Sunday, September 14, 2014

Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Watch Your Step

When East Midlands Trains warned its passengers to "Watch Your Step" I used it as an excuse to post the Spencer Davis Group cover of the song of that name by Bobby Parker.

But in the comments on that post Asquith sent to me to this terrific song from Costello's fifth album (and fourth with the Attractions), Trust. Like the best of his early work, it is perfectly poised between beauty and menace.

The video shows a live performance on American television. Elvis Costello was interviewed, and it is amusing to see him encountering a chat show host from another era. Note also that in those days he had far more of a London accent than we are now used to hearing from him.

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