Live at Hollywood High

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Live at Hollywood High
Live at Hollywood High 3-track EP from 1979
Live album by Elvis Costello
Released 12 January 2010
Recorded 4 June 1978
Genre Punk rock, new wave
Length 73:05
Label Hip-O Select
Producer Nick Lowe
Elvis Costello chronology
Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
Live at Hollywood High
National Ransom

Live at Hollywood High (officially released as Live at Hollywood High/The Costello Show Vol. 2) is a recording by Elvis Costello and the Attractions from a 1978 concert at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, California. Three songs from the concert were originally included as a bonus 7" vinyl EP that sold with initial pressings of the Armed Forces album in 1979. A 2002 re-issue of Armed Forces added six tracks to the three from the EP (for a total of nine tracks) and placed them in proper running order. In 2010, the Hip-O Select label released a full version of Live at Hollywood High with all 20 tracks from the concert on one CD.

This release followed three earlier concert releases from Elvis Costello, including:

  • Nashville Rooms (London, England), recorded on 7 August 1977, which was included as a bonus CD on the 2007 deluxe edition of My Aim Is True (1977).
  • Warner Theatre (Washington, DC), recorded on 28 February 1978, which was included on the deluxe edition of This Year's Model (1978).
  • El Mocambo (Toronto, Ontario), recorded on 6 March 1978, which was released by CBS as a promotional LP in Canada and re-released in 1993 as one of four CDs on the 2½ Years box set. It was later given a stand-alone release as The Costello Show: Live at the El Mocambo in 2009. The original vinyl LP and CD re-releases of this concert all contain the same songs.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Accidents Will Happen" Elvis Costello 3:29
2. "Mystery Dance" Costello 2:02
3. "Lip Service" Costello 2:44
4. "Living in Paradise" Costello 3:31
5. "Goon Squad" Costello 3:49
6. "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" Costello 2:33
7. "Party Girl" Costello 2:57
8. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" Costello 4:40
9. "This Year's Girl" Costello 3:46
10. "No Action" Costello 2:08
11. "Stranger in the House" Costello 4:02
12. "The Beat" Costello 3:37
13. "Alison" Costello 3:05
14. "Lipstick Vogue" Costello 4:18
15. "Watching the Detectives" Costello 5:59
16. "You Belong to Me" Costello 2:39
17. "Radio Radio" Costello 2:29
18. "Pump It Up" Costello 4:02
19. "Waiting for the End of the World" Costello 4:32
20. "Miracle Man" Costello 5:05


Tracks 1, 13, and 15 composed the original 3-track vinyl EP included in early copies of Armed Forces. Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15, and 16 were included on the bonus disc of Armed Forces from 2002.


The Attractions