Elvis Costello releases single written for film
New song ‘You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way’ was made for forthcoming movie ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’
London-born musician, singer-songwriter and producer Elvis Costello has released the brand new song You Shouldn’t Look At Me that Way, which he wrote, orchestrated, performed and recorded for the forthcoming movie Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool. Based on Peter Turner’s memoir about his relationship with eccentric Academy Award winning actress Gloria Grahame, the upcoming film stars Jamie Bell and Annette Bening.
It’s no coincidence that Costello was keen to write a song for the project as he was already intrigued by Gloria Grahame’s life story. Producers Barbara Broccoli, Colin Vaines and director Paul McGuigan caught an Elvis Costello show at the London Palladium and saw Grahame’s picture appear on the visuals during the song Church Underground.
“You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way is a song dealing with two people who have a lot of secrets,” explains Costello. “They were in a relationship and perhaps had difficulty seeing each other as they really were. All lovers have secrets. One lover has some vanity but also a lot of vulnerability. The title really came from that. It could refer to a seductive gaze but also a plea not to be judged.”
Directed by Paul Mcguigan, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort.
The single is available to download now via Verve/Decca Records: Verve.lnk.to/ECYouShouldntLookAtMeThatWay