500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Elvis Costello, 'Watching the Detectives'
Producer: Nick Lowe
Released: Nov. '77, Columbia
Did not chart
In the summer of 1977, Costello was still an aspiring songwriter when he took the Clash’s debut back to his London flat and "listened to it for 36 hours straight," he recalled. "And I wrote 'Watching the Detectives.'" Still, he maintained, "I was never part of any punk-rock thing. I couldn't afford to go to nightclubs at night. I had a wife and kid, and I had to go to work."
Appears on: My Aim Is True (Rhino)