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Elvis Costello & The Attractions


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London, United Kingdom (1977 – 1984, 1994 – 1996)

Elvis Costello & The Attractions was the band formed by Elvis Costello in 1977. It comprised Steve Nieve (ne Nason) on keyboards, Pete Thomas on drums and Bruce Thomas (no relation) on bass. He recorded and toured solidly with them until 1984, when he disbanded them to pursue solo projects.

He reconvened the band for one-off albums and tours over the following decade; in particular from 1994 through 1996. He has also enlisted Nieve - and to a lesser extent Pete Thomas - for other recordings and performances, and continues to do so to present day. Costello and Bruce Thomas had a notoriously stormy relationship, documented in Thomas’s autobiographical novel The Big Wheel in 1990. The original Attractions reunited for the Brutal Youth & All This Useless Beauty sessions despite Elvis and Bruce’s differences. Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve, along with Bruce Thomas’ replacement Davey Faragher, now form Costello’s current backing band, The Imposters.

Together, Costello and The Attractions, from London, UK, recorded 10 albums, most of which are critically regarded as among Costello’s finest. They are: This Year’s Model (1978); Armed Forces (1979); Get Happy (1980); Trust (1981); Almost Blue (1981); Imperial Bedroom (1982); Punch The Clock (1983); Goodbye Cruel World (1984); Blood and Chocolate (1986), and All This Useless Beauty (1996). The full band plays on some, but not all, tracks on the 1994 release Brutal Youth, which is credited to Costello alone.


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  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    21 Feb 9:15pm 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
  • DeadKinks

    My Aim is True is unique and still my favourite, but he really found himself with The Attractions. This Year's Model, Almost Blue and many of their live shows are just impeccable.

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    the greatness of the Attractions is the main reason why This Year's Girl is so much better than My Aim is True (in my opinion)

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • orianabella

    @RemoteRemote- "forever an influence and connection to my Dad." me too, me too.

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
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