“(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” by Elvis Costello (1977)

5 06 2009

You will find a LOT of Elvis Costello records in our collection. He’s one of my favorite songwriters and performers, and he’s put out some amazing albums, like “Imperial Bedroom,” “This Year’s Model,” “Armed Forces,” and my personal favorite—as much for the great music as for the perfect timing in my life to hear it—“Blood and Chocolate.”

And I love the album from which this track comes, “My Aim is True,” which was his first record. You absolutely must hear “Watching the Detectives,” the track I was going to highlight for you. But I wanted to post “Angels” because it’s one of those songs that’s near and dear to my heart. It’s everything I like about Mr. Costello’s music. He would branch out into many musical directions, but he would always retain that edgy, sly wit in both his lyrics and music.

Every time I hear this line from the song, I can’t help but smile, if not laugh out loud:

“I said, ‘I’m so happy, I could die.’
She said, ‘Drop dead,’ then left with another guy.”





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