High Fidelity

Well, I just can’t seem to leave the 1980s behind. Let’s have just one more from that decade, shall we?

Elvis Costello and the Attractions recorded the high-energy, uptempo “High Fidelity” in 1979 and released it on their 1980 record, Get Happy!! The song is familiar to me, but I have not heard it in many decades. I found it today searching through the 1980s tab on my Apple Music library (where it resides as part of 1986, 22-track compilation from the iTunes Store, Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions).

The song is believed to be about an adulterous couple in which one partner still has hope for a future in the relationship. And, like so many songs, the upbeat nature of the tune contrasts with the mood of the narrative. Costello wrote the piece at a time of his life and career when he was feeling heightened pressure due to his growing fame and all the nastiness that can sometimes bring a person’s soul. I don’t envy famous people; they often pay a high personal price for their monetary wealth.

Costello is one of those artists I listened to with friends but never collected myself until I bought that quoted compilation ten years ago. I’ve posted two of his songs before: “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” and the sad but brilliant “Good Year for the Roses,” the latter of which often seems to play when my sweety and I are making Saturday night pizza together. She always says, “Oh, that’s so sad… play it again!

Costello makes some simple but catchy dance moves in the official video for the song. It’s also from 1980, so the sound quality isn’t the best, but the strong bass line still comes through pretty well.

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the official video from Elvis Costello’s official YouTube channel:

Unofficial lyrics are courtesy of AZLyrics.com.

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