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Elvis Costello and the Attractions

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Hall of Fame Essay


Ashley Kahn

In some ways, 1977 is almost ancient history now, back when a skinny-tied, gap-toothed, Fender-banging Buddy Holly look-alike from England formed a band, called it the Attractions and dared to name himself after the King of Rock & Roll.

At first, Elvis Costello seemed a part of punk’s spit and audacity, his music spinning aggression into slashing riffs with lyrics that became slogans of the season. “I’m not angry - anymore,” he claimed through clenched teeth. “Everything,” he charged, “means less than zero.” “My aim,” he promised in the title of his debut album, “is true.”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2003
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his songs have no musical boundaries

Elton John

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