Bruce Thomas – bassist in Elvis Costello’s backing band the Attractions – and the singer-songwriter were friends and even roommates in the early years of the band’s career, despite a rocky start (initially, Costello didn’t even want to audition Thomas because he said he liked Steely Dan and Graham Parker). But Costello fired Thomas in 1996; conventional wisdom holds because of unflattering characterizations of Costello in Thomas’ book The Big Wheel. In 2003, Thomas told Mojo magazine it was actually because of Costello’s jealousy that he was romantically involved with Cait O’Riordan from the Pogues and irritation that he was improvising too much in concert. When asked about Thomas, Costello once said simply, “I only play with professional musicians.”