Punch the Clock

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Punch the Clock
Studio album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Released 5 August 1983
Recorded January–April 1983
Genre New wave, power pop
Length 45:19
Label F-Beat (UK)
Columbia (US)
Rykodisc (28 February 1995 Reissue)
Rhino (9 September 2003 Reissue)
Hip-O (1 May 2007 Reissue)
Producer Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley, assisted by Gavin Greenaway & Colin Fairley
Elvis Costello and the Attractions chronology
Imperial Bedroom
(1982)
Punch the Clock
(1983)
Goodbye Cruel World
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B+)[2]
Stylus Magazine (not rated)[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Punch the Clock is an album released in 1983 by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It was Costello's eighth album, his seventh with the Attractions since 1978. The album featured Costello's first US Top 40 hit, "Everyday I Write the Book."

In 2014, NME ranked it at number 345 in its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elvis Costello unless otherwise indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Let Them All Talk" – 3:06
  2. "Everyday I Write the Book" – 3:54
  3. "The Greatest Thing" – 3:04
  4. "The Element Within Her" – 2:52
  5. "Love Went Mad" – 3:13
  6. "Shipbuilding" (Clive Langer, Costello) – 4:53

Side two[edit]

  1. "T.K.O. (Boxing Day)" – 3:28
  2. "Charm School" – 3:55
  3. "The Invisible Man" – 3:04
  4. "Mouth Almighty" – 3:04
  5. "King of Thieves" – 3:45
  6. "Pills and Soap" – 3:43
  7. "The World and His Wife" – 3:32

Bonus tracks (1995 Rykodisc)[edit]

  1. "Heathen Town" – 3:10
  2. "The Flirting Kind" – 3:00
  3. "Walking on Thin Ice" (Yoko Ono) – 3:52
  4. "The Town Where Time Stood Still" – 3:52
  5. "Shatterproof" – 2:19
  6. "The World and his Wife" (Live) – 3:13
  7. "Everyday I Write the Book" (Live) – 2:21

Bonus disc (2003 Rhino)[edit]

  1. "Everyday I Write the Book" (Alternate version) – 2:22
  2. "Baby Pictures" – 1:30
  3. "Heathen Town" – 3:10
  4. "The Flirting Kind" – 3:00
  5. "Walking on Thin Ice" (Ono) – 3:52
  6. "Big Sister's Clothes/Stand Down, Margaret" (BBC Session) (Costello, Roger Chalery, Andy Cox, Everett Morton, David Steele, Dave Wakeling) – 5:17
  7. "Danger Zone" (BBC Session) (Curtis Mayfield)) – 2:18
  8. "Seconds of Pleasure" – 3:44
  9. "The Town Where Time Stood Still" – 3:33
  10. "The World and his Wife" (Solo version) – 2:44
  11. "Shatterproof" – 2:15
  12. "Heathen Town" (Demo version) – 2:17
  13. "The Flirting Kind" (Demo version) – 2:52
  14. "Let Them All Talk" (Demo version) – 2:14
  15. "King of Thieves" (Demo version) – 3:20
  16. "The Invisible Man" (Demo version) – 2:124
  17. "The Element Within Her" (Demo version) – 2:13
  18. "Love Went Mad" (Demo version) – 3:01
  19. "The Greatest Thing" (Demo version) – 2:25
  20. "Mouth Almighty" (Demo version) – 3:03
  21. "Charm School" (Demo version) – 2:17
  22. "Possession" (Live) – 2:29
  23. "Secondary Modern" (Live) – 3:02
  24. "The Bells" (Live) (Johnny Bristol, Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy, Elgie Stover) – 4:14
  25. "Watch Your Step" (Live) – 3:22
  26. "Backstabbers/King Horse" (Live) (Leon Huff, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Costello) – 4:47

Note: The Rykodisc version has the original tracks and bonus tracks on one CD. The Rhino version has two CDs with the original tracks on the first CD.

Personnel[edit]

The TKO Horns[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1983 Billboard Pop Albums 24

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "Everyday I Write the Book" Mainstream Rock 33
1983 "Everyday I Write the Book" Pop Singles 36

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