Wednesday, April 19, 2006

For years, I thought Elvis Costello’s “Poor Napoleon” was a near-perfect song, except for one incredibly bad line – “Just like that place where they take your spine/and turn it into soap flakes.” Then, last night we watched Out of the Past, starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and Kirk Douglas. I realized that “Poor Napoleon” – full of heightened drama and murmured threats – was perhaps Costello’s ultimate film-noir song, even more than “Watching the Detectives.” That line was just Costello’s version of the kind of thing that would come out of hardened, wised-up gangster's mouth, or his girlfriend’s.

Thank you, Robert Mitchum. Thank you.


Blogger japanesegodjesusrobot said...

You rock Mike. "Poor Napoleon" is an underrated masterpiece of a song.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I love Elvis Costello!

9:46 AM  

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