Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Goodbye Cruel World

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Goodbye Cruel World is the ninth studio album by English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, and his eighth with the Attractions—keyboardist Steve Nieve, bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Pete Thomas (no relation). It was released on 18 June 1984 through F-Beat Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States. It was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who returned from 1983’s Punch the Clock. Recorded at London’s Sarm West Studios in March 1984 during a period of turmoil for the artist, the problematic sessions included disagreements between Costello and the producers over the album’s direction and high tensions amongst the Attractions. The album features a commercial, mainstream pop sound in line with music trends of the time. The mostly downbeat lyrics reflect Costello’s personal upheavals at the time, including his failing marriage. Daryl Hall and Green Gartside contributed guest vocals to the singles “The Only Flame in Town” and “I Wanna Be Loved”, respectively. The cover artwork features Costello and the band on a cliffside against a blue sky, while the title, taken from an obscure 1960s single, was intended as black humour.

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