Pump It Up

Album: This Year's Model (1978)
Charted: 24

Songfacts®:

  • Elvis Costello wrote this on the fire escape at a Newcastle hotel during Stiff Records 1977 tour. At the time he was upset that his road-mates were taking the sex and drugs and rock n roll philosophy rather too literally.
  • The guitar riff was sampled in Rogue Traders' 2005 UK #3 single "Voodoo Child."
  • Madonna learned to play the drums by playing along to this song.

Comments: 3

  • Hedrek from Los Angeles, CaFerocious, powerful, ridiculous. It should have been called "Embolisms and Infarctions for Lovers"
  • Steve from Chino Hills, CaThis was back in the day of ultra low budget videos. Hence the white cove background. His spastic movements and funky glasses makes what should be an ordinary video into an iconic video.
  • Nikolai from Los Angeles, CaReally good song.
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