New Musical Express, August 11, 1984

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The Only Flame In Town

Elvis Costello And The Attractions

Paolo Hewitt

Nothing to add to the spot on review the LP received last week except that Goodbye Cruel World sounds more like a man hurrying out of his contract. "The Only Flame" is one of the very few times on the LP where Elvis exudes a conviction and a purpose within this gorgeous music, where he doesn't sound like a parody of ... Elvis Costello. A keenly observed song about the power balance which exists in relationships, it carries a weight that Costello seems to have temporarily misplaced elsewhere. Perhaps he just wants to be loved.

Advertisement for "a month of Mondays," October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, 1984.
Hammersmith Palais, a month of Mondays

Tags: The Only Flame In TownGoodbye Cruel WorldThe AttractionsMcCabe's Guitar ShopSanta MonicaT Bone BurnettJohn HiattRichard ThompsonJackson BrowneWarren ZevonRy CooderSo You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll StarHammersmith Palais

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New Musical Express, August 11, 1984

Paolo Hewitt reviews "The Only Flame In Town"; a full page ad for the single runs on pg. 26.

T-Zers reports on the McCabe's Guitar Shop 10th anniversary show, June 30, 1984, Santa Monica, California featuring Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, John Hiatt and others.

Goodbye Cruel World is No. 34 on the album chart (pg. 4).

A 6-column by 2-inch ad for the Hammersmith Palais residency (Oct. 1-29) runs on pg. 32.


page 15, "The Only Flame In Town" review page 47, T-Zers page 26, The Only Flame In Town full page ad
Clippings and advertisement.

Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnette

McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica



Later in LA, McCabe's said goodbye to its star booking agent Nancy Covey with the combined talents of Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnette, Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne (whoo-eee!), Ry Cooder, John Hiatt and more — none of whom are participating in the Olympics. Costello, tellingly enough, led a joint ending to the evening with "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star."

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Charts Singles

Cover, page scan and clipping.
Cover Nick Lowe lp review Nick Lowe


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