Music

Elvis Costello & the Attractions

Sample this concert
  1. 1Let Them All Talk02:56
  2. 2The Greatest Thing03:08
  3. 3Mystery Dance03:12
  4. 4Shabby Doll05:18
  5. 5Girls Talk04:27
  6. 6Worthless Thing03:27
  7. 7So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star02:22
  8. 8I Wanna Be Loved05:29
  9. 9Sour Milk-Cow Blues02:46
  10. 10Lipstick Vogue04:20
  11. 11Watching The Detectives06:25
  12. 12Shipbuilding05:05
  13. 13King Horse05:06
  14. 14Beyond Belief04:00
  15. 15Clubland05:36
  16. 16Inch By Inch03:56
  17. 17The Deportees Club03:40
  18. 18Everyday I Write the Book04:44
  19. 19The Only Flame in Town03:45
  20. 20Getting Mighty Crowded04:14
  21. 21Alison04:17
  22. 22Home Truth03:50
  23. 23Pump It Up08:46
Liner Notes

Elvis Costello - vocals, guitar; Steve Nieve - organ; Bruce Thomas - bass; Pete Thomas - drums

Recorded on the tour promoting his Goodbye Cruel World album, this classic King Biscuit Flower Hour performance shows the musical transition Elvis Costello was going through during the mid-80s. His band, the Attractions, had received a facelift with the addition of Gary Barnacle on sax that brightened up many of the new songs in the show, and Costello himself somehow juggles his trademark new-wave sound with the more sophisticated and complex songs he had begun writing and recording at the time.

The classic Attractions line-up consisted of Steve Nieve on keyboards (who, on this tour only, called himself Maurice Worm for some unknown reason), Pete Thomas on drums and Bruce Thomas on bass. Costello and the Attractions had been popular for nearly seven years when this tour was launched, but he had already written and recorded ten albums of mostly short songs. Needless to say, there was a wealth of material to choose from on this tour and some of his greatest songs are featured here. At the time, Costello was enjoying one of the last chart hit singles he would have in his career with "The Only Flame In Town."

Specific highlights include "Shipbuilding," the haunting anti-war jazz song written by Costello and Clive Langer and later recorded by ex-Soft Machine founder Robert Wyatt, a rousing re-vamp of The Byrds '60s classic, "So You Wanna Be (A Rock 'n Roll Star)" and the always energetic "Pump It Up."