Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Punch the Clock (lala) On the Twitter, the masses were asked for 5 favorite Elvis Costello songs and in trying to not repeat the other answers, I replied:
@jonloubie Everydaay I Write the Book, Beyond Belief, Baby are You Straight, Pills, King of Americathough I would have said "Shipbuilding" instead of "Honey, are you Straight" but I couldn't remember if Elvis wrote that or Robert Wyatt, and so with a 3/5 ratio, Punch the Clock is evidently my favorite Elvis Costello record. I would have guessed Imperial Bedroom or King of America, but the numbers don't lie. The real truth: I don't really like this album all that much outside of the aforementioned songs, and can kinda take or leave Elvis Costello anymore. There was a time when he revealed all that was exceptional in the realm of song's capabilities to me, but so did Talking Heads to me at one point too, and Peter Gabriel and Sonic Youth and plenty of people. The good songs of all are still good songs but just haven't kept up my fanclub dues on any of it.
All said, Robert Wyatt's version of "Shipbuilding" kills me
as does Wyatt's version of "I'm a Believer", a poignant statement to make right after his debilitating accident.