POLL For Tender - the Elvis Costello- Get Happy!! Poll

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+1 to frogbs, I think Black and White World, it’s such a refreshing step-up stylistically amidst the feel of the album— it may be rhythmically? I think there’s a dif version on 10 Bloody Mary’s that I may like more but i am far adrift from elvis listenership right now.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:14 (six months ago) link

For some reason I thought that was the one released as a single on 2-Tone, but that was "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down."

According to Record Collector (No 91): " Costello had been signed to Radar in 1978, via a licensing deal from Riviera Global Productions. Radar collapsed towards the end of 1979, and so Elvis's manager Jake Riviera alighted upon the Specials' 2-Tone label as an ideal venue for a holding operation - a one-off single - until Elvis sorted out a deal for the Get Happy!! album. WEA, who had distributed Radar, were less than delighted: they felt they had a stake in Costello's career by virtue of the success of the records they had distributed for him, and so they obtained a court injunction to stop the 2-Tone single being sold.

By March '80, the situation was clarified: F-Beat was set up by Riviera as an independent company, but WEA continued to distribute their records. In the meantime, there were several thousand 2-Tone singles to dispose of. These were handed out free to the audience at a London's Rainbow Theatre gig. Several months later, Riviera pressed up a few thousand more of the 2-Tone singles, and these were given away at London and US gigs".

Jerry Dammers offers a slightly different take on the story behind this single: “Jake Riviera cheekily printed up a few thousand Elvis Costello singles on the 2 tone label, obviously thinking that I would be delighted to have such a major star on the label, but I was having none of it, 2 Tone being a strictly ska at that time. So Elvis was forced to give these singles away free at his gigs (now collector’s items, of course). (Record Collector magazine No 363)

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:43 (six months ago) link

The label print does look a bit different on that one. Plus, I've not seen a copy that didn't have both catalogue numbers on the deadwax.

Mark G, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:34 (six months ago) link

according to wikipedia, ten bloody marys had song side 2, number 7-

7. "Black and White World" (Demo version) (previously unreleased) – 1:51

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:46 (six months ago) link

heh also trust unsurprisingly

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:47 (six months ago) link

bleah taking liberties sorry

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:47 (six months ago) link

It’s spelled “Blecch”

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:50 (six months ago) link

Haven’t even finished that long post about Jake Riviera but wouldn’t be surprised by almost anything I might read about him

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:51 (six months ago) link

Steve was great when I saw them in 2016. Loved it when he interpolated the keyboard hook from “Je t’aime.... moi non plus.” Then I shortly found out that his wife was French and that was the first record he ever bought.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 23:01 (six months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:01 (six months ago) link

pour one out for the imposter :(

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:07 (six months ago) link

B-Movie wuz robbed.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:38 (six months ago) link

i had a playlist where 'b-movie' followed 'uh-oh love comes to town,' it flowed nicely

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:39 (six months ago) link

I applaud those who voted for "Clowntime Is Over." I for one have paid for the privilege of hearing him singing the title phrase over and over again one too many times.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:41 (six months ago) link

Fuggen album is so good, I could have voted for any of the 0-vote songs except B-Movie, and I even like that one. Poll for worst?

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:06 (six months ago) link

b movie was my second choice

Hunt3r, Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:58 (six months ago) link

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