Get Happy!
Elvis Costello & the Attractions

Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Duration: 48:19
Genre: Rock, Blues

The fourth album by Elvis Costello, his third with the Attractions, Get Happy!! is notable for being a dramatic break in tone from Costello's previous "trilogy" of commercially successful albums, and for being heavily influenced by R and soul music. The cover art was intentionally designed to have a "retro" feel, to look like the cover of an old LP with ring wear on both front and back.

The title may be a reference to gospel music, where "getting happy" is synonymous with receiving the Holy Spirit (a meaning that Costello himself hints at in the liner notes to the 2003 edition of the album). The title may also refer to the Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler song of the same name.

It was placed at #11 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.

During the American concert tour for Armed Forces in April 1979, Costello engaged in a drunken argument with Stephen Stills and Bonnie Bramlett in a Columbus, Ohio, Holiday Inn hotel bar, during which Costello referred to James Brown as a "jive-arsed nigger," then upped the ante by pronouncing Ray Charles a "blind, ignorant nigger.

Love for Tender2:06
The Imposter2:39
Secondary Modern2:05
King Horse2:31
Human Touch2:30
Man Called Uncle1:49
Clowntime Is Over2:34
New Amsterdam2:22
High Fidelity3:36
I Cant Stand Up For Falling Down1:57
Black & White World3:13
Five Gears In Reverse1:58
B Movie1:58
Motel Matches3:01
Human Torch2:04
Beaten to the Punch2:18
I Stand Accused2:13
Riot Act2:29
Original Release: 1980-02-15
Producer: Nick Lowe
UPC: 821797233415