New Musical Express, December 17, 1977

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New label nets Costello, Lowe


Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, who both walked out of Stiff Records early in the autumn, have become the first artists to sign with the new Radar Records company. The label was launched recently by former United Artists managing director Martin Davis and A & R chief Andrew Lauder, and it's being distributed by WEA.

The long-term Costello-Lowe deal was set up by Stiff Records co-founder Jake Riviera, who left that company at the same time as the two artists, and the agreement is worldwide with the exception of the United States, Canada and parts of Scandinavia.

Costello and his band The Attractions, currently in the charts with one of their last Stiff recordings "Watching The Detectives," are at present on their debut U.S. tour. They return for their three-day pre-Christmas season at London Kensington Nashville (22-24).

Four Hope nights by Stiff package


Stiff Records are presenting a string of four special pre-Christmas package shows next week at London Islington Hope & Anchor, from Monday to Thursday inclusive (19-22). All the label's main artists will be featured during the series — including Ian Dury, The Damned, Larry Wallis and Wreckless Eric.

Entrance to all four gigs is free of charge, in terms of cash — but everyone is being asked to bring along a toy or game, which will then be donated to a sick child in hospital. A spokesman explained: "We are prepared to accept cash donations to the charity, but we would prefer toys."

Stiff are now working on two projects involving their package which toured Britain earlier this year — with Dury, Wallis and Eric, plus Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. The live album, recorded during the tour, is being prepared for February release, and a 50-minute semi-documentary film of the package in action is being edited and Stiff hope to negotiate national release as well as selling it abroad.

Also being finalised is a major American tour in the New Year by a full Stiff package. The bill will be somewhat different from the recent British tour, as Costello and Lowe have now left the label, but it's likely that The Damned will join Dury, Wallis and Eric on the U.S. trek.

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New Musical Express, December 17, 1977

NME reports on EC signing with Radar Records and on Stiff's plans for a Live Stiffs album and documentary.

Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True and "Watching The Detectives" place in the NME Readers Poll.

"Watching The Detectives" is No. 20 on the UK singles chart (page 2).


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NME Readers Poll


Elvis Costello placed in the following categories:

Best New Group / Act

  1. Tom Robinson
  2. The Stranglers
  3. Boomtown Rats
  4. Sex Pistols
  5. Elvis Costello
  6. The Jam
  7. The Clash
  8. The Motors
  9. Television
  10. Generation X
  11. The Tubes
  12. Eddie and the Hot Rods
  13. The Darts
  14. Graham Parker and the Rumour
  15. Tom Petty
  16. Lonestar
  17. The Adverts
  18. Blondie
  19. XTC
  20. X-Ray Spex

Male Singer

  1. David Bowie
  2. Johnny Rotten
  3. Jon Anderson
  4. Robert Plant
  5. Elvis Costello
  6. Peter Gabriel
  7. Freddie Mercury
  8. Lee Brilleaux
  9. Bob Dylan
  10. Ronnie James Dio
  11. Rod Stewart
  12. Phil Collins
  13. Graham Parker
  14. Paul McCartney
  15. Mick Jagger


  1. David Bowie
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Sex Pistols
  4. Jon Anderson
  5. Joe Strummer / Mick Jones
  6. Elvis Costello
  7. Jimmy Page / Robert Plant
  8. Stevie Wonder
  9. Paul McCartney
  10. Jean Jacques Burnel

Best Album

  1. Never Mind The Bollocks – Here’s The Sex Pistols
  2. Heroes (David Bowie)
  3. Going For The One (Yes)
  4. Rattus Norvegicus (Stranglers)
  5. Seconds Out (Genesis)
  6. The Clash
  7. Animals (Pink Floyd)
  8. My Aim Is True (Elvis Costello)
  9. Rumours (Fleetwood Mac)
  10. Marquee Moon (Television)

Best Single

  1. God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols)
  2. Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols)
  3. Watching The Detectives (Elvis Costello)
  4. 2 4 6 8 Motorway (Tom Robinson)
  5. Fanfare For The Common Man (ELP)
  6. Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols)
  7. Heroes (David Bowie)
  8. Do Anything You Wanna Do (Eddie & the Hot Rods)
  9. Peaches (Stranglers)
  10. Complete Control (The Clash)

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