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Elvis Goes Mellow?

Tim Footman, Flipside, 1999

IT'S A TOUGH JOB, but someone's gotta do it. Declan Patrick 'Aloysius' McManus, aka Napoleon Dynamite, aka The Imposter, aka Tiny Hands Of Concrete; a man who once said "The only two things that matter to me are revenge and guilt"; a man who created (in 'I Want You') the most terrifying depiction of psychotic obsession in the history of recorded sound; a man whose odyssey from a neurotic, fucked-up, punk Buddy Holly to the curmudgeonly fortysomething Godfather of eclectic pop has left scores of hapless journos watching their Dictaphones melt before his scorn... well, anyway, Elvis Costello is about to talk.

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