Darren Jessee on Elvis Costello Rocktropolis article - circa 1998

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Not much going on with Ben right now, so here's a BFF article from the archives. By archives I mean "randomly found in an REM newsgroup". I just liked what Darren was saying about Elvis Costello.



   In a break with their recent tradition of playing the radio hit "Brick" on every television show in America, Ben Folds Five will perform an as- yet- undecided Burt Bacharach song on an upcoming TNT network tribute to the famed pop composer. Set to tape April 8 (and scheduled to air later in the year), the special will also feature Dionne Warwick and Elvis Costello, among others.

   Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jessee says that, for the band, Costello's participation was one of the main inducements to doing the show. "I never in my life thought I'd meet Elvis Costello," he says. "We've all decided that we'd like to go to a cookout with Elvis. We'd all just kind of stare at him and freak him out. It would freak us out just to be around him."

As for "Brick," which the band has, in the last two months, performed on Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, VH1's Crossroads and, in one memorable two-day period, both The Tonight Show and The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, Jessee wouldn't mind never having to perform the song on television again. "I don't know if [the audience] minds, but at some point, you have to be a tastemaker yourself and realize that people don't want to hear the same song over and over," he says. "At some point, it gets kind of sick, you know?"

-Allison Stewart


So smooth you can hear the beard.