High Fidelity (song)
|Single by Elvis Costello and the Attractions|
|from the album Get Happy!!|
|B-side||"Getting Mighty Crowded"|
|Elvis Costello and the Attractions singles chronology|
"High Fidelity" is a song written by Elvis Costello and performed by Costello and the Attractions on their 1980 album, Get Happy!!. Written in 1979, the song was released as the second single from the album and reached number 30 in the UK charts. The b-side was a cover of the Van McCoy song "Getting Mighty Crowded".
In his autobiography, Costello described "High Fidelity as, "an incredibly sad, delusion of a song, in which a couple find themselves in different rooms with different lovers, one of them still irrationally believing their pledge will endure both the initial faithlessness and the solace of revenge." It was first played as a "lumbering" version on the 1979 American Armed Funk tour.
Costello later said, "This is a pretty exciting record. It's very raw singing and a great rhythm track. We cut it in Holland, where we had nothing else to do but go mad in the studio."
Release and reception
Reviewed at the time of release, Rolling Stone said, "Even as Costello whispers menacingly, the tune's tense, martial beat propels him toward the inevitable realization that he doesn't have any choice. He accepts his fate, yet he isn't resigned to it. Not by a long shot." AllMusic declared it a "full-fledged masterpiece".
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