“Anybody who owns a guitar and plays rock music has either die-hard respect or begrudging respect for his records. I’m a huge Elvis Costello fan, but this album in particular stands out.
“My Aim Is True is a brilliant mission statement, but it’s pre-Attractions. The energy is different on This Year’s Model. Elvis is playing off the Attractions, who are just amazing musicians. There’s a thrashy thing going on here. The band is almost green, like they’re just figuring out how they’re supposed to play together. That’s punk rock to me. It’s more punk rock than most punk-rock records.
“There’s so many layers to Elvis’ lyrics – they’re literate and full of so many unique observations. The fact that he could go from an album like this and then do something like Painted From Memory or write a song like Shipbuilding, that’s pretty awesome.
“By the way, the only records that I like Farfisa organs on pretty much all feature Steve Nieve.”