Costello's Spike proves this Elvis certainly is alive
When the "Elvis Is Alive" craze was reaching its peak last year, a peculiar reversal began sweeping Los Angeles. "Elvis is dead" spread the word in the rock community, a confusion of Elvises that caused many to fear that the man called Costello was no more.
Though the rumor was quickly countered, it is easy to see why some believed it. After all, Costello had long committed himself to a pace of feverish creativity, releasing an album — or two or three — every year, with 15 or so songs per album, followed by tours that were every bit as ambitious as the albums they supported. Since there had been nothing heard from Elvis since September of '86, he must be dead.