One week from today, Elvis Costello will be here at BookPeople to speak about his new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, in conversation with Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune. We’re counting down the days to the October 20th event by looking back at Costello’s life in music.
As Costello’s career unfolded, he became what people called the “prototypical angry young man.” But Elvis Costello was never really as angry as he seemed, and Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is a testament to that.
Costello writes: “I could be an arrogant bastard back then. Bravado and alcohol made me amplify whatever was roasting my goat.” He adds: “I was looking to get into all sorts of exciting new trouble.” He made mistakes “so [he] could write stupid little songs about it.”
“Accidents Will Happen” first appeared on Costello’s third album, Armed Forces (recorded with the Attractions). Its chorus exemplifies the “exciting new trouble” that Costello had to break away from, a process he discusses in Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink:
“Accidents will happen
We only hit and run
He used to be your victim
Now you’re not the only one”
Check out this live performance of the song: