500 Greatest Songs of All Time


Elvis Costello and the Attractions, '(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding'

Writer: Nick Lowe
Producer: Lowe
Released: Jan. '79, Columbia

"What’s So Funny" was written by Lowe, Costello’s pal and producer. The original, by Lowe’s country-rock band Brinsley Schwartz, was mellow and cute, but Costello snarls the song intensely enough to make the title question seem brand-new, with thundering drums and droning piano. It’s like Abba playing punk rock.

Appears on: Armed Forces (Rhino)


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