I recently ran across this recording from the Harlem Sessions recording by A Camp. (Incidentally, Nina Persson’s spoken intro answers the question I’d had concerning the proper pronunciation of the band’s name: like the usual phrase, or as in “A-Team” – it’s the first one.) And my god, if you’d told me this was a cover of an unreleased Elvis Costello b-side circa Imperial Bedroom, I’d totally believe you. Everything about this song – the wordplay, the melodic line and chord structure, the cynical narrative perspective, even the way the lyric worries the metaphor – just reeks mid-period Elvis. I actually dug around a bit to make sure the track wasn’t in fact a Costello cover.