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Elvis Costello: Armed Forces

Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 January 1979

IN The Devil Finds Work, James Baldwin opined that white people's hatred of blacks is based on terror, while black people's hatred of whites is based on fear. Without wishing to debate that particular point (as an explanation for anything at all, it seems entirely too neat and slick to be entirely convincing or satisfactory), it remains plausible to a large extent that Elvis Costello's much-vaunted hatred of most of the unknown universe in based on a volatile combination of both.

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