This Year's Model

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This Year's Model
Elvis-Costello-This-Years-Model.jpg
Original UK/current album cover. The original US cover uses a slightly different shot.
Studio album by
Released17 March 1978 (1978-03-17)
Recorded1977–1978
StudioEden Studios, London
Genre
Length35:44
LabelRadar
ProducerNick Lowe
Elvis Costello chronology
My Aim Is True
(1977)
This Year's Model
(1978)
Armed Forces
(1979)
Singles from This Year's Model
  1. "Pump It Up"
    Released: 1978
  2. "Radio Radio"
    Released: 1978
  3. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea"
    Released: 3 March 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[4]
Blender5/5 stars[5]
Chicago Tribune4/4 stars[6]
Christgau's Record GuideA[7]
Entertainment WeeklyA[8]
Pitchfork10/10[9]
Q5/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[12]
Uncut5/5 stars[13]

This Year's Model is Elvis Costello's second album and his first with the Attractions, released in 1978. It was mainly recorded at Eden Studios in West London.

It was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.[14] In 2000, Q magazine placed This Year's Model at number 82 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 11 on its list of the best albums of the period 1967–1987. In 2003, the album was ranked number 98 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time,[15] maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list.[16]

Background[edit]

This Year's Model was Elvis Costello's first album with The Attractions. Most of the songs had been performed live with them prior to the recording of the album. The recording at Eden Studios began at the end of 1977 and was completed in early 1978. The sessions took about eleven days.[17] In liner notes for a 2002 reissue of the album, Costello cites the Rolling Stones Aftermath as a significant influence.[18]

Packaging[edit]

Early issues of the album have an apparently misprinted sleeve, which cuts off the left side of the front cover (including the letters 'E' from 'Elvis' and 'T' from 'This') and shows a printers' colour bar along the right side (see cover right). This was a deliberate mistake (a favourite technique of cover designer Barney Bubbles), as was pressing "Special pressing No. 003. Ring 434 32 32. Ask for Moira for your prize" between the holding spirals on Side 1. Indeed, people calling the aforementioned number ("Moira" being a press agent at Radar Records) would be rewarded with a badge.

Early issues of the LP came with a free 7" single, housed in a Radar house sleeve, with "Stranger in the House" (an outtake from Costellos debut album, as it was thought to be commercial suicide to release a country song in 1977)[19] on side A and a live cover of The Damned's "Neat Neat Neat" on side B. The promotion also included a black and white sticker stuck on the LP's shrinkwrap that said 'Free Album With This Single'.

The USA version was a different photo from the same session and didn't feature the deliberate mis-cropping. The original American pressing on Columbia also says "Costello" instead of "Columbia" on the inner label.

The title This Year's Model indirectly references two songs on the original UK album: most obviously "This Year's Girl",[20] but also "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea",[21] which contains a lyric about "last year's model".

Artwork[edit]

This Years Model features an album cover of Costello glaring from behind a camera. Chris Gabrin, the photographer from the sessions, recalled the shoot:

"The concept of him behind a camera for the sleeve of This Year's Model had already been chosen, so I decided to equip Elvis with exactly the same tripod and camera as I was using to create a 'mirror' for him. Alongside a powerful stereo I kept a large record collection at my Camden Studio, and artists would choose music they enjoyed or were interested in for their sessions. Just as we were about to start shooting, Elvis asked me if I had "Hotel California" by The Eagles, and could I play it? I was puzzled by his choice – until he told me that he loathed the record, but wanted to look really pissed off and angry in the shots! We played the record several times during the session and whilst I directed him, I was also aware of his copying some of my own actions as I took the photographs".[22]

Original LP track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elvis Costello.

Side one[edit]

  1. "No Action" – 1:58
  2. "This Year's Girl" – 3:17
  3. "The Beat" – 3:45
  4. "Pump It Up" – 3:14
  5. "Little Triggers" – 2:40
  6. "You Belong to Me" – 2:22

Side two[edit]

  1. "Hand in Hand" – 2:33
  2. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" – 3:07
  3. "Lip Service" – 2:36
  4. "Living in Paradise" – 3:52
  5. "Lipstick Vogue" – 3:42
  6. "Night Rally" – 2:41
  • The US release on Columbia, two months after the original UK release, dropped "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" and "Night Rally" and added "Radio Radio" to close side two.

