ORIGINAL ALBUM (57:22)
BONUS DISC (49:49)
- Pony St. (3:20)
- Kinder Murder (3:24)
- 13 Steps Lead Down (3:16)
- This Is Hell (4:26)
- Clown Strike (4:01)
- You Tripped At Every Step (4:07)
- Still Too Soon To Know (2:19)
- 20% Amnesia (3:24)
- Sulky Girl (5:01)
- London's Brilliant Parade (4:22)
- My Science Fiction Twin (4:09)
- Rocking Horse Road (4:02)
- Just About Glad (3:13)
- All The Rage (3:51)
- Favourite Hour (3:31)
Brutal Youth began under the
working title Idiophone at
Pathway Studios in December 1992, with Elvis planning to record an album
accompanied only by Pete Thomas. That plan was quickly abandoned as
sessions moved to the Church Studios, and Steve Nieve was brought in.
Before long the entire project was put on hold while Elvis wrote new
material. Work on the album recommenced at Olympic Studios in mid-1993,
with Mitchell Froom now co-producing and Nick Lowe handling the bass.
Nick eventually bowed out and was replaced by Bruce Thomas, completing
the reunion of Elvis Costello and the Attractions. The fact that the
album was credited to Elvis as a solo artist and only featured the full
Attractions lineup on one-third of the album was largely overlooked in
the hype surrounding "the first Elvis Costello and the Attractions album
in eight years."
- Life Shrinks (3:27)
- Favourite Hour (Church Studios version) (3:32)
- This Is Hell (Church Studios version) (4:10)
- Idiophone (1:56)
- Abandon Words (2:54)
- Poisoned Letter (3:46)
- A Drunken Man's Praise Of Sobriety (1:06)
- Pony St. (Bonaparte Rooms version) (3:34)
- Just About Glad (Bonaparte Rooms version) (3:39)
- Clown Strike (Bonaparte Rooms version) (4:17)
- Rocking Horse Road (demo) (3:15)
- 13 Steps Lead Down (demo) (2:04)
- All The Rage (demo) (3:36)
- Sulky Girl (demo) (4:29)
- You Tripped At Every Step (Church Studios version) (3:25)
Bruce Thomas does not appear at all on Rhino's bonus disc, which offers
a generous selection of demos, rehearsals, and outtakes from the period
while curiously omitting anything recorded at Olympic Studios, where
almost all of the original album was recorded.
FAVOURITE HOUR (CHURCH STUDIOS VERSION)
This early version featuring Elvis (singing but not playing an
instrument), Steve Nieve and Pete Thomas was recorded December 9, 1992
at the Church Studios. The version that made the album was recorded the
following year by Elvis alone.
THIS IS HELL (CHURCH STUDIOS
YOU TRIPPED AT EVERY STEP (CHURCH
Two more early renditions from the Church Studios sessions, these
were recorded December 11, 1992 by Elvis (now on bass), Steve, and Pete.
The finished versions were recorded with the full Attractions lineup the
This song was completely unheard in any form prior to this
release. Pete Thomas' drum loop and Matt MacManus' bass were recorded at
the Church Studios in December 1992. Elvis' vocal was recorded at home,
but it is unclear when.
This song which combines compositional elements ultimately used
in "All The Rage" and "My Science Fiction Twin" was described in Musician magazine in March 1994, but
it was unheard before it was released here. Rhino's track notes credit
it as being recorded December 7, 1992 at the Church Studios by Elvis,
Nick Lowe, and Pete Thomas, although the accuracy of these details is
questionable, since Elvis' liner notes describe the song as being
recorded at Pathway Studios (although he does not specify that this is
that version) and imply that Nick's involvement with the album did not
begin until 1993.
