FAX 'N' RUMOURS

Not quite a band, but never mind: Jake Riviera has departed from Stiff, talking Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe with him. Ex-partner Dave Robinson will continue to run Stiff (without the services of the Damned), although the future of certain artists is a bit confused at this time. Jake was mum about his reasons for pulling out, but insiders describe the business aspects as "doing his head in." Now that Elvis is available in America, Jake's position seems strong, if a bit unclear.