Friday, December 02, 2011

Elvis Costello: he's still sticking it to the powers that be

Elvis Costello
I'm definitely having my late 70s/80s moment.  Elvis Costello tells fans not to buy his $225 set.  He tried to get the recording company reduce the price, but was unsuccessful. He used to be disgusted, but now he's amused:

'"Unfortunately, we at find ourselves unable to recommend this lovely item to you as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire," Costello wrote on his website.'

HT Aly Walansky

This isn't the first time that Elvis Costello has stuck it to the powers that be.  Thirty years ago, when he performed in St. Louis, he gave a shoutout to the rival radio station of the one that sponsored his concert.

His aim is true.
In 1978, Elvis Costello was part of the Live Stiffs Live tour that also featured Nick Lowe, Larry Wallis, Wreckless Eric, and the late Ian Dury.

The cover of Live Stiffs Live (1978)
L to R: Larry Wallis, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Wreckless Eric, and the late Ian Dury

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