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Sums up 1978,
This review is from: This Years Model (Audio CD)
Most definetly in Elvis Costellos top three albums . After the honky tonk feel of My Aim is True Elvis and the Attractions (credited for the first time ) decide to rip it up and make their PUNK record.From subjects of fashion and women to politics and facsism this has everything.Beginning with No Action which drives along finishing with the line 'everytime I hold you I just want to put you down' then straight into This Years Girl. By the end of The Beat there is no relenting with Pump it Up . Elvis should write more songs on stairwells where he wrote this in ten minutes . Classic tune. The masterstroke then is to follow up with Little Triggers great genteel song with great wordplay.Side two begins with Hand in Hand a great song with one of Elvis best coda's which runs into Chelsea. Bruce Thomas has his best moment here in his tribute to Bill Wyman which he later repeats with Tokyo Storm Warning 8 years later.Next two songs are not outstanding but fit the album nicely . Then the it all goes off with Lipstick vogue . Pete Thomas or Keith Moon?? Bruce and Steve playing against each other and Little Hands of Concrete getting his say in amongstthe wall of sound in this stomper . The album finishes with the haunting Night Rally. Warning us of the time ahead.
The extra tracks on CD 2 include Costellos best flipside Big Tears with Mick jones guesting,demos of songs to come on Armed Forces ,Costellos attack on the nations airwaves Radio Radio which would be an apt song for today with Pop Idol and the likes. Some honkytonk and alternative versions thrown in this is the complete package.
After losing one Elvis in 1977 ; 1978 showed us Elvis was still very much alive and we all yearn for Elvis to return to those days of rage and anger . New song Alibi sounds promising .Roll on April and his new album.