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Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Armed Forces album

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Armed Forces is the third studio album by British musician Elvis Costello, released in the UK by Radar Records and in the US by Columbia in 1979. The album had the working title Emotional Fascism.

Elvis Costello And The Attractions ‎– Armed Forces. Label: UMe ‎– 602547331083. Series: Back To Black –. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 Gram Vinyl, 7", EP All Media, Reissue. Country: UK. Released: 30 Oct 2015.

After releasing and touring the intense This Year's Model, Elvis Costello quickly returned to the studio with the Attractions to record his third album, Armed Forces. In contrast to the stripped-down pop and rock of his first two albums, Armed Forces boasted a detailed and textured pop production, but it was hardly lavish. Perversely, while the sound of Costello's music.

The third album by Jack and Meg White was the right dynamite for a mainstream breakthrough. Jack’s Delta-roadhouse fantasies, Detroit-garage-rock razzle and busted-love lyricism, as well as Meg’s toy-thunder drumming all peaked at once. 496. Boz Scaggs, ‘Boz Scaggs’. Elvis Costello and the Attractions, ‘Armed Forces’. Costello‘s third album is all tightly wound paranoia. The concept is personal politics; the original title was Emotional Fascism, and one song is called Two Little Hitlers. The keyboard-driven sound of Accidents Will Happen helped define New Wave.

Though Armed Forces is in many ways the most conceptually aggressive and confrontational of Costello's first three records, it doesn't carry with it the same immediacy of his first two releases, 1977's My Aim Is True and 1978's This Year's Model, on which he came as a man with something to prove. There's something intensely subversive about My Aim Is True with its undercurrents of anger and frustration providing a foundation for his synthesis of pop melody, country twang, and punk energy.

Elvis Costello & The Attractions Oliver's Army. Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Armed Forces 1979 Big Boys.

Album by Elvis Costello & The Attractions. Accidents Will Happen. Sunday's Best (on UK release). What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding (on US release). Bonus disc with 2002 Rhino re-release.


A1 Accidents Will Happen 3:00
A2 Senior Service 2:17
A3 Oliver's Army 2:57
A4 Green Shirt 2:56
A5 Big Boys 2:39
A6 Party Girl 3:20
B1 Goon Squad 3:15
B2 Busy Bodies 3:31
B3 Sunday's Best 3:23
B4 Moods For Moderns 2:49
B5 Chemistry Class 2:55
B6 Two Little Hitlers 3:10
C Watching The Detectives 6:07
D1 Accidents Will Happen 3:23
D2 Alison 3:06

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – Warner Communications
  • Record Company – Radarscope Records Ltd.
  • Record Company – WEA Records Ltd.
  • Licensed From – Riviera Global Record Productions Ltd.
  • Made By – WEA Musik GmbH
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Riviera Global Record Productions Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Riviera Global Record Productions Ltd.
  • Published By – Street Music
  • Published By – Plangent Visions Music Ltd.


  • Producer – Nick Lowe
  • Written-By – Elvis Costello


Made In Germany By WEA Music GmbH
A Warner Communications Company

Original fold-out box-cover hold together by a sticker with a drawing of a handgrenade.
On this sticker the text ''Free EP inside'' appears.
Removing or cutting this sticker makes it possible to take the inner sleeve with the record out.
The inner sleeve is action-painted.

Original pressing comes with 4 postcards depicting the 4 members of the Attractions. The back reads "Don't Join - Postcard"

The EP is housed in a separate picture sleeve. (G & L)
An Alive Production issued under license from Riviera Global Record Productions
Street Music (C2, D), Plangent Visions Music Ltd. (C1)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC5454
  • Other (Cat # of bonus EP): SAM 90
  • Other (Cat # of bonus EP): RAD 17289
  • Matrix / Runout (Label C): SAM 90-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Label D): SAM 90-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout C etched): WEA ∙ 17289 ∙ A X
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout D etched): WEA ∙ 17289 ∙ B X

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
RAD 14 Elvis Costello And The Attractions* Armed Forces ‎(LP, Album, Fol + 7", EP) Radar Records RAD 14 UK 1979
208767, RAD 14 Elvis Costello And The Attractions* Armed Forces ‎(LP, Album) WEA, Radar Records 208767, RAD 14 Argentina 1979
RCD 20273 Elvis Costello And The Attractions* Armed Forces ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, Club) Rykodisc RCD 20273 US 1993
S 90.110 Elvis Costello & The Attractions Armed Forces ‎(LP, Album) Radar Records S 90.110 Spain 1979
1R1 6944 Elvis Costello & The Attractions Armed Forces ‎(Reel, Album, 4 T) Columbia 1R1 6944 US 1979

Comments: (1)
Look here:https://www.discogs.com/Elvis-Costello-The-Attractions-Armed-Forces/release/2006528This was not issued separately in Germany. Also, it's not a maxi single.Unless this is materially different to the free 7" with the LP, then it should be deleted.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Armed Forces album
New Wave, Rock & Roll
Performer: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Title: Armed Forces
Category: Rock
Country: UK
Released: 1979
Rating: 4.5/5
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