Today in Old White Guy Opinions: Elvis Costello doesn’t care much about rock music these days. The 67-year-old pop rock legend – who has just released his 32nd studio album, The boy named if – said in a recent interview that he thinks modern rock has lost its spark.
“I don’t like rock music very much,” Costello admitted rolling stone. ” I like rock ‘ n’roll. I think if you lose the roll part, a lot of the fun comes out of that.
The ‘Alison’ singer continued, “When people ask me, ‘What’s your favorite record?’ I usually don’t name any electric guitar records made in the last 30 years because the beat is so square…I like things that float a little or swing a little – whether it’s rock ‘n’ ‘ roll or real swinging jazz or even the way Hank Williams records lope.
Costello went on to say that he thinks most rock music today, especially that coming out of Nashville, “couldn’t float if you filled it with water”. But as an artist himself, he knows his opinions don’t matter much. “My grandfather – he was a trumpeter – never used to criticize other musicians,” Costello added. “I’m trying to follow his lead a little better these days and not be so critical of others. But you can’t love everything.
Luckily for himself, Costello’s own recent releases have maintained some “roll”. The boy called so followed his 2020 album, Hi Clock face.
Earlier this month, Costello revealed he would no longer perform his 1979 hit ‘Oliver’s Army’ live due to controversy over the ‘One more widow, one less white n****’ line. . He also told radio stations to stop playing the track, instead of censoring it.