Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Pump It Up”

Elvis Costello – Gary Numan

Very early Elvis Costello leads off today, with a video that played upon the cover of his second album, This Year’s Model. Flashy organ work by Steve Nieve – but listen to that bass by Bruce Thomas. He was an important part of the sound of the Attractions.

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Between his early alienated robot music and his later industrial music, Gary Numan actually produced some fairly catchy music for the dance floor. This is from 1984’s Berzerker.

Even though the background singers are saying “Pump Me Up”, and a later cover by Caroline Munro was entitled “Pump Me Up”, the original track was actually entitled “Pump It Up”. A mistake? Who knows?

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