Bonus tracks (1993 Rykodisc CD)[edit]

  1. "Radio Radio" – 3:05
  2. "Big Tears" – 3:09
  3. "Crawling to the USA" – 2:53
  4. "Running Out of Angels" (demo) – 2:02
  5. "Green Shirt" (demo) – 2:20
  6. "Big Boys" (demo) – 3:00
  • Note: the Rykodisc reissue placed "Radio Radio" after a 10-second silence following "Night Rally."

Bonus disc (2002 Rhino CD)[edit]

  1. "Big Tears" – 3:12
  2. "Crawling to the USA" – 2:55
  3. "Running Out of Angels" (Demo version) – 2:05
  4. "Green Shirt" (Demo version) – 2:22
  5. "Big Boys" (Demo version) – 3:00
  6. "You Belong to Me" (Capital Radio version) – 1:55
  7. "Radio Radio" (Capital Radio version) – 3:01
  8. "Neat Neat Neat" (Brian James) (Live) – 3:16
  9. "Roadette Song" (Ian Dury, Russell Hardy) (Live) – 5:40
  10. "This Year's Girl" (Alternate Eden Studios version) – 2:09
  11. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" (Basing Street Studios version) – 3:00
  12. "Stranger in the House" (BBC version) – 4:15
  • While the Rykodisc version contains the original album and bonus tracks on one CD, the Rhino version has two CDs. Disc one contains the original UK album plus "Radio, Radio" and disc two contains bonus tracks.

Deluxe edition (2008 Hip-O/Universal CD)[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "No Action" – 2:01
  2. "This Year's Girl" – 3:22
  3. "The Beat" – 3:48
  4. "Pump It Up" – 3:17
  5. "Little Triggers" – 2:43
  6. "You Belong to Me" – 2:25
  7. "Hand In Hand" – 2:38
  8. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" – 3:10
  9. "Lip Service" – 2:39
  10. "Living In Paradise" – 3:47
  11. "Lipstick Vogue" – 3:33
  12. "Night Rally" – 2:46
  13. "Radio, Radio" – 3:12
  14. "Big Tears" – 3:12
  15. "Crawling To The USA" – 2:54
  16. "Tiny Steps" – 2:44
  17. "Running Out of Angels" (Demo) – 2:04
  18. "Green Shirt" (Demo) – 2:22
  19. "Big Boys" (Demo) – 3:00
  20. "Neat Neat Neat" (Live) – 3:16
  21. "Roadette Song" (Live) – 5:40
  22. "This Year's Girl" (Alternate Eden Studios version) – 2:09
  23. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" (Alternate Basing Street Studios version) – 2:57

Disc two (Live at the Warner Theatre, Washington, DC, 28 February 1978)[edit]

  1. "Pump It Up" – 3:31
  2. "Waiting for the End of the World" – 3:59
  3. "No Action" – 2:28
  4. "Less Than Zero" – 4:29
  5. "The Beat" – 3:43
  6. "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" – 2:35
  7. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" – 3:58
  8. "Hand in Hand" – 2:53
  9. "Little Triggers" – 3:08
  10. "Radio, Radio" – 2:37
  11. "You Belong to Me" – 2:54
  12. "Lipstick Vogue" – 5:02
  13. "Watching the Detectives" – 6:02
  14. "Mystery Dance" – 3:58
  15. "Miracle Man" – 4:25
  16. "Blame It on Cain" – 4:05
  17. "Chemistry Class" (solo acoustic) – 2:44
  • "Chemistry Class" is a solo acoustic recording which was previously released on the 2002 Rhino re-issue of Armed Forces

Personnel[edit]

The Attractions:

with:

Use in other media[edit]

"This Year's Girl" is the theme song for HBO's The Deuce (second season), with added vocals by Natalie Bergman.[23]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history (selected)[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
UK 17 March 1978 (1978-03-17) Radar Records LP RAD 3
US May 1978 (1978-05) Columbia Records LP JC 35331
UK 1981 (1981) F-Beat Records LP XXLP 4
UK January 1986 (1986-01) IMP Records CD IMP FIEND CD 18
US January 1986 (1986-01) Columbia Records CD CK 35331
UK 18 October 1993 (1993-10-18) Demon Records CD DPAM2
US 19 October 1993 (1993-10-19) Rykodisc CD RCD 10272
Worldwide 19 February 2002 (2002-02-19) Rhino 2 CD R2 78354
Worldwide 10 September 2007 (2007-09-10) Hip-O CD B0008638-02
Worldwide 4 March 2008 (2008-03-04) Hip-O 2 CD 'Deluxe Edition' B0010681-02

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