I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

Album: Get Happy! (1980)
Charted: 4
  • This UK hit was originally a gut-wrenching B-side ballad recorded by Sam & Dave. Elvis Costello it into an up-tempo stomper in praise of drink. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England
  • Costello recalled his unique dancing showcased in the song's music video in an interview with Q magazine November 2010. Said Elvis: "We went to one of those proper dance studios with the mirror on the wall and the choreographer was trying to teach us basic Motown backing singer steps. I was drinking and said, 'Well… the lead singer doesn't usually do the moves,' so I did a few steps and left it to the Attractions to do it all. The idea behind those early videos was to make comical little films. Once you started to think, 'I'm remaking The Third Man or Citizen Kane,' it lost a little of the charm."

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