Posts Tagged ‘Elvis Costello and the Attractions’

Song Of The Day – 10/23/11

Song Of the Day – “I Wanna Be Loved” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

The first line of the liner notes written by Elvis Costello for the reissue of this album reads: “Congratulations! You’ve just purchased our worst album.” An accurate assessment due mostly to the then-trendy production by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. However, it is a good collection of songs as evidenced by the demo versions released on the reissue.

Edited: October 23rd, 2011

Song Of The Day – 12/26/10

Song Of The Day – “TKO (Boxing Day)” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

What seemed like sound production decisions made 27 years ago, do not always hold up today. Case in point is Elvis Costello’s 1983 album “Punch The Clock.” Featuring then-trendy production by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley (known for their work with Madness and Dexy’s Midnight Runners), the addition of a horn section in the form of the TKO Horns and female backing vocals by Afrodiziak, practically sank what was a pretty strong collection of Costello tunes.  That leaves us with the tunes, including “Everyday I Write The Book,” “Shipbuilding,” “Mouth Almighty,” “The Invisible Man,” “Shipbuilding,” and this song chosen more for its relationship to the day of the year than any other reason.  Boxing Day, of course, is the day after Christmas in England… All in all, the album hasn’t aged so well…but the songs still hold their own.

Edited: December 26th, 2010