500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Elvis Costello, 'Alison'
Producer: Nick Lowe
Released: Nov. '77, Columbia
Did not chart
Some people think "Alison" is a murder ballad. "It isn’t," Costello told Rolling Stone in 2002. "It’s about disappointing somebody. It’s a thin line between love and hate, as the Persuaders sang." Costello’s backup band was Huey Lewis' outfit Clover; Lewis himself didn’t play on the album, presumably because Costello didn’t need any harmonica players.
Appears on: My Aim Is True (Rhino)
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