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Elvis Costello — Watching The Detectives
Album: My Aim Is True
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Released: 1977
Length: 3:36
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Nice girls, not one with a defect
Cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct
Red dogs under illegal legs
She looks so good that he gets down and begs

She is watching the detectives
Ooh, it's so cute
She's watching the detectives
When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot

They beat him up until the teardrops start
But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

Long shot of that jumping sign
Invisible shivers running down my spine
Cut to baby taking off her clothes
Closeup of the sign that says "we never close"

You snatch a tune and you match a cigarette
She pulls your eyes out with a face like a magnet
I don't know how much more of this I can take
She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake

She is watching the detectives
Oh, he's so cute
She is watching the detectives
Oh, and they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot

They beat him up until the teardrops start
But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

You think you're alone until you realize you're in it
Now baby's here to stay, love is here for a visit
They call it instant justice when it's past the legal limit
Someone's scratching at the window, I wonder, who is it?
The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
Who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter's disappearance
Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay
It only took my little fingers to blow you away

Just like watching the detectives
Don't get cute
Just like watching the detectives

I get so angry when the teardrops start
But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

Watching the detectives

It's just like watching the detectives
Watching the detectives
Watching the detectives
Watching the detectives
...
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Bubble gum pulp fiction noir. Brill! :o)
Neil Young followed by Elvis Costello?  Is Bill trolling the voice haters?  What's next?  Bob Dylan? 
Perfection.

This and Lipstick Vogue.
 

I am completely unable to bear this voice. Drives me beyond crazy. Play this at a party and I will have to leave, no matter how hot the chicks.

I have no problem with Spoon that was mentioned in the thread, that voice is OK.
Love me some Elvis.  I always have since the first time I heard him in my teens.
The genius of EC was that he tried so hard to copy others but always ended up creating a different amazing thing.  Truly amazing.
The Police, and the Clash appropriated faux reggae sounds and made a new sound,  this is no different, but a one-off for EC and not indicative of the rest of My Aim Is True
I once read a (non-critical) article about Elvis Costello that referred to his singing voice as "churlish." I think that totally captures why I instantly dive for the volume controls or whatever thing I can click, tap, or push to make it go away as soon as I hear it. 
 DocStrangelove wrote:
Mostly cannot stand whiny EC but this is spot on.

 
Not a fan of EC either. Had a rating of 3 for this one, but now it sounds like a 7.

Maybe it's the scotch. {#Cheers}
Great base line -- and drums.
 arserocket wrote:
always PSD for EC, just sayin ...

 
Go and find you another web radio... just saying.
always PSD for EC, just sayin ...
Brilliant!
Mostly cannot stand whiny EC but this is spot on.
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Here we go again I'll go water the plants until it's over. How did he get a recording contract?

You must have some pretty dry plants if you water them in April , then June.....maybe you should water them more...
Brilliant. Elvis, Joe Jackson and the Cars were the "New Wavers" with staying power. Substantial.
Did I miss anyone? Police left off on purpose. 
Make it stop this is the worst one possible. True torture on a Sunday night.
WARNING! WARNING! Hater alert, EC is playing {#Cheesygrin}
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Here we go again I'll go water the plants until it's over. How did he get a recording contract?

 
Yeah, we get it. You don't like EC. Don't need to repeat yourself every time the song plays.
{#Bananasplit}
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Here we go again I'll go water the plants until it's over. How did he get a recording contract?

 
Funny, I just stopped watering mine to come and listen.
I've heard it countless times; still appreciate the wacky, odd syncopated rhythms and film noir lyrics; same stuff makes me dig Spoon.
Here we go again I'll go water the plants until it's over. How did he get a recording contract?
..... anything less than 10 would be a crime to music.

Saw EC a few years ago at, of all things, a Grateful Dead-type festival (Gathering of the Vibes).  He still has it.  He brought a lot of energy to the show and played nonstop for a couple hours.  What a fantastic musician.
 
Not again Bill, how did he get a recording contract? Did he bribe someone? Awful!
What the hell is he talking about? Please make it stop!
 Kaisersosay wrote:

Pixies, B-52's Johnny Rivers, now Elvis,,,,its like my 1980 playlist on my ,,,,,,phone,,,no, I pod,,,no,,,um walkma,,,um no,,,,my turntable,,, yup turntable.

Nice lineup.



