Pump It Up (Elvis Costello song)
|"Pump It Up"|
|Single by Elvis Costello|
|from the album This Year's Model|
|Released||April 28, 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 lyric "Pump it up" being used to mean both turning up the volume on the music as well as 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."
"Pump It Up" was written in reaction to the excesses of the Stiffs Live Tour.
It has been covered by various artists, including Chaos UK, The Hot Rats, 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. The guitar riff was sampled in Rogue Traders' 2005 single "Voodoo Child".
In popular culture
The Beastie Boys sampled "Pump It Up" in their song "Egg Man" on the Paul's Boutique album. 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, and the Indecipherable Lyrics round of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Movies to have featured the song include PCU and 200 Cigarettes.
The song is playable in the music video game Rock Band 2.
- Erlewine, S.T.. "This Year's Model". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
- "The spirit of Stiff Records lives on - Features, Music". London: The Independent. 2008-01-25. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
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