Night Music: Elvis Costello, “Hoover Factory”

This song is not on any regular Elvis Costello album. The first time I heard it was at a friend of my girlfriend’s house somewhere in Connecticut, on a record I was embarrassed I didn’t know existed, a bootleg, and it made a mighty impression. I played it over and over and over that day, and have ever since. When you watch recent live versions you can see how a performer can lose the meaning of the song. But this original is one of the great songs about architecture.

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