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Declan Patrick McManus, known professionally as Elvis Costello, is an English singer-songwriter. He was the former member of the Attractions and the Imposters.

Costello was one of the acts at the forefront of the new wave movement, though unlike many new wave artists, he's been able to keep his fame and popularity going by experimenting with styles, even writing an opera and a traditional jazz album. He's also had his share of controversy, with his battles with alcoholism and his unsavoury comments (immediately apologized for) about Ray Charles among others. He's got a reputation as a bit of a self-centered jerk, though in songs like "Lipstick Vogue" and many cuts on Imperial Bedroom, if you take the lyrics at face value, it makes one wonder that perhaps no matter how much you hate Elvis Costello as a person and how much Elvis Costello hates someone else, he might hate Elvis Costello even more. Many people consider his work with Attractions as his best work, though his other albums are often popular as well—particularly his collaboration with Burt Bacharach, Painted From Memory.

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