Episode 141: Elvis Costello: ‘Armed Forces’




July 26, 2017


All songs from Elvis Costello & The Attractions  Armed Forces (Columbia) 1979

  • “Accidents Will Happen”
  • “Oliver’s Army”
  • “Two Little Hitlers”
  • “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout)Peace, Love And Understanding”


Day three of Elvis Costello week. Today, Jim and Patrick, along with guest Mike Snider (making his fifth, count ’em, appearance), analyze Costello’s third studio album Armed Forces.

FUN FACT: According to engineer Roger Bechirian, who worked with Costello on Armed Forces, “Most of this record was written in hotel rooms or on a tour bus. Every shop front or nightclub sign seemed like a line from a song.”

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