1983 1982, Elvis Costello was asked to write the title track for a movie called Party Party (one critic on IMDB calls it sort of a British Animal House; here’s the tracklisting for an import soundtrack CD). Costello rounded up a couple of horn players to accompany the Attractions, rambled on about drunkenness and bad behavior (something he’d had quite some experience with in those years, by his own admission), and came up with the eponymous song. And he doesn’t want you to hear it anymore. It hasn’t been on any of his reissues, and he seems rather embarrassed by it, in fact.
Certainly, it isn’t the greatest song Elvis ever wrote – but it’s certainly better than about half the material on Goodbye Cruel World, and if pressed I could probably think of a few more EC songs that easily outdo it in badness.
It’s certainly catchy, and even if it does seem a bit forced (Costello’s own tales of drunkenness and cruelty usually had more of a point to them than merely retelling the tale) it deserves better than oblivion.
Elvis Costello (with the Royal Guard Horns) “Party Party”