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Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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London, England (1977 – 1984, 1994 – 1996)

Elvis Costello & The Attractions was a critically acclaimed and band formed by English musican Elvis Costello in 1977. Producing famous work in the genres of and music, it also contained Steve Nieve (ne Nason) on keyboards, Pete Thomas on drums, and Bruce Thomas (no relation) on bass. Costello recorded and toured solidly with them until 1984, when he disbanded them to pursue solo projects.

Internationally, the band is perhaps best known for popular rock hits such as “Oliver’s Army” and “Pump It Up”, both featuring expressive yet sardonic vocals from Costello. He reconvened the band for one-off albums and tours over the following decade, particularly from 1994 through 1996. He has also enlisted Nieve, and to a lesser extent Pete Thomas, for other recordings and performances, and this continues to the present day. Costello and Bruce Thomas have had a notoriously stormy relationship, documented in Thomas’ 1990 autobiographical novel ‘The Big Wheel’. The original Attractions reunited for the ‘Brutal Youth & All This Useless Beauty’ sessions despite Costello and Thomas’ differences. Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve, along with Bruce Thomas’ replacement Davey Faragher, have been a part of Costello’s other most well known backing band, The Imposters.

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  • bingbongbilly

    It takes two to tumble, it takes two to tango.

    17 Mar 10:42am Reply
  • ralfsu

    Blood & Chocolate is amazing!

    15 Mar 8:01am Reply
  • twajjo

    I sure wish Last.fm still counted scrobbles;but they don't. Must be nice to suck.

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • MotownTrash

    porcelain_tree You speak the truth.

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    (20 tracks on original release. I've never heard expanded rereleases.)

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    Over the years I've listened to This Year's Model and Armed Forces the most, but Get Happy deserves a special mention for sheer quality, song after song. Most artists would kill for 2 or 3 songs of that caliber on an album, and Get Happy has 20 of them. Killer.

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Parisblues

    Elvis C tu as deja passe ton audition. tu dois y croire tu t'imagines que tu es un aspiro a clito c'est simple ! oui un t juste un gonfleur de clit ! NExt !

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • marcbackman

    Armed Forces is my fav! :)

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • baratkarl

    Imperial Bedroom.

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • alphabetagaga87

    Get Happy!! \o/

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • audio_cl

    This Year's Model \o/

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    This Year's Model \o/

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • aFonderReel

    What is everyone's favourite album? Let me know! :-)

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    Almost Blue is a very special concept album... if you can call it that... my fave Costello.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • microkittycat

    @Findlaye yes, it's so hard to respect the fact that Elvis happened to fall in love with a strong-willed, funny, down-to-earth person who shares his passion for music. no, wait - turns out it's not. you're right though, it's irrelevant. he doesn't need your respect.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Findlaye

    Utterly irrelevant really but I respect him a little less since he married Diana Krall. Costello had the musical wisdom to recognize the Bacharach potential ... How could he fall in love with that atonal sex kitten? Yep, should have married Burt :-)

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • JimmyCos

    Yeah i liked him a lot, maybe the best author of the new wave era

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • JimmyCos

    For some reason i have never listened to Costello... This will be my first time, in 12 more days i'll say if i liked him or not

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • AledMCR

    Almost forgot how amazing Elvis and the Attractions are, currently on a Costello-binge...

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
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