I could count the number of times I’ve heard Elbow on the radio in the car on one hand. I’m talking actual music tracks, not interviews on NPR or somesuch.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I heard “Fugitive Motel” on the radio when I was leaving the grocery store this evening.

I was skipping through stations, and Elbow was there wherever the radio landed. (Google tells me it was Annapolis’ 103.1, WRNR. I must have been very close to the edge of its broadcast radius in Hunt Valley.)

I’ll blow you a kiss
It should reach you tomorrow (reach you tomorrow)
As it flies from the other side of the world
From my room in my fugitive motel
Somewhere in the dust bowl (somewhere in the dust bowl)
It flies from the other side of the world

A beloved song from the first Elbow album I bought, Cast of Thousands, in early 2004.

Years later, I found the album on eBay, autographed by Guy Garvey and Mark Potter. I paid over sixty dollars for it. It was worth it.

I can increase my total by one, but even then, I can still count the number of times I’ve heard an Elbow song on the radio on a single hand. :)

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