Boston Globe, February 7, 1989

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Elvis Costello releases a topsy-turvy album


Jim Sullivan

For practically a decade, Elvis Costello was the most prolific and penetrating of Britain's new wave-era singer-songwriters. From 1977 to 1986 Costello churned out 11 albums, including two in 1986, the superb King of America and the so-so Blood and Chocolate. Aside from 1987's Out of Our Idiot, the import-only compilation of rarities and B-sides, that's been it until Spike, his Warner Bros. debut, which is set to hit the shops today.

Why "Spike?"

According to Costello's longtime manager, Jake Riviera, they listened to the album and decided it was so weird it was on par with something done by madcap musician Spike Jones. Another reference: veteran English comic …


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The Boston Globe, February 7, 1989


Jim Sullivan reviews Spike.



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