"Hoover Factory" as written by and Elvis Costello....
Five miles out of London on the Western Avenue
Must have been a wonder when it was brand new
Talkin` `bout the splendor of the Hoover factory
I know that you`d agree if you had seen it too

It`s not a matter of life or death
But what is, what is?
It doesn`t matter if I take another breath
Who cares? Who cares?

Green for go, green for action
From Park Royal to North Acton
Past scrolls and inscriptions like those of the Egyptian age
And one of these days the Hoover factory
Is gonna be all the rage in those fashionable pages

Five miles out of London on the Western Avenue
Must have been a wonder when it was brand new
Talkin` `bout the splendor of the Hoover factory
I know that you`d agree if you had seen it too

It`s not a matter of life or death
But what is, what is?
It doesn`t matter if I take another breath
Who cares? Who cares?


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"Hoover Factory" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentI used to pass this building often. It was derelict ofr years. It's a Tesco supermarket now. Tragic!
    vittoriovampireon June 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Hoover factory on the A40 Western Avenue out of London (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…) has an iconic Art Deco facade, and there was a serious danger that it would be demolished after Hoover moved their production lines out (late '70s?). There was a campaign to get the building "listed" as being of special architectural merit, and I believe Costello wrote this song in support of that campaign.

    As vittoriovampire says, it's now a Tesco supermarket, but the essence of the building remains, perhaps in no small part thanks to Elvis Costello.
    scottmeon August 04, 2009   Link

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