Armed Forces

Infobox Album
Name = Armed Forces
Type = studio
Artist = Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Released = start date|1979|1|5
Recorded = start date|1978|8end date|1978|9, Eden Studios, London
Genre = New Wave Punk rock
Length = 40:05
Label = Radar (UK)
Columbia (U.S.) Demon/Rykodisc (start date|1993|10|19 Reissue) Rhino (start date|2002|11|19 Reissue) Hip-O (start date|2007|9|10 Reissue)
Producer = Nick Lowe
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|5|5 [ link]
*Pitchfork (9.5/10) [ 3/3/2003]
*Robert Christgau (A-) [ link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|4|5 [ 11/19/2002]
Last album = "This Year's Model" (1978)
This album = "Armed Forces" (1979)
Next album = "Get Happy!!" (1980)
Misc = Singles
Name = Armed Forces
Type = studio
Single 1 = Oliver's Army
Single 1 date = start date|1979|2|2 cite web |url= |title=Main Single Release Discography |accessdate=2008-08-25 |work=The Elvis Costello Home Page ]
Single 2 = Accidents Will Happen
Single 2 date = start date|1979|5|4
Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = studio

Lower caption = US 1979 and 2002 reissue cover, also known as "paint spatter cover"
Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Promo Single
Type = live

Lower caption = Live at Hollywood High

: "For the military meaning, see Armed forces. For the Soviet sports society, see Armed Forces (sports society)"

"Armed Forces" 1979 was Elvis Costello's third album, his second with the Attractions, and the first to officially credit the Attractions on the cover. It was released in the UK by Records and in the U.S. by Columbia in 1979 (see 1979 in music). The American version deleted "Sunday's Best" and substituted Costello's version of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," which had been released the previous November as the B-side of Nick Lowe's "American Squirm" single, at the end of side two. The album originally had the working title "Emotional Fascism".

Initial pressings of the album in the UK and U.S. included a promotional three-song single, "Live at Hollywood High", which was recorded on start date|1978|6|4. The live tracks, also produced by Nick Lowe, are "Accidents Will Happen," "Alison," and "Watching the Detectives." The UK edition also included 4 postcards featuring pictures of the band.

In 2000 "Q" magazine placed "Armed Forces" at number 45 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. RS500|482

Original LP track listing

All songs written by Elvis Costello, except as noted.

ide one

# "Accidents Will Happen" – 3:00
# "Senior Service" – 2:17
# "Oliver's Army" – 2:58
# "Big Boys" – 2:54
# "Green Shirt" – 2:42
# "Party Girl" – 3:20

ide two

# "Goon Squad" – 3:14
# "Busy Bodies" – 3:33
# "Sunday's Best" – 3:22
# "Moods for Moderns" – 2:48
# "Chemistry Class" – 2:55
# "Two Little Hitlers" – 3:18

Live at Hollywood High Promo single

# "Accidents Will Happen" (Live) – 3:18
# "Alison" (Live) – 3:08
# "Watching the Detectives" (Live) – 5:51

Bonus CD reissue tracks (1993 Rykodisc)

# "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?" (Nick Lowe) – 3:31
# "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 1:28
# "Tiny Steps" – 2:42
# "Clean Money" – 1:57
# "Talking in the Dark" – 1:56
# "Wednesday Week" – 2:01
# "Accidents Will Happen" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:18
# "Alison" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:08
# "Watching the Detectives" (Live at Hollywood High) – 5:51
*"Tracklisting notes: The Rykodisc reissue placed "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?" after a 15 second silence following "Two Little Hitlers."

Bonus disc (2002 Rhino)

# "Tiny Steps" – 2:42
# "Busy Bodies" (Alternate version) – 3:48
# "Talking in the Dark" – 1:56
# "Big Boys" (Alternate version) – 2:56
# "Clean Money" – 1:57
# "Wednesday Week" – 2:01
# "My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers, Hart) – 1:33
# "Accidents Will Happen" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:18
# "Mystery Dance" (Live at Hollywood High) – 2:01
# "Goon Squad" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:42
# "Party Girl" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:19
# "Stranger in the House" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:52
# "Alison" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:08
# "Lipstick Vogue" (Live at Hollywood High) – 4:26
# "Watching the Detectives" (Live at Hollywood High) – 5:51
# "You Belong to Me" (Live at Hollywood High) – 2:39
# "Chemistry Class" (Live solo) – 2:34

Note: The Rykodisc version has the original tracks and bonus tracks on one CD. The Rhino version has two CDs with the original tracks on the first CD.


*Elvis Costelloguitar, vocals
*Steve Nievepiano, organ, synthesizer
*Bruce Thomasbass
*Pete Thomasdrums




External Links

* [ The Elvis Costello Home Page]

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