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No. 25: ‘Hoover Factory’ – Elvis Costello (1980)

  • ‘Hoover Factory’ – Elvis Costello (1980)

    Costello dances about architecture

    Wallace, Gilbert and Partners’ Art Deco triumph, built in 1932 on the edge of the A40, is the crowning glory of Perivale and its splendour (‘Must have been a wonder when it was brand new’) is justly celebrated in this song, which mentions its ‘scrolls and inscriptions, like those of the Egyptian age.’ It’s surely the only song about a vacuum cleaner factory ever written? And who would have figured the bile-filled Costello as a fan of one of history’s most decorative architectural phases?

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