Elvis Costello has stopped playing his late 70s hit Oliver's Army, and he wants radio to stop playing it too. There's a phrase in the lyric, arising from the troubles in Northern Ireland, that can still hurt and offend, so Elvis is retiring one of his best known songs.
He's not the only one. R.E.M never did Shiny Happy People in concert, because Michael Stipe hated it. Foo Fighters refused to play their hit, Big Me, because fans threw lollies at them when they did. Rolling Stones, Sinead O'Connor, Madonna, Radiohead, Genesis, they've all got hit songs they tired of and abandoned/
Richard is a writer, podcaster, radio and TV broadcaster, an editor, and a lover of music. He tells the stories of how great songs are made, and of the people who make them.