Elvis Costello flings aside his cloak of anonymity as The Imposter, and re-emerges under his true colours with a new single and album.
This is the immediate result of a new licensing deal just finalised by F-Beat Records with RCA, following the ending of their association with WEA — the agreement is worldwide, apart from North America and Scandinavia.
Released on July 29, the new album is titled Punch The Clock and — in addition to The Attractions — it features the Afrodiziak singers and the TKO horns. It was produced by the team of Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, known for their work with Madness and Dexys, among others.
Highlights of the set are a remodelled version of "Pills And Soap," his now-deleted chart hit as The Imposter; Costello and The Attractions' styling of "Shipbuilding," the Robert Wyatt hit written for him by Elvis and Clive Langer, and here featuring the trumpet playing of jazz star Chet Baker; and the new Costello single "Everyday I Write The Book." The LP contains 13 tracks.
The single is released this weekend, and features the backing vocals of Afrodiziak. The B-side "Heathen Town" is not on the album, although it was recorded during the same sessions.