This song was written by Elvis Costello but first recorded and released by Dave Edmunds, whose version was a big hit in the UK, charting at #4. Costello and Edmunds were in the same circle of friends that were making making music in West London. Among their cohorts was Nick Lowe, who was in a band with Edmunds called Rockpile and was also producing Costello's album Get Happy!!
In our interview with Edmunds
, he told the story: "Elvis came to the studio one day, and he said, 'I've got a song for you.' And he gave me a cassette. Now, it wasn't very good - it was just him on a guitar, and he was rushing through it at a furious pace. At first I couldn't see it.
And also there was some lines needed, because the verses weren't symmetrical. He had a verse with four lines in and then a verse with three lines in, so Nick and I made up some lyrics and popped them in. Then I threw the whole thing right down, got a groove going on it, and put the record together with some acoustic guitar punctuation like Don Everly used to do on the Everly Brothers early records. The record came together and I was quite proud of that."