 
Still the best way to listen to em....too bad we cant miniaturize vinyl
My favorite Elvis song... by either artist using the name.  
Just beautiful 
 Proclivities wrote:

I remember making a point of not missing it because The Sex Pistols were originally scheduled.  

Next year, the Sex Pistols album "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" will be 40 (FORTY!) years old.  And for some reason, it's still considered unplayable—too harsh for public consumption.  I know some tracks are definitely not suitable for the airwaves, but I see no reason why a couple of these songs couldn't get a spin in 2016.  

I've submitted the leadoff track here, only to see it get shot down like a 1960's Berlin Wall tower guard picking off a freedom seeker.

  

12 Track Version (US Edition)

No.TitleWriter(s)Length

1."Holidays in the Sun"  Cook/Jones/Rotten/Vicious3:22

2."Bodies"  Cook/Jones/Rotten/Vicious3:03

3."No Feelings"  Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten2:53

4."Liar"  Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten2:41

5."Problems"  Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten4:11

6."God Save the Queen"  Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten3:20

7."Seventeen"  Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten2:02

8."Anarchy in the U.K."  Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten3:32

9."Submission"  Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten4:12

10."Pretty Vacant"  Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten3:18

11."New York"  Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten3:07

12."E.M.I."  Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten3:10


       
                                 Is so full of love & Ardour
                                       So we line up.

                              It better be a big family affair.
                    Miranda, she  will be the one prompting law,
          Because she's pretty much the nearest to the grime scene

               Despite deputy too has got his own  toy collection
                   He can barely do little better than stuttering,
                      That keeps freaking hella lotta people
                               Out of their dearest minds.
                 So looks like soon we won't need around here
                     No deputy no more,  crying up to the sky
                   'Diáspora' from the places you never heard.
Maybe he was shooting for irony
 ziakut wrote:
Titled album: My Aim Is True

It's actually not good aim. His picture on the album is not centered. Maybe he should have been watching the graphics guy's aim instead of the detectives.

 
As a graphic designer (with OCD tendencies) I'd have to agree with you - the cover art execution is piss poor. Song's good though.
https://www.radioparadise.com/rp_2.php?#name=songinfo&song_id=941
Another Elvis Costello just a few hours back.
Some music is fine all day but one Elvis a day is good enough.
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
what's he talking about?

 
Man's inhumanity to man,,,or something or other,,,,,who cares.
what's he talking about?
 trevc wrote:

This is such a great record. That's one reason how.

 
Agreed

Pixies, B-52's Johnny Rivers, now Elvis,,,,its like my 1980 playlist on my ,,,,,,phone,,,no, I pod,,,no,,,um walkma,,,um no,,,,my turntable,,, yup turntable.

Nice lineup.


 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Please push fast forward, how did he get a recording contract?

 
This is such a great record. That's one reason how.
Please push fast forward, how did he get a recording contract?
she's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake...
kinda like the indifference we now have amongst political candidates towards mass shootings. 
so many great lines in this song, as punchy as it ever was 
ALL RIGHT!  Sounds as blisteringly good now as it did then!  Gonna try to catch him with Steely Dan this summer at Red Rocks, YaY!
Holy CRAP did that come in well after the ending jam of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"!!!
 coloradojohn wrote:
Another mighty blast from the past catches up with us on good old RP...
I can never forget how I was first introduced to this song, this guy and his wacky new sound...
Watching SNL, '77, back in the day — this nerdy gawky sweaty pigeon-toed dude comes on with Buddy Holly specs and Fender Jag guitar and tight stove-pipe jeans with the cuffs turned up hideously high (weirdly enough, bell bottoms were the norm then!). He herks and jerks around the stage spastically then grabs the mike and wraps around it and snarls something like, "Nhuh we're not gonna do THAT one...we're gonna do THIS one instead," and HE FREAKED THE WATCHING WORLD RIGHT OUT WITH IT! Next day at high school, we're all imitating the pigeon-toed pose and sneering the wicked, twisted lyrics, "and she is WATCHING the de-TEC-TIVES!" and the teachers are giving us the same sort of stunned and quizzical looks we'd first given Mr. Declan MacManus on the tube the night before...and we sure DUG IT!