PONY ST. (BONAPARTE ROOMS VERSION)
JUST ABOUT GLAD (BONAPARTE ROOMS
CLOWN STRIKE (BONAPARTE ROOMS VERSION)
These rehearsal takes by Elvis, Nick, and Pete were recorded at
Pete's home studio (called the Bonaparte Rooms in the track titles but
the Napoleon Rooms in Elvis' liner notes) in the spring or early summer
ROCKING HORSE ROAD (DEMO)
13 STEPS LEAD DOWN (DEMO)
ALL THE RAGE (DEMO)
SULKY GIRL (DEMO)
All four of these songs were written after the Church Studios
sessions and before the Bonaparte rooms rehearsals, so these home demos
must have been recorded sometime between the last days of 1992 and
mid-1993. "Rocking Horse Road" and "13 Steps Lead Down" were both
written the same day as four other Brutal
Youth tunes, and "All The Rage" and "Sulky Girl" were written
"soon" after, according to Elvis' liner notes.
The only song on the bonus disc that was never intended for the Brutal Youth/Idiophone project, this was written
for (but not used in) the film The
War Of The Buttons and
recorded February 7, 1994 at Westside Recording Studios with Steve
Nieve, Steve Donnelly, Trevor Barry, Pete Thomas, and Andy Findon. It
was first released on the UK CD single for "It's Time."
The instrumental title song for the Idiophone project was recorded at the
initial sessions at Pathway Studios in November or early December 1992
and first released on the "Sulky Girl" CD single in the UK. Curiously,
that initial release was credited as featuring both Elvis and Pete
Thomas, but the Rhino booklet credits the performance to Elvis alone.
A DRUNKEN MAN'S PRAISE OF SOBRIETY
Also recorded at Pathway Studios in late 1992, this adaptation of
a W.B. Yeats poem was presumably performed at the W.B. Yeats festival in
Dublin that same year. It was previously available as the B-side of
"Sulky Girl" in the UK and the B-side of "13 Steps Lead Down" in the US.
Like "Idiophone," it was credited as an Elvis & Pete performance on
the "Sulky Girl" single and as Elvis solo in the Rhino booklet.
WHAT'S MISSING (RELEASED RECORDINGS)
BASEMENT KISS (LIVE, DUBLIN, DEC. 1, 1994)
Other End Of The Telescope" CD single]
This live reading of one of the songs Elvis wrote for Wendy James comes
from the last night of the Brutal Youth
tour. It could also be a potential bonus track on the rumored separate
release of The
WHAT'S MISSING (UNRELEASED RECORDINGS)
DISTORTED ANGEL (ALTERNATE VERSION)
The first song attempted by the reunited Attractions went unused
on Brutal Youth and was
re-recorded for All
This Useless Beauty. The March 1994 Musician article gives a fair amount
of detail about the multiple attempts at the song during the August 2,
1993 session at Olympic Studios, but the demo on the All This Useless Beauty bonus
disc remains the only available version from this period.
LONDON'S BRILLIANT PARADE (CHURCH
This is mentioned in Elvis' liner notes as among the "good
exploratory versions" of Brutal Youth
songs recorded in December 1992 with Steve and Pete.
CLOWN STRIKE (DEMO)
STILL TOO SOON TO KNOW (DEMO)
JUST ABOUT GLAD (DEMO)
An early list of possibilities for the bonus disc included these
demos which failed to make the final cut.
Perhaps the most notable tracks missing from the Brutal Youth bonus disc are the Wendy
James demos, which are discussed on the Gwendolyn page.
Several previously released
cover songs – "My Resistance Is Low," "Congratulations," "Brilliant
Disguise," "Step Inside Love," "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away,"
"Sally Sue Brown," "Sticks And Stones," "But Not For Me," and "Full
Force Gale" – were recorded around the time of Brutal Youth but appear instead on
the Kojak Variety
bonus disc. "They Can't Take That Away From Me" does not appear on the Kojak Variety
bonus disc but will continue to be discussed on that page at least for
"She Moved Through The Fair" and "Lost In The Stars" also date from
this period but are discussed with The Juliet Letters.