Fugitive Motel

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. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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