Sounds, 1977-04-02


Now Stiff signs Elvis’ shock

THE LATEST recruit to the Stiff label is Elvis Costello whose debut single, ‘Less Than Zero’ has just been released. London-born Costello’s past is shrouded in mystery although Stiff producer Nick Lowe claims to have met him first in the Liverpool Cavern some years ago. But he vanished again until Stiff plucked him out of oblivion and placed him in a recording studio with a backing group called Showband. Costello is graphically described in a Stiff press handout as "Buddy Holly on acid".