Colby College Echo, April 1, 1989

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Costello to jam at Colby

Elaine Jorgensen

Elvis Costello, a 12-year pop music veteran riding high on the recent release of a widely-acclaimed and much-anticipated new album, brings his complex blend of musical styles to Colby College's Wadsworth Gym on Saturday, April 8 at 8pm.

Spike is a collection of 15 new Costello originals touted by Newsweek as "artfully constructed and eclectic... electric music of daunting dissonance" with "an aura of folklike simplicity." The release has enjoyed phenomenal critical and commercial success since it first appeared in record stores a few months ago.

Signed in 1976 by Stiff Records, Elvis burst onto the scene in 1977 with a hot backup band, ("The Attractions") and the single "Alison" and the follow-up LP My Aim is True. The next ten years provided immense success for Costello's prolific, varied works.

The British popster began to blend various styles and artists in the formulation of his music almost immediately in his career. A strong country and western influence was first manifested in 1979's Armed Forces, and 1981's Trust and Almost Blue brought the emergence of Costello's "Nashville Sound."

Elvis' style defies labels, however. The political tone of the highly controversial "Pills and Soap" of 1983 and 1984's "Free Nelson Mandela" are contrasted with the buoyant melodies of 1979's "Accidents will Happen" and 1983's "Everyday I Write the Book." His live shows have proved to be inevitable sellouts around the world, and his show at Colby looks to live up to all expectations for an exciting concert.

Tickets for the April 8th appearance of Elvis Costello are $12. They will be on sale starting March 19.


The Colby Echo, April 1, 1989

Elaine Jorgensen profiles Elvis Costello ahead of his solo concert, Saturday, April 8, 1989, Wadsworth Gym, Colby College, Waterville, ME.


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Photo by Keith Morris.

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