Live Stiffs Live

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Live Stiffs Live
Live album by various artists
Released 17 Feb 1978
Recorded 3 Oct – 5 Nov 1977
University of East Anglia,
Leicester University,
Lyceum London
Genre New wave
Language English
Label Stiff UK (GET1)
Arista US
Music for Pleasure
Producer Tim Summerhayes, Mick Crickmer
Stiff Record Compilations chronology
Hits Greatest Stiffs
(1977)
Live Stiffs Live
(1978)
The Stiff Records Box Set
(1992)
Music for Pleasure re-issue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (B+) [2]

Live Stiffs Live is a live album released in 1978,[3] containing performances by various Stiff Records artists from the first "Live Stiffs Tour", which ran from 3 October to 5 November 1977.[4] It features tracks by Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Nick Lowe, Wreckless Eric and Larry Wallis.

The album opens with tour MC (and later Clash road manager) Kosmo Vinyl calling audience members away from the bar and introducing the first act as "Nick Lowe's Led Zeppelin". The final cut of the album is a performance of Ian Dury's hit, "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" performed by all of the tour's artists and crew.

Album name[edit]

The album has various names from Stiffs Live Stiffs, Stiffs Live and Live Stiffs. The correct name of the original Stiff Records release on 17 February 1978 was Live Stiffs Live.[3] The album was later re-issued on Music for Pleasure (MFP 50445) as simply Live Stiffs.[3]

The album was subsequently released by Demon Records on CD in 1994 (Demon 621) and re-released in 1997 (Edsel 621 & Diablo Records 851) [5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "I Knew the Bride" (Nick Lowe) - Nick Lowe's Last Chicken in the Shop - 3.25
  2. "Let's Eat" (Lowe) - Nick Lowe's Last Chicken in the Shop - 2.44
  3. "Semaphore Signals" (Wreckless Eric) - Wreckless Eric & the New Rockets - 3.25
  4. "Reconnez Cherie" (Eric) - Wreckless Eric & the New Rockets - 3.45
  5. "Police Car" (Larry Wallis) - Larry Wallis' Psychedelic Rowdies - 3.59

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) - Elvis Costello & the Attractions - 2.27
  2. "Miracle Man" (Elvis Costello) - Elvis Costello & the Attractions - 3.56
  3. "Billericay Dickey" (Ian Dury) - Ian Dury & the Blockheads - 4.24
  4. "Wake Up & Make Love with Me" (Dury) - Ian Dury & the Blockheads - 3.32
  5. "Sex Drugs Rock & Roll & Chaos" (Dury) - All artists - 5.41

Personnel[edit]

Nick Lowe's Last Chicken in the Shop (side one, tracks 1 & 2)

Wreckless Eric & the New Rockets (side one, tracks 3 & 4)

Larry Wallis' Psychedelic Rowdies (side one, track 5)

  • Larry Wallis - guitar, vocals
  • Nick Lowe - bass
  • Penny Tobin - keyboards
  • Terry Williams - drums
  • Pete Thomas - drums

Elvis Costello & the Attractions (side two, tracks 1 & 2)

Ian Dury & the Blockheads (side two, tracks 3 & 4)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Live Stiffs Live at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ a b c "Stiff discography". Stiff Records. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  4. ^ Balls, Richard (2000). Sex & Drugs & Rock'N'Roll: The Life of Ian Dury (1st ed.). London: Omnibus Press. pp. 176–184. ISBN 0-7119-8644-4. 
  5. ^ Allmusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine Retrieved 25 February 2009