I've loved the songs of Dan Hicks since I stumbled on "Where's The Money?" back in 1972.
That was one of Dan's early albums with The Hot Licks and like, "Striking It Rich" and "The Last Train To Hicksville" - filled with swinging music, sharp wit, dark humour and unique melodies like, "I Scare Myself".
He even offered an epitaph, way back when, with the song, "It's Not My Time To Go".
It never will be time.
Elvis Costello has announced west coast US solo “Detour” dates for spring 2016. Costello’s solo dates over the last several years are lauded by critics and fans, called “unforgettable” and “The best showcase of [Elvis’] talent to date.”
Elvis Costello has an almost religious love of popular music and the people behind it, and the intensity of his love informs his eye, ear, timing and choice of words.
I have yet to read the book, but if Mystery Dance is any indication, it will be an exercise in delight and wonder. For all the things Costello is or isn't, has or hasn't been ... he has lived up to Stephen Thomas Erlwine's description of him on AllMusic.com as an utterly fascinating "pop encyclopedia."
Costello’s vast autobiography comes as a treat for this diehard fan of his first five or six albums. It is no surprise that one of the best lyricists of the punk rock wars should be able to deliver an engaging and articulate work.