 
Yes, I remember that as well.  I remember making a point of not missing it because The Sex Pistols were originally scheduled.  I was not disappointed - Elvis rocked, but he was playing a Fender Jazzmaster, not a Jaguar.
Titled album: My Aim Is True

It's actually not good aim. His picture on the album is not centered. Maybe he should have been watching the graphics guy's aim instead of the detectives.
superb bass line
How the hell am I supposed to get any work done.

First Cant you hear me Knockin" now this brilliant record. 
Kudos to Carnegie Hall he goes in late June - wooooo! :)
{#Yell}   this is a "G O D L I K E" song

 Mr Costello at his very best  {#Yes}
Does this get old?

No.


 coloradojohn wrote:
Another mighty blast from the past catches up with us on good old RP...
I can never forget how I was first introduced to this song, this guy and his wacky new sound...
Watching SNL, '77, back in the day — this nerdy gawky sweaty pigeon-toed dude comes on with Buddy Holly specs and Fender Jag guitar and tight stove-pipe jeans with the cuffs turned up hideously high (weirdly enough, bell bottoms were the norm then!). He herks and jerks around the stage spastically then grabs the mike and wraps around it and snarls something like, "Nhuh we're not gonna do THAT one...we're gonna do THIS one instead," and HE FREAKED THE WATCHING WORLD RIGHT OUT WITH IT! Next day at high school, we're all imitating the pigeon-toed pose and sneering the wicked, twisted lyrics, "and she is WATCHING the de-TEC-TIVES!" and the teachers are giving us the same sort of stunned and quizzical looks we'd first given Mr. Declan MacManus on the tube the night before...and we sure DUG IT!



 kcar wrote:

I remember watching that too...not fully engaged (who is this manic geek) and being sleepily puzzled as to why the hell he wouldn't play the song?

All-knowing Uncle Wikipedia explains...Frankly, I don't think Americans watching were going to link "Less Than Zero" to Oswald Mosley, so Elvis might have made the right call. I sure didn't until I looked at the Wikipedia piece; like a lot of guys, I admittedly don't listen carefully to lyrics. 

As for SNL banning Elvis for x years: assclowns. Lighten up: the unrehearsed and chaotic make shows like that fun. 

 
Me too!  Can't believe I am not the only one with that performance indelibly burned in my brain.  It was incredible.

The Radio,Radio appearance (that got him banned) must have been a subsequent appearance, because I can remember be mesmerized by the "watching the detectives" like it just yesterday!
OK, after the 20th time hearing this song on this radio station I have begun to wonder if the proprietor of this station is married?  I very much enjoy this song and if this song is played for "someone"  else I am all for it!  all the best to all and play it again.
I just love the ambiance of this song.  Brings back a lot of good times...
The first big hit from an enormous talent and the only Film Noir pop tune ever recorded to my knowledge.  This cut is an all-time RnR masterpiece.  Gave it a 9.
 kcar wrote:

I remember watching that too...not fully engaged (who is this manic geek) and being sleepily puzzled as to why the hell he wouldn't play the song?

All-knowing Uncle Wikipedia explains...Frankly, I don't think Americans watching were going to link "Less Than Zero" to Oswald Mosley, so Elvis might have made the right call. I sure didn't until I looked at the Wikipedia piece; like a lot of guys, I admittedly don't listen carefully to lyrics. 

As for SNL banning Elvis for x years: assclowns. Lighten up: the unrehearsed and chaotic make shows like that fun. 

 
 
I saw that show...f**kin brilliant...loved him ever since.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Another mighty blast from the past catches up with us on good old RP...
I can never forget how I was first introduced to this song, this guy and his wacky new sound...
Watching SNL, '77, back in the day — this nerdy gawky sweaty pigeon-toed dude comes on with Buddy Holly specs and Fender Jag guitar and tight stove-pipe jeans with the cuffs turned up hideously high (weirdly enough, bell bottoms were the norm then!). He herks and jerks around the stage spastically then grabs the mike and wraps around it and snarls something like, "Nhuh we're not gonna do THAT one...we're gonna do THIS one instead," and HE FREAKED THE WATCHING WORLD RIGHT OUT WITH IT! Next day at high school, we're all imitating the pigeon-toed pose and sneering the wicked, twisted lyrics, "and she is WATCHING the de-TEC-TIVES!" and the teachers are giving us the same sort of stunned and quizzical looks we'd first given Mr. Declan MacManus on the tube the night before...and we sure DUG IT!
 
