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Armed Forces
Armed Forces cover
Studio album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Released January 5, 1979
Recorded Eden Studios, London, August–September 1978
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 40:05
Label Radar Records UK
Columbia Records US
Demon/Rykodisc (October 19, 1993 Reissue)
Rhino (November 19, 2002 Reissue)
Producer Nick Lowe
Professional reviews
Elvis Costello and the Attractions chronology
This Year's Model
(1978)
Armed Forces
(1979)
Get Happy!!
(1980)
Alternate cover
US 1979 and 2002 reissue cover, also known as "paint spatter cover"
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. The album originally had the working title Emotional Fascism. It was produced by Nick Lowe at Eden Studios in West London. Image File history File links The original cover of the 1979 album Armed Forces by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Elvis Costello Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus (born August 25, 1954), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is a popular British musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish descent. ... is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Mike Gardner and Philip Love in 1967 Eden Studios is a commercial recording facility in West London. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Radar Records was the label formed by Jake Rivera in 1978 after he had previously founded Stiff Records. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... After Jake Rivera previously started Stiff Records, Radar Records and F-Beat Records, he founded Demon Records with Andrew Lauder and Elvis Costello in 1980. ... Rykodisc Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Pitchfork Media, usually known simply as Pitchfork and occasionally shortened to P4K or pfork,[1] is a United States-based daily Internet publication devoted to music criticism and commentary, music news, and artist interviews. ... Robert Christgau (born April 18, 1942), is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics.[1] In print, his name is sometimes abbreviated as Xgau. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... Elvis Costello Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus (born August 25, 1954), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is a popular British musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish descent. ... This Years Model (1978) was Elvis Costellos second album, and his first with The Attractions. ... The fourth album by Elvis Costello, his third with the Attractions, Get Happy!! is notable for being a dramatic break in tone from Costellos previous trilogy of commercially successful albums, and for being heavily influenced by R&B and soul music. ... Image File history File links The 2002 Rhino reissue cover for the album Armed Forces by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Armed Forces sports society (Russian: ) was one of the largest sports societies in the USSR. In the Soviet era all CSKA and SKA teams that resided in the Soviet Union belonged to the Armed Forces sports society. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ... Mike Gardner and Philip Love in 1967 Eden Studios is a commercial recording facility in West London. ...


Initial pressings of the US album included a promotional three-song 7" 33⅓ rpm EP, Live at Hollywood High, recorded on June 4, 1978. The live tracks, also produced by Nick Lowe, are "Accidents Will Happen," "Alison," and "Watching the Detectives," which are included on the Rykodisc reissue and on the Rhino bonus disk along with six more songs from the Hollywood High gig. EP can stand for: EP is the IATA code for Iran Aseman Airlines Extended play, a music recording (usually consisting of several tracks, but shorter than a typical album) European Parliament, the parliamentary body of the European Union Evolutionary psychology, a belief that psychology can be better understood in light... Hollywood High School This article is about Hollywood High school, a secondary school. ... is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ...


In 2000 Q magazine placed Armed Forces at number 45 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked number 482 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the magazine. ... The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...

Contents

Original LP track listing

All songs written by Elvis Costello, except as indicated. Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ...


Side one

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

Accidents Will Happen is a song by Elvis Costello. ... Olivers Army is a song written by Elvis Costello, originally performed by Elvis Costello and the Attractions and appearing on the album Armed Forces in 1979. ...

Side two

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

(Whats So Funny Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding is a 1970s song written by English musician Nick Lowe and recorded in the most known version by Elvis Costello & The Attractions. ... Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ...

Bonus CD reissue tracks (1993 Rykodisc)

Live at Hollywood High Promo Single
Live at Hollywood High Promo Single
  1. "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?" (Lowe) – 3:31
  2. "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 1:28
  3. "Tiny Steps" – 2:42
  4. "Clean Money" – 1:57
  5. "Talking in the Dark" – 1:56
  6. "Wednesday Week" – 2:01
  7. "Accidents Will Happen" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:18
  8. "Alison" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:08
  9. "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."

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Bonus disc (2002 Rhino)

  1. "Tiny Steps" – 2:42
  2. "Busy Bodies" (Alternate version) – 3:48
  3. "Talking in the Dark" – 1:56
  4. "Big Boys" (Alternate version) – 2:56
  5. "Clean Money" – 1:57 –
  6. "Wednesday Week" – 2:01
  7. "My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers, Hart) – 1:33
  8. "Accidents Will Happen" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:18
  9. "Mystery Dance" (Live at Hollywood High) – 2:01
  10. "Goon Squad" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:42
  11. "Party Girl" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:19
  12. "Stranger in the House" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:52
  13. "Alison" (Live at Hollywood High) – 3:08
  14. "Lipstick Vogue" (Live at Hollywood High) – 4:26
  15. "Watching the Detectives" (Live at Hollywood High) – 5:51
  16. "You Belong to Me" (Live at Hollywood High) – 2:39
  17. "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.


Personnel

Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Keyboardist Steve Nieve (born Steven Nason in London, England, on February 19, 1958) is best known for his work with Elvis Costello. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... An organ is the following: In anatomy, an organ is a group of tissues which perform some function. ... Bruce Thomas (born August 14, 1948 in Stockton-on-Tees, England) is best known as bassist for The Attractions; the band formed in 1977 to back Elvis Costello on stage and record. ... Look up bass in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Pete Thomas (born August 9, 1954 in Hillsborough, Sheffield, England) is best known as the longtime drummer for Elvis Costello. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard Pop Albums 10

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