Title: Armed Forces
Side One - Accidents Will Happen / Senior Service / Oliver's Army / Big Boys / Green Shirt / Party Girl
Side Two - Goon Squad / Busy Bodies / Sunday's Best / Moods For Moderns / Chemistry Class / Two Little Hitlers
Better cut off all identifying labels before they put you on the torture table...
Elvis Costello's third album Armed Forces arrived in the thick of post punk with a dozen passion, politics and warfare themed tracks all wrapped in a Barney Bubbles package that warranted a post of its own over at Gold Mine Trash.
It features the big single Oliver's Army - possibly the only pop song about mercenaries - and follow up 45 Accidents Will Happen which briefly appeared in an 'accidentally' inside out sleeve in keeping with Bubbles love of mischief.
Green Shirt is on numerous compilations these days but I'm still fond of its nods to Orwellian style surveillance and propaganda both of which seem as pertinent as ever as our media dishes out doublespeak and rewrites the past to fit the present.
Title: Live At Hollywood High
Format: 7" EP
Side 1 - Accidents Will Happen / Alison
Side 2 - Watching The Detectives
Initial copies came with a free live EP recorded at Hollywood High School in LA on the 4 June 1978. The full show has since appeared on CD but this version of Alison is ripped from the vinyl. Even so, the scuffs and crackles are still less annoying than a room full of whooping Yanks...
My aim is true