Compilation – Live Stiffs Live – Cassette
In order to promote their label and their roster, Stiff Records devised the Live Stiffs package tour as way to showcase all of their key artists (Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Lew Lewis Reformer), as well as themselves. The Live Stiffs shows became notorious for their intoxicatingly (and intoxicated) ragged performances, which the live album Live Stiffs captures particularly well. Elvis Costello’s torchy version of Bacharach-David’s “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself” is a highlight, as are Nick Lowe’s two cuts, the otherwise-unavailable “Let’s Eat” and a rocking version of “I Knew the Bride,” which he never released during the late ’70s. Dury and Wreckless Eric are nearly as good, and the entire record captures the wild, careening spirit of Stiff — it’s fun, trashy rock & roll.
1. Nick Lowe’s Last Chicken In The Shop – I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock And Roll)
2. Nick Lowe’s Last Chicken In The Shop – Lets Eat
3. Wreckless Eric And The New Rockets – Semaphore Signals
4. Wreckless Eric And The New Rockets – Reconnez Cherie
5. Larry Wallis Psychedelic Rowdies – Police Car
6. Elvis Costello And The Attractions – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
7. Elvis Costello And The Attractions – Miracle Men
8. Ian Dury And The Blockheads – Wake Up And Make Love With Me
9. Ian Dury And The Blockheads – Billericay Dickie
10. All – Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll And Chaos
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