Rock’s Death Songs
Cynthia Rose, The History of Rock, 1982
ON 16 FEBRUARY 1979, Elvis Costello and the Attractions performed Leon Paynes 1974 country anomaly Psycho at Hollywoods Palomino Club and, late in 1981, the live recording appeared as an ironic B-side on Costellos UK release of the C&W classic Sweet Dreams. Like Paul Evans 1979 novelty single Hello This is Joanie, it represented a resurrection for one of rocks hardiest forms: the morbid death song.
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