Oliver's Army" is a new wave song written by Elvis Costello and performed by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. The song appeared on Costello's 1979 album Armed Forces. The song was lyrically inspired by the Troubles in Northern Ireland and includes lyrics critical of the socioeconomic components of war. Costello had traveled to Northern Ireland and was influenced by sights of British soldiers patrolling Belfast.
Elvis Costello, in Massey Hall, Toronto, April 1979. On 17 December 1977, Costello and the Attractions, as a replacement act for the Sex Pistols, were scheduled to play "Less Than Zero" on Saturday Night Live; however, in imitation of a rebellious act by Jimi Hendrix on a BBC show, Costello stopped the song mid-intro, yelling "Stop! Stop!" to his band, and played "Radio Radio" instead – a song that criticizes the commercialization of the airwaves, which NBC and Lorne Michaels had forbidden them to play . In 1979, he released his third album Armed Forces (originally to have been titled Emotional Fascism, a phrase that appeared on the album's inner sleeve).
After releasing and touring the intense This Year's Model, Elvis Costello quickly returned to the studio with the Attractions to record his third album, Armed Forces. In contrast to the stripped-down pop and rock of his first two albums, Armed Forces boasted a detailed and textured pop production, but it was hardly lavish. Perversely, while the sound of Costello's music.
The third album by Jack and Meg White was the right dynamite for a mainstream breakthrough. Jack’s Delta-roadhouse fantasies, Detroit-garage-rock razzle and busted-love lyricism, as well as Meg’s toy-thunder drumming all peaked at once. 496. Boz Scaggs, ‘Boz Scaggs’. Elvis Costello and the Attractions, ‘Armed Forces’. Costello‘s third album is all tightly wound paranoia. The concept is personal politics; the original title was Emotional Fascism, and one song is called Two Little Hitlers. The keyboard-driven sound of Accidents Will Happen helped define New Wave.
It was released in the UK by Radar Records and in the USA by Columbia in 1979. The album had the working title Emotional Fascism. Initial pressings of the album in the UK and USA included a promotional three-song single, Live at Hollywood High, which was recorded on 4 June 1978.
Though Armed Forces is in many ways the most conceptually aggressive and confrontational of Costello's first three records, it doesn't carry with it the same immediacy of his first two releases, 1977's My Aim Is True and 1978's This Year's Model, on which he came as a man with something to prove. There's something intensely subversive about My Aim Is True with its undercurrents of anger and frustration providing a foundation for his synthesis of pop melody, country twang, and punk energy.
Get the Tempo of the tracks from Armed Forces (1979) by Elvis Costello & The Attractions. BPM Profile Armed Forces. Album starts at 120BPM, ends at 141BPM (+21), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Elvis Costello & The Attractions. All This Useless Beauty. Blood & Chocolate.
|A1||Accidents Will Happen||3:01|
|B4||Moods For Moderns||2:48|
|B6||Two Little Hitlers||3:11|
- Producer – Nick Lowe
- Written-By – Elvis Costello
NotesRecorded at Eden Studios, London, UK, August-September 1978.
Mastered at DigiPrep, Los Angeles, CA.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 5 014757 030215
|RAD 14||Elvis Costello And The Attractions*||Armed Forces (LP, Album, Fol + 7", EP)||Radar Records||RAD 14||UK||1979|
|208767, RAD 14||Elvis Costello And The Attractions*||Armed Forces (LP, Album)||WEA, Radar Records||208767, RAD 14||Argentina||1979|
|RCD 20273||Elvis Costello And The Attractions*||Armed Forces (CD, Album, RE, RM, Club)||Rykodisc||RCD 20273||US||1993|
|S 90.110||Elvis Costello & The Attractions||Armed Forces (LP, Album)||Radar Records||S 90.110||Spain||1979|
|1R1 6944||Elvis Costello & The Attractions||Armed Forces (Reel, Album, 4 T)||Columbia||1R1 6944||US||1979|