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Fratellis Still Waiting For Elvis' Word On "Costello Music"

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The title of the Fratellis 2006 debut “Costello Music” was intended as a heartfelt homage to one of the Scottish rock trio’s acknowledged heroes.

But despite the album’s success in the U.K. — including the hits “Chelsea Dagger” and “Whistle For the Choir,” a BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Act in 2007 and a Sliver Clef Award for Best British Band earlier this year — frontman Jon Fratelli says the group never heard from Elvis Costello.

“No, not even once,” says Fratelli (ne Lawler), 29. “Maybe he wasn’t impressed. Maybe it wasn’t his cup of tea. We haven’t heard from him, and we could love to, of course, ’cause we’re big Elvis Costello fans. I hope he sees what we meant by it, that it was an homage.”

The Fratellis haven’t idly been waiting for Costello, however. The group released its second album, “Here We Stand,” earlier this year, enjoying a No. 5 debut in the U.K. (No. 80 on the Billboard 200) and a couple more hits with “Mistress Mabel” and “Look Out Sunshine.” The big difference, Fratelli says, is that the group — which produced “Here We Stand” itself — had considerably more experience than it did on “Costello Music.”

“We were together about seven months and then got a record deal for (‘Costello Music’),” he explains. “In that seven months we must’ve played 11 or 12 gigs, I think. We hadn’t had the time to develop yet or decide what kind of band we were.

“After we put out the (first) album we had a year and a half of touring, and by the end of that time you’re a different band. We knew more about what we wanted — and we knew how to get it, too.”

The Fratellis, Electric Touch and the Airborne Toxic Event perform at 8 p.m. Monday (Sept. 8) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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