Elvis Costello: The Quiz

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Elvis Costello Quizzes & Trivia

Test your knowledge of Elvis Costello, whom Nick Paumgarten writes about in the November 8, 2010, issue of The New Yorker.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In his piece in the magazine, Nick Paumgarten talks about Costello’s alter egos. Which of the following is not one of them?
    • A. 

      Henry Coward

    • B. 

      Napoleon Dynamite

    • C. 

      The Beloved Entertainer

    • D. 

      Howard Coward

  • 2. 
    How does lemonade factor into Costello's life?
    • A. 

      It was his drink of choice when he quit alcohol.

    • B. 

      He and his father recorded a television commercial for lemonade.

    • C. 

      He and his wife always keep it in the refrigerator; it’s their twin boys’ favorite drink.

    • D. 

      The word “lemonade” is part of the title of one of the first songs he ever wrote (as yet unreleased).

  • 3. 
    “Music critics hate me and love Elvis Costello because they all look like Elvis Costello.” Which singer said this?
    • A. 

      Steve Perry

    • B. 

      Bret Michaels

    • C. 

      Bryan Ferry

    • D. 

      David Lee Roth

  • 4. 
    Costello's song "Alison" was modelled in part on "Ghetto Child," by the Detroit Spinners, a group popular in the nineteen-seventies. Which of the following is another Spinners single?
    • A. 

      “Mighty Love”

    • B. 

      "He'll Never Love You Like I Do"

    • C. 

      "This Is Your Life"

    • D. 

      "Marionette"

  • 5. 
    Which of the below television shows has Costello appeared in?
    • A. 

      “30 Rock”

    • B. 

      “Will and Grace”

    • C. 

      “Two and a Half Men”

    • D. 

      “Treme”

  • 6. 
    Who tells Paumgarten that Costello “can toss off an album in an afternoon”?
    • A. 

      Diana Krall

    • B. 

      T Bone Burnett

    • C. 

      Paul McCartney

    • D. 

      Jake Riviera

  • 7. 
    Nancy Franklin wrote in the magazine about Costello’s collaboration with Burt Bacharach. In which movie did the two musicians appear together?
    • A. 

      “Notting Hill”

    • B. 

      “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”

    • C. 

      “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”

    • D. 

      “Love Actually”

  • 8. 
    Which Costello song has the following lines: “With only the blue light of the TV on / Lip reading threats and false alarms / There's a boy somewhere holding hands with himself.”
    • A. 

      "Human Hands"

    • B. 

      "Little Triggers"

    • C. 

      "Tramp the Dirt Down"

    • D. 

      "Radio, Radio"

  • 9. 
    On which album did "Everyday I Write the Book" originally appear?
    • A. 

      "This Year's Model"

    • B. 

      "Get Happy!!"

    • C. 

      "My Aim Is True"

    • D. 

      "Punch the Clock"

  • 10. 
    Costello had two Top Forty hits in the United States. Which of the following is one of them?
    • A. 

      “Veronica”

    • B. 

      “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes”

    • C. 

      “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”

    • D. 

      “Watching the Detectives”

  • 11. 
    Costello sings a cover of “Baby It’s You” with Nick Lowe as a bonus track on “Goodbye, Cruel World.” Which are the following songs can also be attributed to Lowe?
    • A. 

      “Cruel to Be Kind”

    • B. 

      “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”

    • C. 

      “Beat of Your Drum”

    • D. 

      “The Space Between”

  • 12. 
    The writer Bret Easton Ellis named two of his novels after Costello songs. Which are they?
    • A. 

      “Veronica“ and “Love Went Mad”

    • B. 

      “Less Than Zero” and “Sleep of the Just”

    • C. 

      “Imperial Bedrooms” and “Less Than Zero”

    • D. 

      “Clubland” and “God’s Comic”

  • 13. 
    In the book “High Fidelity,” what are Rob’s top five favorite Elvis Costello songs?
    • A. 

      “Alison,” “Little Triggers,” “Man Out of Time,” “King Horse,” “Everyday I Write the Book”

    • B. 

      “Man Out of Time,” “Satellite,” “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes,” “How to Be Dumb,” “Pump It Up”

    • C. 

      “Watching the Detectives,” “No Action,” “High Fidelity,” “Little Savage,” “All the Rage”

    • D. 

      “Accidents Will Happen,” “Man Out of Time,” “Brilliant Mistake,” “I Want You,” “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror”

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