The full article is not available, but here are some excerpts in which Elvis responds to questions:
On selecting obscure covers instead of famous ones:
"...but say you decided you were going to do "Cryin'" by Aerosmith. You
could do a great R&B version of that, as I'm sure they had in their
minds when they wrote it. But you'd have to wait a few years before
everybody didn't have an image of Steven Tyler in leotards in their head
on first hearing."
On the album's approach to the songs:
"All these songs have got stories to tell, and by approaching them
differently, you do draw out something that maybe the writer had in the
back of his mind, or maybe he didn't have it in his mind at all."
On the Kojak Variety musicians:
"Whenever we got together, we got kind of a group sound. Obviously, after
five years, you develop some kind of understanding, and I didn't feel
we had a record of that band with individual members taking a turn in
the spotlight. When you've got James Burton along and you've only
recorded one guitar solo on him, that's something of an oversight."
On Duran Duran's cover of Watching The Detectives:
"It sounds like Duran Duran doing Watching the Detectives to me, with
everything that entails."
On Blur's cover of Oliver's Army:
"An English group that is very big in England and hasn't yet seemed to
charm anybody in America did a version of Oliver's Army that is great.
I went out of fashion for quite a while in terms of younger bands doing
my material. You'd be hard-pushed to find any younger artists a couple
of years ago who would have admitted to holding one of my records, let
alone recording them. But it seems, as it always does, to be switching
back a little bit now. There's a few people starting to acknowledge my
On Bob & Hilary James' Baby Plays Around:
"Bob James? No, I don't even know the name. He did the music for Taxi?
Oh, I like that song. ...Wow, I'd love to hear that."
"I've never actually plugged my computer into the wall. You've got to
remember, I got out of computers to get into music, so I'm not in a big
hurry to go back."
On the WWW Elvis Costello Home Page:
"There's only so much I would find interesting about anybody, so I find
it hard to imagine that anybody would be interested in that amount of
detail about me. But it's very flattering."