Smash Hits, June 9, 1983

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Elvis Costello

Singer/songwriter/occasional producer. Born DecIan McManus, 25/8/54. London, son of dance band singer Ross. Record collector and Beatles fan club member from an early age. Played in pub group Flip City in mid-'70s while supporting wife and child as a computer operator. Rejected by most record companies, found a home at Stiff in 1976. Manager Jake Riviera suggested change of name; launched on a punk-drunk London, swiftly gained a reputation for combining the fervour of the times with classic songwriting craft, as demonstrated on numbers like "Watching The Detectives" and "Oliver's Army." Seven years later his standing has increased but the hits are harder to come by, particularly in the USA where his lack of diplomacy (and refusal to do interviews) has won him all sorts of enemies. A master of the unexpected, he made a country album in Nashville in 1981. His mainstream records are still more furious and memorable than almost anybody's, but signs are he's mellowed in the years since 1977 when he told an interviewer: "the only emotions I really understand are guilt and revenge."

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Smash Hits, June 9 - 22, 1983

The Who's Who supplement includes a profile of EC.

Smash Hits asks stars what they would do if they were Prime Minister.

Bitz holds a contest to win a signed copy of "Pills And Soap."


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What would you do
if you were Prime Minister?

Elvis Costello

Imagine it. Election day rolls around and YOU get voted in. What changes would you make to This Great Nation Of Ours? That's what we asked a few famous faces and got some surprising answers.

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"It Maggie wins again, I think I'd just take all the programmes off the air and just play Stevie Wonder's 'Heaven Help Us All' for the next 24 hours."

Photo by Keith Morris.
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Photographer unknown.
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Cover, page scan and clipping.


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