Live Stiff

Band members               Related acts

- Elvis Costello - vocals, guitar
- Ian Dury (RIP) - vocals, keyboards
- Nick Lowe - vocals, bass
- Wreckless Eric - vocals, guitar
- Larry Wallis - vocals


- Brinsley Schwarz (Nick Lowe)

- Elvis Costello (solo efforts)
- Ian Dury (solo efforts)
- Nick Lowe (solo efforts)
- Rockpile (Nick Lowe)
- Wreckless Eric (solo efforts)





Gene: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Live Stiffs

Company: Stiff

Catalog: Get 01

Country/State: UK

Year: 19??

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: minor popping on last track; clear blue vinyl; UK import

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: not yet listed

Price: $25.00


Ah shades of Motown's Motor City Motorcade !!! "Live Stiffs" captured the cream of the English label's mid-'70s recording roster during an English University tour (dates at the University of East Anglia and University Lyceum London). In terms of who these guys are, Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe are fairly well known in the States; Ian Dury and Wreckless Eric less so. Larry Wallis' a complete unknown (who incidently turns in one of the better performances with his "Police Car"). What else is there to say? Lowe's two contributions are suitably energetic, including the previously unreleased "Let's Eat". Eric's pair are forgettable. Costello's "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself " is the dullest of the lot (though he redeems himself with the rocking "Miracle Man"). Dury's rocks out, but is simply too English for most American listeners (anyone out there have a clue as to what "Billericay Dickie" is about?). Best track is the group's closing collaboration on Dury's "Sex Drugs Rock & Roll Chaos". Our copy's pressed on clear blue vinyl - drove our record player's tracking laser crazy.

"Live Stiff" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) (Nick Lowe's Last Chicken In the Shop) I Knew the Bride (Nick Lowe) - 3:20
2.) (Nick Lowe's Last Chicken In the Shop) Let's Eat (Nick Lowe) - 2:40
3.) (Wreckless Eric & the New Rockets) Semaphore Signals (Wreckles Eric) - 3:17
4.) (Wreckless Eric & the New Rockets) ) Reconnez Cherie (Wreckless Eric) - 3:40
5.) (Larry Wallis' Psychedelc Rowdies) Police Car (Larry Wallis) - 3:51

(side 2)

1.) (Elvis Costello & the Attractions) I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Burt Bacharach - Hal David) - 2:22
2.) (Elvis Costello & the Attractions) Miracle Man (Elvis Costello) - 4:18
3.) (Ian Dury & the Blockheads) Billericay Dickie (Ian Dury - Nugent) 
4.) (Ian Dury & the Blockheads) Wake Up and Make Love To Me (Elvis Costello - Chaz Jankel) - 4:18
5.) (All) Sex Drugs Rock & Roll Chaos (Ian Dury - Chaz Jankel) - 5:29



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