North Park College News, May 7, 1982

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North Park College News
  • 1982 May 7

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I'm Your Toy

Elvis Costello

Bruce Lange

I never understood why Elvis decided to record an album of country music, Almost Blue, in 1981. The very concept of "country" music would alienate most of his fans — why would the new king of cool lower himself to the rhinestone and okra level? Yet, this three-song 45 rpm record shines. The A-side was recorded live with a full orchestra and pedal steel guitar. The syrupy lyrics evoke images of redneck bars and semi-literate workers reverently describing the best-looking girls they've been able to talk into bed. It's nice. Of the two songs that comprise the B-side, a spontaneous rendition of Johnny Cash's "Cry Cry Cry" stands out. "Wondering" sounds like a funeral march played by a roller skating rink organist.

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The College News, May 7, 1982


Bruce Lange reviews the single for "I'm Your Toy."

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