Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Elvis Costello – Accidents Will Happen

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299 – Elvis Costello – Accidents Will Happen (1979)
Written by Elvis Costello
Produced by Nick Lowe
Label – Radar

Outstandingly crafted power pop single, superbly arranged by Nick Lowe, with customary tight backing from the Attractions. The vocal “I Know” fade out to this story of infidelity is breathtaking, one of those moments you never want to end.

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3 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Elvis Costello – Accidents Will Happen

  1. Well Hackskeptic. I just don’t know where to begin.
    From the brilliant sleeve to brilliant lyric to jaw dropping coda they don’t make em like this too often.
    A wondrous melody with E.C in Sinatra mode vocally. The Attractions playing with tread to spare.
    As a 15 year old in 79 this type of tune gave me a way out of punk into the old fashioned song I’d been brought up to appreciate.
    Thisone goes to 11/10

  2. It is one of E.C’s greatest melodies, I agree. Dare I say, better than Oliver’s Army and that’s damn good.

  3. One of the songs in life that you appreciate after its currency is gone and regret the fact that you failed to tell EVERYONE in the whole world to listen to it.

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