Elvis Costello used to be an angry young man with funny glasses and murder on his mind. Now he’s all grown up and armed with his own talk show — Spectacle, which premieres December 3 on the Sundance Channel.
Costello’s mellowed over the years, but he’s still blunt enough to push his guests toward minor — but delightful — revelations. Here’s Bill Clinton on NWA: “I’d still rather listen to Ray Charles, but I like it.” And on Richard Nixon: “He was so smart, and he had so much talent, but I think he somehow never really trusted other people.” And here’s Lou Reed on “Sweet Jane”: “There’s a secret chord in there.” [Editor’s note: We’ve figured it out for you! It’s D-A-G-Bm-A.] Thirty years ago, the idea that the author of “(I Don’t Want To) Go to Chelsea” would grow up to be a talk-show host would have been laughable. But as Elvis himself sang so many years ago, “What’s so funny ’bout peace, love, and understanding?”
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