Elvis Costello, whose new album My Aim Is True is released this week, has a single "Red Shoes" released on Friday.
The records mark a new deal between Stiff Records and Island Records for pressing and distribution. This means the Stiff catalogue – Damned Damned Damned, Bunch Of Stiffs and Nick Lowe's Bowi EP – is available immediately. Stiff singles up to the Adverts' "One Chord Wonder" have been deleted.
The first 1,000 copies of My Aim Is True contain a "Help Us Hype Elvis" leaflet. Firstcomers will thus be able to send a FREE album to the person of their choice for just the cost of postage.
Costello also goes on the road this week to promote the album with a new band, The Attractions – Peter Thomas (drums) ex-Chilli Willi And The Red Hot Peppers, Bruce Thomas (bass) ex-Quiver and Steve Mason (keyboards).
Dates are Manchester Arches July 21, London Dingwalls 26, London Hope and Anchor 27, Huddersfield Poly 29, Liverpool Erics 30, Coventry Mr Georges August 4, Middlesbrough Rock Garden 5, Redditch Tracy's 6, London Nashville 7, 14, 21, Plymouth Leisure Centre 23, Scarborough Penthouse 26, Dudley JBs 27, London Nashville 28, Edinburgh Tiffany's 31, Falkirk Maniqui Ballroom, Sept 1, London Nashville 4.