Monday, April 9, 2018

Photographs of Fancy Tricks

Elvis Costello and the Attractions : ( I Don't Want to go to) Chelsea

On April 9, Elvis Costello's first single from This Year's Model, "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea",  peaked at UK #16.

Costello has worked as a white coated computer technician at Elizabeth Arden, next door to the cosmetics factory when he wrote the song taking a contrary view on fashion. He writes about the song in Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink:

Early one morning, I snuck my guitar into the office, as I knew I’d be working late into the night. Once everyone else had gone home and I was alone in the otherwise darkened building, with just the hum and chatter of the computer terminal and the far-off light of a coffee machine next to the stairwell where murderers lurked, I wrote “(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea.” My initial guitar riff was one I borrowed from The Who’s “I Can’t Explain,” but I was glad that Pete Thomas and Bruce Thomas later came up with a more syncopated way to play it, especially after I found out that The Clash had pinched the same riff for “Clash City Rockers.


  1. On the sidebar you have Cecil Taylor as "avant garde jazz drummer." He was, of course, a pianist.