As Costello writes in the liner notes to this expanded reissue, Armed Forces marks the first time that he was actually aware of his audience. Perhaps in an attempt to elucidate the web of veiled and convoluted social and personal references running through his first two records, the album is lyrically much more general, and remarkably self-conscious, right from the opening lyric, "Oh, I just don't know where to begin. Melodically and lyrically, the song is above reproach, as Costello sings of infidelity with what could either be construed as regret or smug satisfaction.
It's also one of several songs on Armed Forces to benefit from the album's dense production. Joe Blogs. Retrieved 22 February Reasons to be Cheerful. Archived from the original on 22 February Retrieved 8 August Australian Chart Book — St Ives , N.
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Retrieved 6 November Last edited: Apr 12, D , Apr 12, Oatsdad likes this. Location: Okotoks - Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He did not offer any tunes from Armed Forces. Location: San Francisco, CA. He played half the tracks from AF. The main set of 24 songs, plus a first encore of 3 songs and a second encore of 5 songs—bringing us to 32 songs performed—included not a single selection from Armed Forces.
Michael Macrone , Apr 12, DeeThomaz and Mr. D like this. RayS likes this. Party Girl. Saw live: Peace, Love and Understanding. Accident Will Happen will win.Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Armed Forces 7" EP Sleeve: Accidents Will Happen spelt as "Adcicents Will Happen" Barcode and Other Identifiers Rights Society: STEMRA; Label Code: LC Elvis Costello And The Attractions* Armed Forces /5(10).