I remember watching that too...not fully engaged (who is this manic geek) and being sleepily puzzled as to why the hell he wouldn't play the song?

All-knowing Uncle Wikipedia explains...Frankly, I don't think Americans watching were going to link "Less Than Zero" to Oswald Mosley, so Elvis might have made the right call. I sure didn't until I looked at the Wikipedia piece; like a lot of guys, I admittedly don't listen carefully to lyrics. 

As for SNL banning Elvis for x years: assclowns. Lighten up: the unrehearsed and chaotic make shows like that fun. 

 
 Byronape wrote:

Yeah, I agree there.  Irony is good, snarky is good, but to be ironically snarky while projecting an image that I'm not cool enough to be part of the "in crowd" anyway does not give me any reason to want to listen.

 
 
I just have no idea what this means. Either you were absent in 77 or you were listening elsewhere to something I would not go near.
 karljonasson wrote:

Well, except the song he did instead was 'Radio Radio' off his This Year's Model album. The producers at SNL banned him from the show for decades for that stunt.
 
i THOUGHT that was the song i remembered! i remember it was a super uptempo and i was about to say "wasn't it radio radio" as some kind of slam to producers or something - is why he did it? i can't recall...
 coloradojohn wrote:
Another mighty blast from the past catches up with us on good old RP...
I can never forget how I was first introduced to this song, this guy and his wacky new sound...
Watching SNL, '77, back in the day — this nerdy gawky sweaty pigeon-toed dude comes on with Buddy Holly specs and Fender Jag guitar and tight stove-pipe jeans with the cuffs turned up hideously high (weirdly enough, bell bottoms were the norm then!). He herks and jerks around the stage spastically then grabs the mike and wraps around it and snarls something like, "Nhuh we're not gonna do THAT one...we're gonna do THIS one instead," and HE FREAKED THE WATCHING WORLD RIGHT OUT WITH IT! Next day at high school, we're all imitating the pigeon-toed pose and sneering the wicked, twisted lyrics, "and she is WATCHING the de-TEC-TIVES!" and the teachers are giving us the same sort of stunned and quizzical looks we'd first given Mr. Declan MacManus on the tube the night before...and we sure DUG IT!
 
Well, except the song he did instead was 'Radio Radio' off his This Year's Model album. The producers at SNL banned him from the show for decades for that stunt.
damn, i love this.
Another mighty blast from the past catches up with us on good old RP...
I can never forget how I was first introduced to this song, this guy and his wacky new sound...
Watching SNL, '77, back in the day — this nerdy gawky sweaty pigeon-toed dude comes on with Buddy Holly specs and Fender Jag guitar and tight stove-pipe jeans with the cuffs turned up hideously high (weirdly enough, bell bottoms were the norm then!). He herks and jerks around the stage spastically then grabs the mike and wraps around it and snarls something like, "Nhuh we're not gonna do THAT one...we're gonna do THIS one instead," and HE FREAKED THE WATCHING WORLD RIGHT OUT WITH IT! Next day at high school, we're all imitating the pigeon-toed pose and sneering the wicked, twisted lyrics, "and she is WATCHING the de-TEC-TIVES!" and the teachers are giving us the same sort of stunned and quizzical looks we'd first given Mr. Declan MacManus on the tube the night before...and we sure DUG IT!
1977 - the year I abandoned grad school and took a third-shift job, where I was able to play a local radio station whose overnight DJ played Elvis Costello, XTC, Nick Lowe, etc.

Thanks, Pat P., wherever you are! 
Classic.
Listening to the older Elvis C always brings back memories of Warm Guns; a danish band inspired by Elvis C.

Especially their album "Hard luck"
"Bedtime story" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqkHy3xNypU hmm cut short by a minute

"The young go first" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vfl3vnBiA hideous video, but that was how it was back then
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watching_The_Detectives_(song)

The single, produced by Nick Lowe, was the first to be credited to 'Elvis Costello & the Attractions', reflecting the new backing band that he was using, previous releases being credited solely to the singer.<7> The lead track was, in fact, recorded in May 1977, before the Attractions existed - the backing band on the song were Steve Goulding on drums and Andrew Bodnar on bass guitar, both from Graham Parker's band, The Rumour.<8> Keyboard overdubs were added later by Steve Nason (later better-known as Steve Nieve).<8> It was also the first top 40 hit in the UK Singles Chart for Costello, reaching #15 and spending a total of eleven weeks in the chart.<7><9>

Andrew Bodnar on bass guitar 

Pure Genius


Love Elvis,,,,or I should say the Elvi..
 Sorcha wrote:

My comment is sure to be trashed, but here goes:

I have NEVER liked Elvis C.  I cannot *stand* when people sing in that sneery, snarky contrived tone.  I suppose he's a clever songwriter, to be fair; but his singing just cancels out any listenability for me.

