“(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?”
Written by Nick Lowe for his pub-rock band Brinsley Schwarz, the song was recorded by Costello (but credited to Lowe) as a B side, then hastily added to the Attractions' Armed Forces album in the U.S. The lyrics wonder what had become of hippie ideals in the cynical Seventies; the song was rendered that much more powerful by the fact that both Lowe and Costello were identified with the anti-hippie punk and New Wave scenes. Lowe once said he was inspired to write the song by Judee Sill's 1971 folk song "Jesus Was a Crossmaker." "I sort of pinched that," he said.