Gabba Gabba Gazette, January 1978

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Gabba Gabba Gazette
  • 1978 January



Elvis Costello

B'Ginnings, Schaumburg

Little Dougie

A nervous wreck mesmerized a full house out in Schaumburg, completely exceeding everyone's expectations and opening with "Welcome To The Working Week," Elvis Costello and the Attractions grew from a tentative beginning into a real hot set, overcoming their sparse instrumentation and delivering a blistering, truly impressive performance.

They played almost every song from My Aim Is True and gave us at least six new songs, most of which struck instantly and were very enthusiastically received. The crowd went wild throughout the show but sat and stood spellbound during the intensely emotional "Alison." Elvis was really spacing out as he sang it and it seemed so personally agonizing that I can see why he doesn't perform "Alison" too often.

Other standout numbers were "Watching the Detectives," "Red Shoes," "Less Than Zero," "The Beat," "You Belong to Me," "Radio," "Lipstick Vogue," Ian Dury's "Roadette Song," and the superb encore, "Mystery Dance," which we were all screaming for as they returned to the stage. The Attractions played very well and gave a vibrantly full sound that I did not expect live — the band is just drums, keyboards, bass, and Elvis on intermittent guitar — but they were a great complement to an extremely bizarre singer/songster, the King, Elvis Costello. B'Ginning's does present some of the best shows around, and for those of us who made it out to Schaumburg that foggy Wednesday nite, we saw why Elvis is King!

The following is Elvis' play list of the intended set, courtesy of a certain Diana Slash, who found it on the dance floor:

 The Beat
 Big Tears
 Blame It On Cain
 You Belong To Me
 Lipstick Vogue
 Working Week
 Red Shoes
 End Of The World
 No Action
 Less Than Zero

 Miracle Man

Actually, also played were "Radio," "Alison," one unknown song, and "Mystery Dance" as the encore.


Gabba Gabba Gazette, No. 6, January 1978

Little Dougie reviews Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Wednesday, November 30, 1977, B'Ginnings, Schaumburg, Illinois.


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