The other Elvis — king of nerd rockers

April 21, 2011 by Zack Harold
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Allow me to make a bold statement: Elvis Costello is the biggest nerd ever to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If Elvis Presley is the king of rock and roll, Elvis Costello is the king of the nerd rockers.

Exhibit A: Before he hit it big with his 1977 album, “My Aim is True,” he did data entry at a lipstick factory and worked as a computer operator for a bank. He promptly quit those gigs once the rock star thing started to take off.

Exhibit B: His lyrics are clever, cutting and catchy. Even if he gets a little wordy sometimes, he still pulls it off. Wordsmithery = nerdy.

Exhibit C: His glasses. They worked for Buddy Holly but, if you ask me, we have Elvis to thank for all the hipsters wearing “military birth control” eyewear. You know that wasn’t Costello’s intention, though. He just can’t see.

Exhibit D: C’mon, man. This speaks for itself:

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One Response to “The other Elvis — king of nerd rockers”

  1. bradmcNo Gravatar says:

    I think Mike Mills is rock’s nerdiest second or third banana.

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