New Musical Express, December 20, 1980

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Elvis tops Brum superbill


Elvis Costello & The Attractions top one of the most star-studded Christmas rock bills ever assembled at Birmingham's vast National Exhibition Centre on Saturday, December 27, with Madness, Rockpile, The Selecter, Squeeze and UB40 completing the line-up. And this one-off bonanza shines out like a beacon in the gloom, because there ain't much else happening right after the holiday — specially now that Black Sabbath have postponed their tour. The only exception is Siouxsie at Hammersmith on Tuesday (30).

Tour news

Elvis Costello & The Attractions will be headlining an extensive UK tour in the late winter, F-Beat Records confirmed this week. This outing is due to start in late February or early March, and the dates and venues are at present being finalised.

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1980 year in review

Still grumpy: Deeds not words was Elvis Costello's modus operandi. No interviews and no controversial escapades may have projected a low-profile, but Costello continued to tour and record with all the obsession of a workaholic. Whilst others dabbled po-faced with old '60s soul imagery, EC not only rekindled the Spirit Of Stax in his own intense image ("I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down"), but changed record labels twice (from Radar to 2-Tone to F-Beat), demonstrated that it was possible to get 20 tracks on a single album (Get Happy) without losing any sound definition, kept collectors happy with a picture disc single, collated any recorded loose-ends together on a cassette (Ten Bloody Marys And Ten How's Your Fathers) and, above all, still managed to retain his credibility.

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New Musical Express, December 20, 1980

EC in featured in Gig Guide, the Year In Review, an ad for the Dec. 27 show in Birmingham, and an announcement about the 1981 UK tour.


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