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This Year's Model , meanwhile, saw Costello expanding his sound significantly, with each instrument coming through as clear and urgent as a warning siren. It was equal parts whispered confession and frantic street corner sermon, and though he never quite reached its apex again, Armed Forces comes very close. As Costello writes in the liner notes to this expanded reissue, Armed Forces marks the first time that he was actually aware of his audience. Perhaps in an attempt to elucidate the web of veiled and convoluted social and personal references running through his first two records, the album is lyrically much more general, and remarkably self-conscious, right from the opening lyric, "Oh, I just don't know where to begin.
This CD is available on Amazon. Get GP free via email! Armed Forces — Elvis Costello. Search Amazon. Some of the music that we were listening to on the road had an icy clean line that came straight out of art school, but it was safe to say there was little danger of Nick allowing us to take this path beyond the adoption of a few instrumental colours, the most prominent of which were Steve Nieve's use of the Polymoog and Jupiter-8 synthesizers.
However, our humour and the tone of the lyrics created something quite unrelated in the finished record. Oddly enough the record was originally supposed to open with " Clean Money ," in an arrangement that owes quite a bit to The Beatles' White Album rockers or more likely to The Beatles-influenced sound of Cheap Trick.
We threw everything at the song: a rock and roll beat that is almost completely absent from the final running order, tracked guitar feedback, a guest background vocal from Dave Edmunds , plus a rare appearance from The Attractions as a vocal harmony group. It's hard to imagine the record opening with this belligerent tone rather than the blindingly obvious first line of "Accidents Will Happen. Meanwhile, two perfectly good tracks were left off of the album.
It's just about redeemed by a very ambitious vocal line and a guitar figure related to Roy Orbison 's " Oh, Pretty Woman. The second song edited out of the final sequence was a modest but heartfelt song to a confidante of mine, written in the exhausted hours when lust requires only sympathy.
It is called " Talking In The Dark. The second part of the song is the most obvious sign of our affection for the Wings single that we always seemed to find on truck-stop jukeboxes. Barney Bubbles ' extraordinary pop-art sleeve design was a unique arrangement of folding panels which also included postcard studies of myself and The Attractions in "character" poses. Pete Thomas is pictured in a "James Bond" stance beside a pink sports car with two girls at his feet.
Not all the other portraits were this frivolous. This was a snapshot of the band on the verge of success, although the source tape from the soundboard gives little sense of the audience or the atmosphere of the show. Three titles were issued on the original E. More songs from that show now complete the sequence on CD 2. I don't know what prompted me to record it, maybe someone was late for the session and I was just filling time.
It was an oddly romantic choice in the circumstances. I just had lousy judgment in such affairs. It was later given away free on a red vinyl single at a show on Valentine's Day of Some might think that appropriate. On the eve of recording this album a girl arrived on my doorstep from America. At best we were strangers with a coy and theoretical entanglement. I thought that she might be coming for a short visit and that I might at least satisfy my curiosity about her. However, she turned up with eight pieces of luggage like a mail-order bride and moved in.
I was too stupid and vain to resist. She'd later claim to have inspired most of the songs on this record — all of which were already written when we met.View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Gatefold Vinyl release of Armed Forces on Discogs.