Tra La.....

 
Yeah, I agree there.  Irony is good, snarky is good, but to be ironically snarky while projecting an image that I'm not cool enough to be part of the "in crowd" anyway does not give me any reason to want to listen.

 
 WonderLizard wrote:

Most critics think The Attractions, EC's band after this album, was his best. Hmm. Don't know if he'd have gained any traction if My Aim Is True had bombed. Clover, a group from Mill Valley, CA, backed him on My Aim courtesy of Nick Lowe, who'd brought them over to England to record. Clover was Huey Lewis's band by then, but he doesn't appear on My Aim. Sean Hopper, later starting The News with Lewis, and John McFee, long time Doobie Brother, do.


 
As a long time Elvis fan, I can appreciate the work of the boys from Clover on MAIT but.........I would put Steve Nieve and Pete Thomas up against anyone in their generation on their respective instruments.

Love Elvis..all class
Elvis , the King of Punk

Great album
Great song
Great glasses


THE REAL ELVIS! {#Clap}
 WonderLizard wrote:

Most critics think The Attractions, EC's band after this album, was his best. Hmm. Don't know if he'd have gained any traction if My Aim Is True had bombed. Clover, a group from Mill Valley, CA, backed him on My Aim courtesy of Nick Lowe, who'd brought them over to England to record. Clover was Huey Lewis's band by then, but he doesn't appear on My Aim. Sean Hopper, later starting The News with Lewis, and John McFee, long time Doobie Brother, do.

 
That's Andrew Bodnar playing the incredible bass on this track. Clover's bassist, Johnny Ciambotti, sat out.

 Sorcha wrote:

My comment is sure to be trashed, but here goes:

I have NEVER liked Elvis C.  I cannot *stand* when people sing in that sneery, snarky contrived tone.  I suppose he's a clever songwriter, to be fair; but his singing just cancels out any listenability for me.


 
For the most part, I agree with you, but on this particular song, that sneery, snarky tone actually works.

Nice seque from Secret Agent Man.  I detect a theme.

Most critics think The Attractions, EC's band after this album, was his best. Hmm. Don't know if he'd have gained any traction if My Aim Is True had bombed. Clover, a group from Mill Valley, CA, backed him on My Aim courtesy of Nick Lowe, who'd brought them over to England to record. Clover was Huey Lewis's band by then, but he doesn't appear on My Aim. Sean Hopper, later starting The News with Lewis, and John McFee, long time Doobie Brother, do.


Wow - 1977. The world was awash in smooth "California sound" tunes and it was apparent that rock had slipped into one of its periodic comas.

Then I heard this on a VERY early morning show (I was working third shift) and realized that if this could get out of the dead hours of radio play, it just might herald a change in the musical weather. 
One of my faves of his.

My comment is sure to be trashed, but here goes:

I have NEVER liked Elvis C.  I cannot *stand* when people sing in that sneery, snarky contrived tone.  I suppose he's a clever songwriter, to be fair; but his singing just cancels out any listenability for me.

Tra La.....


This song is an instant time machine to a pivotal time in my youth. I made some interesting friends who introduced me to a whole new group of artists and new world of music—all I'd known before was pop radio. This album is definitely on my "Deserted Island 5" list.

Elvis Costello - Watching The Detectives
Bob Marley - War
Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking

I must admit, I don't see the theme here, unless it's that these three artist/bands are all icons.

 Cynaera wrote:

Not to be a smartass or anything, but for anybody who wants to see what "absolute lack of original thought" looks like, check out macbags' song comments. {#Roflol}
 
Wow no kidding! Don't take drugs, kids.
Warren and Elvis in the same hour!?!  Truly these are glorious times!! 
 cirruss wrote:
A lot of Costello these days on RP... not too sure what I think about that.
 
