Pump It Up (Elvis Costello song)
|"Pump It Up"|
|Single by Elvis Costello|
|from the album This Year's Model|
|Released||28 April 1978|
|Genre||New wave, power pop|
|Elvis Costello singles chronology|
AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine described "Pump It Up" as being "underscored with sexual menace". Costello frequently uses double entendres in his songs, and "Pump It Up" is a good example of this, with the phrase "pump it up" being used to refer both to turning up the volume on the music and to masturbation. The story in the song is about the narrator's sexual frustration at the hands of a femme fatale who's described in the lyrics as being "a bad girl" and "like a narcotic".
The song has been covered by various artists, including Chaos UK, The Hotrats, Exodus, Kills for Thrills, Mudhoney, Trixter, Buckcherry, Elastic No-No Band, Automatic, Danko Jones, Maldroid, Status Quo, The Wildhearts, Kurt Baker, and Starpool. Lifehouse has covered the song at various concert venues.
In popular culture
The guitar riff was sampled in Rogue Traders' 2005 single "Voodoo Child". The Beastie Boys sampled "Pump It Up" for their song "Egg Man" on their album Paul's Boutique. Costello later performed "Radio Radio" on Saturday Night Live in 1999 with the Beastie Boys as his backing band.
Television shows to have used the song include Go On, Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and the Indecipherable Lyrics round of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Movies to have featured the song include PCU and 200 Cigarettes. It was also used in trailers for Shark Tale and I Spy.
The song is playable in the music video game Rock Band 2.
- Erlewine, S.T.. "This Year's Model". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "The spirit of Stiff Records lives on – Features, Music". London: The Independent. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
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