Pump It Up

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I've been on tenterhooks
Ending in dirty looks
List'ning to the Muzak
Thinking 'bout this 'n' that
She said that's that
I don't wanna chitter-chat
Turn it down a little bit
Or turn it down flat.

Pump it up when you don't really need it
Pump it up until you can feel it

Down in the pleasure centre
Hell bent or heaven sent
Listen to the propaganda
Listen to the latest slander
There's nothing underhand
That she wouldn't understand

Pump it up until you can feel it
Pump it up when you don't really need it

She's been a bad girl
She's like a chemical
Though you try to stop it
She's like a narcotic
You wanna torture her
You wanna talk to her
All the things you bought for her
Putting up your temp'rature

Pump it up until you can feel it
Pump it up when you don't really need it

Out in the fashion show
Down in the bargain bin
You put your passion out
Under the pressure pin
Fall into submission
Hit-and-run transmission
No use wishing now for any other sin

Pump it up until you can feel it
Pump it up when you don't really need it

Pump it up until you can feel it
Pump it up when you don't really need it

Pump it up until you can feel it
Pump it up when you don't really need it
Don't really need it
Don't really need it
Don't really need it

Pump It Up
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedNovember 1977-January 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 17, 1978
AlbumsThis Year's Model, 1978
SinglesPump It Up, 1978
CollectionsAlmost New, 1982
The Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985
The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello), 1985
Girls Girls Girls, 1989
2½ Years, 1993
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Singles, Volume 1, 2003
Rock And Roll Music, 2007
The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years, 2007
SoundtracksMaybe Baby, 2000
Various Artists collectionsThe History Of Rock: Vol. 39, 1986
WFNX 101.7 FM, 1990
Punk & Disorderly (New Wave 1976-1981), 1991
Going Underground, 1994
Teenage Kicks (46 Classic Punk & New Wave Tracks), 1995
The Best Punk Album In The World... Ever! 2, 1996
ESPN Presents Slam Jams Volume 1 (Contact 3), 1997
Once In A Lifetime, 1997
Contact 3! - The Third Period (La Troisieme Periode), 1997
Heard It Seen It Done It, 1998
Jock Rock 2000, 1999
The Best Ever Footy Album, 1999
Rock: The Train Kept A Rollin', 1999
Frosh 3, 2000
Best Of Rock, 2000
Sounds Of The 70s - Punk, 2002
Was Het Nu 70, 80 Of 90? File 5, 2003
The Modern Edge: A Modern Rock Collection, 2003
Heroes: The Anthems, 2004
The Greatest Rock Album, 2004
I Want My New Wave, 2004
Chopper: Every Day Above Ground Is A Good Day, 2004
New Waves: 45 Original 45s From The Post Punk Era, 2005
Jim Beam - 40 Shots Of Rock - The Last Shout, 2005
PromosBreaking The Rules, 1980
The Continuous History of Rock and Roll (Show #18: Modern Rock), 1982
Timothy White's Rock Stars, 1989
2½ Years (In 31 Minutes), 1993
UK Elvis Costello, 2002
Sunday Times CD, 2002
VideosThe Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005
Length3:15

First known performance:
November 5, 1977, Lancaster, England
Last known performance:
2014
     (1273 known performances, 2 as a snippet)


Alternate versions

Pump It Up (1984 Dance Mix)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
Remixed byNick Lowe & Colin Fairley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Mick Jones - guitar
ReleasedAugust 1984
SinglesThe Only Flame In Town, 1984
CollectionsSingles, Volume 3, 2003
Length3:30
NoteThis remix is also known as the "1984 Monster Mix" and "Dance Mix".

Pump It Up (BBC Version)
Performed byElvis Costello (& The Attractions)
Produced byTony Wilson
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedMarch 13, 1978, Maida Vale 4, London
Released1992
Various Artists collectionsOne And Only: 25 Years Of Radio One, 1992
Length3:08

Pump It Up (Live 1978 - Washington)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedFebruary 28, 1978, Washington, DC
ReleasedMarch 4, 2008
AlbumsThis Year's Model: Deluxe Edition, 2008
Length3:31

Pump It Up (Live 1978 - Toronto)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Martin Belmont - guitar
RecordedMarch 6, 1978, Toronto, ON, Canada
Released1978 (promo-only release)
October 15, 1993 (commercial release)
AlbumsLive At The El Mocambo, 1978
Collections2½ Years, 1993
Length4:00

Pump It Up (Live 1979 - Paris)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedJune 1, 1979, Paris, France
ReleasedOct 5, 2010
VideosChorus, 2010

Pump It Up (Live 2004)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedSeptember 17, 2004, Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN
ReleasedApril 19, 2005
VideosClub Date: Live In Memphis, 2005

Pump It Up (Live 2006)
Performed byElvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
featuring The Imposters, Anthony "AB" Brown & The Crescent City Horns
Horn arrangementAllen Toussaint
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Anthony "AB" Brown - guitar
Amadee Castenell - saxophone
Brian "Breeze" Cayolle - saxophone
Joe "Foxx" Smith - trumpet
Sam "Big Sam" Williams - trombone
RecordedJuly 3, 2006, Montreal, QC, Canada
ReleasedDecember 5, 2006
VideosHot As A Pistol, Keen As A Blade, 2006

Pump It Up / Get On Your Boots (Live 2009)
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Bono - vocal
The Edge - guitar, backing vocal
Davey Faragher - bass, backing vocal
Steve Nieve - keyboards, theremin
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedSeptember 15, 2009, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...
ReleasedDecember 9, 2010 (broadcast)
June 7, 2011 (DVD release)
VideosSpectacle: Elvis Costello with... (Season 2), 2011
NoteThis performance includes an uncredited snippet of Subterranean Homesick Blues.
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Almost NewAlmost New album cover.jpg

The Only Flame In Town singleThe Only Flame In Town UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello & The AttractionsBOEC album cover 200.jpg

The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello)TMBOEC album cover 170.jpg

Girls Girls GirlsGGG album cover 300.jpg

One And Only: 25 Years Of Radio OneOne And Only 25 Years Of Radio One album cover.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Sunday Times CDSunday Times CD.jpg

Singles, Volume 1Singles Volume 1 album cover.jpg

Singles, Volume 3Singles Volume 3 album cover.jpg

Club Date: Live In MemphisClub Date Live In Memphis dvd cover.jpg

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg

Hot As A Pistol, Keen As A BladeHot As A Pistol Keen As A Blade DVD cover.jpg

Rock And Roll MusicRock And Roll Music album cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 YearsThe Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years album cover.jpg

Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... (Season 2)Spectacle Elvis Costello With Season 2 DVD cover.jpg

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