Out of Our Idiot

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following in the tradition of Taking Liberties and Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers, Out of Our Idiot compiles 21 rarities Elvis Costello released during the early and mid-'80s, usually under pseudonyms. Many of these songs are collaborations -- "Seven Day Weekend" is a rollicking duet with Jimmy Cliff; Elvis sings "Baby It's You" with Nick Lowe; Costello and T-Bone Burnett form the Coward Brothers -- hence the album's billing as a "various-artists" record, which is indicative of its freewheeling, goofy humor. Even with a cover of Richard Thompson's harrowing "Withered and Died," Out of Our Idiot is pure fun, and it's not just for collectors. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following in the tradition of Taking Liberties and Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers, Out of Our Idiot compiles 21 rarities Elvis Costello released during the early and mid-'80s, usually under pseudonyms. Many of these songs are collaborations -- "Seven Day Weekend" is a rollicking duet with Jimmy Cliff; Elvis sings "Baby It's You" with Nick Lowe; Costello and T-Bone Burnett form the Coward Brothers -- hence the album's billing as a "various-artists" record, which is indicative of its freewheeling, goofy humor. Even with a cover of Richard Thompson's harrowing "Withered and Died," Out of Our Idiot is pure fun, and it's not just for collectors. Costello's throwaways are frequently excellent, whether it's covers Yoko Ono's "Walking on Thin Ice," Smokey Robinson's "From Head to Toe," "So Young", genre exercises, jokes, or full-fledged songs. Most of the songs on Out of Our Idiot were later included as bonus tracks in the Demon/Rykodisc reissue series, but this remains the only place "Little Goody Two Shoes" a working version of "Inch by Inch" is available. Besides, it's a great listen in its own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/1996
  • Label: Demon Records Uk
  • EAN: 5014757070679
  • Catalog Number: 67

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Seven Day Weekend (2:38)
  2. 2 Turning the Town Red - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:21)
  3. 3 Heathen Town - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:06)
  4. 4 The People's Limousine - The Coward Brothers (3:40)
  5. 5 So Young (3:27)
  6. 6 Little Goody Two Shoes - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:28)
  7. 7 American Without Tears No. 2 (3:35)
  8. 8 Get Yourself Another Fool (4:03)
  9. 9 Walking on Thin Ice - TKO Horns (3:43)
  10. 10 Withered and Died - Imposter (3:15)
  11. 11 Blue Chair (3:39)
  12. 12 Baby It's You - Nick Lowe (3:17)
  13. 13 From Head to Toe - The Attractions (2:35)
  14. 14 Shoes Without Heels (4:16)
  15. 15 Baby's Got a Brand New Hairdo (3:22)
  16. 16 The Flirting Kind - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:59)
  17. 17 Black Sails in the Sunset - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:11)
  18. 18 A Town Called Big Nothing (Really Big Nothing) - Sylvan Richardson (5:44)
  19. 19 Big Sister - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:17)
  20. 20 Imperial Bedroom - Napoleon Dynamite (2:48)
  21. 21 The Stamping Ground (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Costello Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
James Burton Guitar
Steve Nieve Keyboards
The Royal Guardsmen Track Performer
Gary Barnacle Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
T Bone Burnett Guitar
Mickey Curry Drums
Nick Lowe Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
David Miner Bass
Cait O'Riordan Vocals
Sylvan Richardson Track Performer
Jerry Scheff Bass
Bruce Thomas Bass, Saxophone
Pete Thomas Percussion, Drums, Saxophone
Ron Tutt Drums
Annie Whitehead Trombone
Henry Coward Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Rhythm
Howard Coward Guitar
Steve Hart Piano
Declan MacManus Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Ross MacManus Trumpet, Hand Clapping, Hand Clapping
T-Bone Wolk Bass
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer, Producer
Clive Langer Producer
Roger Bechirian Engineer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Geoff Emerick Producer
Colin Fairley Producer
Larry Hirsch Producer, Engineer
Neill King Engineer
Nick Lowe Producer
Allen Toussaint Producer
Alan Winstanley Producer
Henry Coward Engineer
Imposter Producer
Declan MacManus Producer
Mono-Kings Producer
Declan Patrick Producer
The Coward Brothers Producer
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