason for this is I feel it achieves a cohesive mood better than probably any of his other LP’s. “Sleep Of The Just” and “I’ll Wear It Proudly” are integral to this cohesion and, thereby, to the success of the album. On their own, they sometimes feel like individual songs taken out of a longer piece, even though there is no narrative involved with King Of America. When I hear them individually, I enjoy them for their tender music and the affecting refrains (especially “Sleep Of The Just,” which just missed) but the lyrics in the verses don’t resonate in the same way without its cohorts on the album.

Off the top of my head, here are some of the songs which came real close to inclusion, and bear in mind I’m likely to forget some:

“Miracle Man,” “Radio Sweetheart,” “Hand In Hand,” “Living In Paradise,” “Big Tears,” “Clowntime Is Over,” “High Fidelity,” “Hoover Factory,” “Worthless Thing,” “Poisoned Rose,” “Suffering Face,” “Crimes Of Paris,””Satellite,” “All Grown Up,” “This Sad Burlesque,” “The First To Leave,” “Clown Strike,” “Rocking Horse Road,” “It’s Time,” “World’s Great Optimist,” “Tart,” “Alibi,” “Radio Silence,” “Still,” “Ascension Day,” “The Sharpest Thorn,” “Go Away,” “Jimmie Standing In The Rain,” “Church Undergound,” “A Slow Drag With Josephine,” “That’s Not The Part Of Him You’re Leaving.”

That’s about 30 off the top of my head that I hated to leave off (along with “Sleep Of The Just” and “I’ll Wear It Proudly.”) Which brings me to my next point: How deep the Costello catalog is. I’ve been a fan for a quarter-century, but I never listened to his albums all at once like this, so it surprised even me when I calculated the sheer number of great songs this guy has written. Simply staggering. And I hope that’s what casual fans will take away from this project.

Now for some good news: I just received word today that this Costello list may live on in another form. Nothing definite yet, but stay tuned and I’ll give you more details when I get them.

As for what’s next on the blog, I’m going to take a brief break, two to three weeks probably, before starting another list. Since I have to get ready to go back to my full-time job in a few weeks, it will be hard to do a list from scratch, so the next order of business will be rehashing a Radiohead countdown from a website for which I used to write. That will just be a matter of editing and adding the songs from The King Of Limbs, so I could have it up and running quick before I decide my next artist (and I’m taking suggestions. I might not listen to them, but I’m taking them.)

I hope this post answers some of your questions about the Costello countdown, and feel free to ask me specific ones, to which I’ll attempt to reply. Again, thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for all the kind words and for being such great fans. Talk to you all soon.

(The full Elvis Costello list is now available in e-book form. Here is the link:)

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