Elvis Costello Doesn't Like Modern Rock Music

Elvis Costello is not a fan of modern rock music. Why? Because “the beat is so square”. He continued, “I don’t like much rock music. I like rock & roll. I think if you lose the roll part, a lot of the fun goes out of it.”

Costello also shared that “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 bit or swing a bit, whether it’s rock & roll or actual jazz that swings. You listen to these records out of Nashville, they couldn’t float if you filled them full of water. They just don’t; they’re square and they sound like bad rock records from the nineties. To my ear, they just do. But somebody likes them."

He then shared that he's trying to live by his grandfather's example. “My grandfather – he was a trumpet player – never used to criticize other musicians. I’m trying to live by his example a little better these times and not be so critical of everybody else. But you can’t like everything,” Costello said.

Source: Rolling Stone


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