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While all of the "gadget" attention was on the new iPhone launch this week, Classic Rock fans were left scratching their heads over Elvis Costello's surprise appearance. Elvis played three songs, including an early, kinder version of "Radio Radio."
The song has a different title than the one you might know from Costello's This Year's Model album. It's called "Radio Soul" and he wrote and recorded a demo of it in 1975 while a member of the country band Flip City. He told the crowd at Apple's Cupertino, California headquarters that "When I first got into the business, I thought radio was great. This was my imaginary song about radio before I learned how foul it is."
That line left me and a lot of fans scratching our heads. Although it shares a few lyrical phrases with the vitriolic "Radio Radio," it's a positive look at the medium that ends with the line, "I believe in the radio soul."
Costello opened with "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding." Before closing with "Tripwire," from his upcoming album with The Roots, Wise Up Ghost, he said, "Here’s a new song, from an album we’re just about to release next week. See? I’ve got product announcements!"