Single: I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
From The Elvis Costello Wiki
|Release date||Media||Catalog number||Comments|
|1980-01-18||7"||2 Tone chs TT 7||UK|
|1980-03-__||7"||F-Beat XX1||UK, ps|
|1980-__-__||7"||F-Beat K 18171||Italy, different ps|
|1980-__-__||7"||Smash Records TAR 11||Sweden, ps|
|1980-__-__||7"||F-Beat/Warner P-551X||Japan, ps|
|1980-__-__||7"||Columbia 1-11194||US, white label promo|
|1980-__-__||7"||Columbia 1-11251||US, ps, 4-track EP|
|1980-__-__||7"||Columbia 1-11251||US promo, different ps, 4-track EP|
|2003-10-27||5" CD||Edsel XX 1||UK, available only in Singles, Volume 1 box set|
Tracklist (4-track EP)
Tracklist (US white label promo)
- #4 (UK)
- According to Record Collector (#91): "This was the most sought-after collector's item of early 1980, which offended the law of gravity by gradually becoming more common instead of less. 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 steak 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. By this time, however, the single had been issued with the catalogue no. F-Beat XX-1. As this new number had replaced the 2-Tone number in the run-off grooves, the second batch of 2-Tone singles carried the F-Beat number, whereas the original copies had 'TT-7' as their matrix number. Copies from the first batch are now worth about twice as much ones from the second."
- According to Krista Reese's EC book the total number of 2-Tone singles pressed was 13,000, and the remaining copies were sold at NY Palladium 1981 concerts for $3.00 each.
- It seems that some copies of the 2-Tone 'reissue' have 'CHS TT7' and 'XX1' in the runoff, and also 'CHS TT8' crossed out on both sides.