New Musical Express, August 13, 1977

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New Musical Express, August 13, 1977

Includes a concert review of Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello, Tuesday, August 2, 1977, Eric's, Liverpool.

"(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" is named Single Of The Week and My Aim Is True is "Bubbling Under" on the album chart.

Also includes an ad for Sunday, August 14, Nashville Rooms, London.


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Page scan and photo. Photo by Kevin Cummins.

Fight mediocrity the Elvis way!!!

Elvis Costello / Red Shoes


Single Of The Week

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Big surprise. However, before you yawn, let me advise you to check Elvis out quick if you haven't yet, before all the journalists' hyperbole puts you off. He is great and this really is a stand-out. Produced by Nick Lowe (gee, another big surprise), this is a crafty, medium tempo rocker sung beautifully by the most endearing gawk in rock since Buddy Boy.

But hmmmm. My flatmate thinks it's Tom Petty. I must say it puts me in mind of Manfred Mann elevated by teenage Leonard Cohen imagery: "Oh I used to be disgusted / And now I try to be amused / But since their wings have got rusted / You know the angels wanna wear my red shoes."

The B-side, "Mystery Dance," is Elvis C. meets Elvis P. when he still knew how to shake. Killer boogie with neat variations on a roll-over-and-get-down theme: "Romeo was restless he was ready to kill / He jumped out of the window 'cause he couldn't sit still / Juliet was waiting with a safety net / She said 'Don't bury me 'cause I'm not dead yet.'" I'll be packing this one with my Graham Parker records when they take me to the Old People's Home.

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Chart clipping and advertisement.

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