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Steve Nieve

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Steve Nieve was the longtime keyboardist/pianist/organist for Elvis Costello’s backing music group the Sights, and his versatility and extensive teaching made him a fantastic fit for a lot of Costello’s increasingly ambitious post-Attractions music. Given birth to Steven Nason, Nieve went to the Royal University of Music and effectively auditioned for the Sights in 1977 when he was 19. In 1980, Nieve released his 1st solo endeavor, the EP Theme Music from Format of the Hairdo, which made an appearance on Jake Riviera’s F-Beat label (to which Costello was authorized at that time). Nieve continued release a two appropriate full-length single albums, 1983’s Key pad Jungle and 1987’s Playboy, both for the U.K. Demon label. Among touring and documenting commitments using the Sights (which grew much less and less from the second option fifty percent of the 10 years), Nieve do session use numerous additional fellow new-wavers, including Nick Lowe, Kirsty MacColl, Madness, the Damned, Tim Finn, Nick Heyward, Hothouse Plants, Graham Parker, and Press (who employed Nieve as their touring keyboardist in the first ’90s). Nieve also teamed with ex-Attractions drummer Pete Thomas inside your home music group for Jonathan Ross’ BBC chat show. Through everything, Nieve continued to operate on / off with Costello, more often than the majority of Costello’s aged associates. Through the second option fifty percent of the ’90s, their continuing compatibility reached a fresh level on some acclaimed duo concert trips; Costello revisited the breadth of his tremendous catalog with just Nieve’s elegant, multi-hued playing for accompaniment. During this time period, Nieve also provided solo concerts sometimes, as noted on his Knitting Manufacturer live EP It’s Raining Someplace (documented in 1995, released in 1999). He also constructed two traditional operas, Parasite and Thanks for visiting the Tone of voice; the former was co-written with France cinematographer Muriel Téodori and premiered in Paris, as well as the last mentioned was performed on the 2000 Bell Atlantic Jazz Celebration in NY, featuring Costello as well as the Brodsky Quartet. In 2004, Nieve released his 5th solo disc, Home windows, motivated by his encounters in his many years of touring. In 2007, a documenting of Thanks for visiting the Voice premiered. Nieve came back to solo documenting in 2011 with some piano variants entitled Lazy Stage. He implemented this in 2013 with ToGetHer, a assortment of first tracks and collaborations that highlighted an all-star ensemble, with guests including, Costello, Robert Wyatt, Laurie Anderson, Ron Sexsmith, Vanessa Paradis, and much more.

Quick Facts


Full Name Steve Nieve
Profession Keyboard Player, Film Score Composer
Education Royal College of Music
Nationality English
Awards NME Award for Best Keyboardist
Music Groups The Attractions, Squeeze, Madness
Music Songs Wings of a Dove, The Sun and the Rain, Michael Caine, Everyday I Write the Book, Shipbuilding, One Better Day, Watching the Detectives, The Ghost Train, Man Out of Time, Why Don’t You Love Me, Two Little Hitlers, New Lace Sleeves, Pills and Soap, Mystery Dance, Shot With His Own Gun, Good Year for the Roses, Monkey to Man, Green Shirt, Clubland, Alison, Let Them All Talk, From A Whisper To A Scream, Victoria Gardens, Big Sister's Clothes, Radio, Radio, Strict Time, Keep Moving, Pump It Up, Beyond Belief, Yesterday's Men, Next Time Round, You'll Never Be A Man
Albums This Year's Model, Get Happy!!, Mad Not Mad, The Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Utter Madness, Costello & Nieve, Cruel Smile, The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, Mumu, Windows - Music for Musician(s) and Open Windows, Welcome To The Voice: A Work By Steve Nieve And Muriel Teodori, Lazy Point, ToGetHer
Movies The Turning, Twice Upon a Time, Arrivederci Millwall


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1 Keyboardist.
2 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Elvis Costello & the Attractions) on 10 March 2003.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... 2008-2010 TV Series musician - 9 episodes
Still Crazy 1998 musician: keyboards
The Ghosts of Oxford Street 1991 TV Movie incidental music
Lenny Henry: Lenny Live and Unleashed 1989 Video composer: title music
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross 1987-1988 TV Series keyboards - 18 episodes
Prophet and Lo$$ 1988 Short music producer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Turning 2013/I segment "Commission"
À dix minutes des naturistes 2012 TV Movie
L'épervier 2011 TV Series 6 episodes
Désaccord parfait 2006
Sans plomb 2000
Dressing for Breakfast 1998 TV Series 3 episodes
Holding the Baby 1997 TV Series
Clair de Lune 1995 TV Movie
The World of Lee Evans 1995 TV Series 3 episodes
The House of Windsor 1994 TV Series 6 episodes
The Comic Strip Presents... 1993 TV Series 1 episode
Arrivederci Millwall 1990
Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: Aki Kaurismaki 1990 TV Movie documentary
The Incredibly Strange Film Show 1988 TV Series documentary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ring Finger 2005 performer: "Windows #1" / writer: "Windows #1"
Amnesty International's Big 30 1991 TV Movie performer: "Harvest for the World"
The Ghosts of Oxford Street 1991 TV Movie producer: "Got to Pick a Pocket or Two"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance 2014 TV Movie Himself, The Attractions
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996-2013 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook 2011 Himself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Come Together 2009 Video Himself
Elvis Costello and the Imposters: Live in Memphis 2005 Video documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1977-1999 TV Series Himself / Himself - Elvis Costello and The Attractions / Himself - Member: Elvis Costello and The Attractions
TFI Friday 1996-1999 TV Series Himself
Tonight with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan 1996 TV Series Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 1994-1995 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-1995 TV Series Himself
The Danny Baker Show 1994 TV Series Himself
One Hour with Jonathan Ross 1989 TV Series
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross 1988 TV Series Himself - Performer
Stand by Me: AIDS Day Benefit 1987 TV Movie Himself
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1986 TV Series Himself
The Tube 1983 TV Series Himself
Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Everyday I Write the Book 1983 Video short Himself - The Attractions
Loose Talk 1983 TV Series Himself
Pebble Mill at One 1982 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Himself
The South Bank Show 1981 TV Series documentary Himself
The Russell Harty Show 1981 TV Series Himself
Jim'll Fix It 1981 TV Series Himself
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop 1979-1980 TV Series Himself
The Kenny Everett Video Show 1980 TV Series Himself
Tiswas 1980 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
So It Goes 1977 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
If It Ain't Stiff 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1978-1980 TV Series Himself / Himself - Elvis Costello and The Attractions / Himself - Member: Elvis Costello and The Attractions

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