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Coloring Club Plus — 4/28/19

Apr 28

Apr 28a

Elvis Costello’s This Year’s Model is a 2-CD set, a total of 25 songs.  That’s a lot of music.   Pump It Up is one of those eminently danceable tunes that you can work up a sweat on.

This Year’s Model is Elvis Costello’s second album and his first with the Attractions, released in 1978.

This Years Model features an album cover of Costello glaring from behind a camera. Chris Gabrin, the photographer from the sessions, recalled the shoot:

“The concept of him behind a camera for the sleeve of This Year’s Model had already been chosen, so I decided to equip Elvis with exactly the same tripod and camera as I was using to create a ‘mirror’ for him. Alongside a powerful stereo I kept a large record collection at my Camden Studio, and artists would choose music they enjoyed or were interested in for their sessions. Just as we were about to start shooting, Elvis asked me if I had “Hotel California” by The Eagles, and could I play it? I was puzzled by his choice – until he told me that he loathed the record, but wanted to look really pissed off and angry in the shots! We played the record several times during the session and whilst I directed him, I was also aware of his copying some of my own actions as I took the photographs”.

Gabrin, Chris. “Chris Gabrin: Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model session”. Snap Galleries. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

trivia bits from

Elvis Costello wrote this on the fire escape at a Newcastle hotel during Stiff Records 1977 tour. At the time he was upset that his road-mates were taking the sex and drugs and rock n roll philosophy rather too literally.

Madonna learned to play the drums by playing along to this song.

I’ve been on tenterhooks, ending in dirty looks
List’ning to the Muzak, thinking ’bout this ‘n’ that
She said, “That’s that, I don’t want to chitter-chat”
Turn it down a little bit or turn it down flat
Pump it up, when you don’t really need it
Pump it up, until you can feel it

Down in the pleasure center, hell-bent or heaven-sent
Listen to the propaganda, listen to the latest slander
There’s nothing underhand that she wouldn’t understand
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don’t really need it

She’s been a bad girl, she’s like a chemical
Though you try to stop it, she’s like a narcotic
You want to torture her, you want to talk to her
All the things you bought for her, putting up your temperature
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don’t really need it

Out in the fashion show, down in the bargain bin
You put your passion out under the pressure pin
Fall into submission, hit-and-run transmission
No use wishing now for any other sin
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don’t really need it

Songwriters: Elvis Costello

11 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 4/28/19

  1. Elvis Is King!.. I love the first album but the addition of The Attractions on album II- was a big improvement over Clover who backed him on My Aim Is True. The great songs were just pouring out of Elvis in the late 70’s early 80s!

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    1. I have to agree that the sound is much crisper with The Attractions than how he sounded on My Aim is True. I have both of them home from the L. I also borrowed that Citizen Steely Dan. All I can say is wow. So much that never got airplay that is so good.

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      1. On the Steely Dan Citizen- after you are done with that remember there are two later albums released in the 2000s not included you may want to see if they have those available..

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