Costello Specs #5: (September 1997)

The Rise and Fall of (MacManus)

by Richard Arthur and Dave Pannell

 

 

 


This issue we present the statistics on ECís recording career from the songwriting perspective. The table and graph show how many different songs have been officially released with Declan MacManus or one of his alter egos credited as a songwriter (assisted in some cases by one of a number of partners). Releases by artists other than EC are included even if Elvis hasnít (yet) released the song himself. No song appears twice; songs with both live and studio versions or songs released by more than one artist get no extra credit. Where EC has subsequently released a song originally performed by another artist, the year of release of ECís version is listed in preference. We have included as separate entries releases by Dusty Springfield ("Losing You" Ė different title), Roy Orbison ("The Comedians" Ė different version), Christie Moore ("The Deportees Club" Ė different version) and EC doing "Deportee" (different title/version) and "The World and his Wife (live)" (radically different version).

Songwriting credit

Number of songs

Costello

166

MacManus

87

Costello/Harvey

44

McCartney/MacManus

12

ManManus/Brodskys

12

MacManus/OíRiordan

10

Costello/Langer

2

Blades/MacManus

2

Others

15

Total

350

The graph below show the distribution of these releases over time. The year refers to the year of release, not recording. It is interesting that the original professional persona of Costello has returned to the fore after nearly a decade with MacManus in the ascendancy in songwriting credits. It is also noteworthy that if we ignore the two instrumental albums written with Richard Harvey and the songwriting relationships with a variety of Brodskys. ECís most prolific partnership has been with Paul McCartney.


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