It pains me to do this, but Elvis Costello has stepped over the line. The man has always flat-out refused to allow his music to be used in any television commercials, a subtler middle-finger to the man than his famed 1977 Saturday Night Live performance. But, the other night, much to my horror, I saw an ad for Lexus which featured Costello himself (not his music) talking up the finer points of Beethoven in the back seat of the luxury car. It’s pretty cringe-worthy to sit through. Incidentally, his wife Diana Krall, has an equally embarrassing pitch for the car-maker, except she extolls the virtues of jazz.
In other shitty sellout news, if you had wanted to attend the Elvis Costello and the Imposters’ show at the House of Blues in Chicago last night, you could have only bought tickets with a Visa Signature card. No American Express. No Mastercard. No cash. It’s a slippery slope. Once that wallet starts getting fat from the corporate suits, it’s hard to say no. And he and Krall just had twins last year, so maybe times are tight. Either way, both are blatant sellouts.