I give thanks to the gods that Bill is not playing Presley. . . 
 macbags wrote:
LOOKS LIKE THE PARADISE HAS WASHED AWAY

 
Not to be a smartass or anything, but for anybody who wants to see what "absolute lack of original thought" looks like, check out macbags' song comments. {#Roflol}
 cirruss wrote:
A lot of Costello these days on RP... not too sure what I think about that.
 
Well, I think it's awesome, cause they've been excellent early stuff from Elvis.  I wonder what the inspiration for this song was.  Some weird pulp novel maybe?

A lot of Costello these days on RP... not too sure what I think about that.
LOOKS LIKE THE PARADISE HAS WASHED AWAY

Love Dr. John Ciambotti's bass lines in this song!  Makes the song in my opinion!
 slackpacker wrote:
Anyone else love this song just because of the History Detectives on PBS?
 
I do like that program, but I've liked this song since the single came out back in 1977.


The only reason I can't give this a 10 is because that has to be reserved for live versions of this great song.
Thank you, RP!

{#Notworthy} G  O  D  L  I  K  E {#Notworthy}
Anyone else love this song just because of the History Detectives on PBS?
Three songs I absolutely love of his: "I don't wanna go to Chelsea" "Accidents will Happen" and this.
This is numero uno for me. I also love several cover versions of "Peace, Love and Understanding"

Hehe! Nice fade-in after "Mr. Secret Man" ... the way this song entered with the drums after the previous one ended (which is the very definition of fade-in :-)) Although, of course, there is a considerable quality distance between Johnny Rivers and Mr. Costello {#Sunny}
Hmmmm... Why am I reminded of "Funky Poodle"?  Just more fun music, I guess.
Love how this rolls in  
 fredriley wrote:
"red dogs under eagle eggs"? Not the first mondegreen I've suffered with Declan McManus' work.
 
No, it's "Red dogs under illegal legs."  Her shoes are red.

Cellophane wrapped, so correct
Red dogs under illegal legs
She looks so good that he gets down and begs.

She's dressed really hot and looks really good.  See.

"red dogs under eagle eggs"? Not the first mondegreen I've suffered with Declan McManus' work.
Splendid.
 upgal wrote:
awful as usual
 

How much does a clue cost... I will send it to you
What a transition.  Sing sing sing to EC.

I'm sure elvis the musicologist would be proud.
in  real good music 'urgency' wins from 'good singing'
this is one of them, for sure!


bump

 
mrandrew wrote:
So I'm like 16 years old and I've got enough money to buy one single - will it be Blondie's "Heart of Glass", or Elvis Costello.  Well, standing in the record store in Kenmore Square with that GIANT poster of Elvis (now a major collectors item) staring down at me, it was no contest - "Watching The Detectives."  The first single of my "adult" life.
 


 Mark7 wrote:
I read somewhere once that he wrote this song after staying up all night listening to the Clash. 
 
He said it on Spectacle: he bought the first Clash album, heard all the dub reggae and tried to recreate it.

 iscoot4peace wrote:

I remember picking up the album cover and thinking, "Elvis Costello?  Look at this geek.  With a name and look like that he better be good!"

 
Chrissie Hynde called it his "killer nerd look".

Stingray
(Cologne)
Posted: Oct 29, 2009 - 10:28 

... overrated Brit!
Very overrated!!!!
Good song, good album.
 scottflory wrote:
I like how his productions seem to have slightly distorted drums - anyone else notice this?
 
As a side note, for not-so-slightly distorted drums, try Primus' Brown Album.

Why did it follow Benny Goodman? Figured it out!

"they shoot shoot shoot"
follows
"sing sing sing"





"she is filing her nails as they are dragging the lake"~~OUCH! {#Mrgreen}
awful as usual
 Stingray wrote:
... overrated Brit!

 

Careful, laddie...
 wendyleefrancis wrote:
Elvis Costello is always a great choice.
 

Ditto!
Elvis Costello is always a great choice.
 SweTex wrote:
One of the best intros ever. Immediatly gives me an earection.

 
Heh. And I hear it and immediately reach for the vol button to turn it to 11 . . .

I like how his productions seem to have slightly distorted drums - anyone else notice this?
ELVIS MAKES ME NERVOUS, WHEN I HEAR HIM!

Both of them...


 AdyMiles wrote:
i used to like this version. i now prefer the more finished cover version of this song by Duran Duran
 
haaaaaaaaaa...! JOKER!