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Blood and Chocolate
Studio album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Released September 15, 1986
Recorded March-May 1986
Genre Rock, Punk/New Wave
Length 47:48
Label Demon (UK)
Columbia (US)
Rykodisc (September 5, 1995 Reissue)
Rhino (February 19, 2002 Reissue)
Hip-O (May 1, 2007 Reissue)
Producer Nick Lowe and Colin Fairley
Professional reviews
Elvis Costello and the Attractions chronology
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Blood and Chocolate is an 1986 album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. The album reunited Costello, the Attractions and producer Nick Lowe, but it was the last recorded by the group before a breakup that would last for eight years. The album was, unusually for its time as a studio album, recorded in a single large room at high volume, with the band listening to each other on monitor speakers rather than headphones. Costello describes it as "a record of people beating and twanging things with a fair amount of yelling".

Costello's singing and playing is credited on the album under the pseudonym Napoleon Dynamite, while his songwriting is credited to him under his actual surname, "MacManus" (with the exception of "I Hope You're Happy Now", which is credited to "Costello").

The album uses Esperanto to list musician credits and LP sides.

The line in Tokyo Storm Warning referring to "Japanese God-Jesus robots telling teenage fortunes" refers to a real toy made by Bandai.[1]

In 1986 Line Records in Germany released the LP on limited edition white vinyl.


Track listing

All songs written by Elvis Costello unless otherwise indicated.


Side one

  1. "Uncomplicated" – 3:26
  2. "I Hope You're Happy Now" – 3:07
  3. "Tokyo Storm Warning" (Costello, Cait O'Riordan) – 6:24
  4. "Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head" – 5:04
  5. "I Want You" – 6:40

Side two

  1. "Honey, Are You Straight or Are You Blind?" – 2:08
  2. "Blue Chair" – 3:09
  3. "Battered Old Bird" – 5:50
  4. "Crimes of Paris" – 4:19
  5. "Poor Napoleon" – 3:21
  6. "Next Time Round" – 3:35

CD reissue bonus tracks (1995 Rykodisc)

  1. "Seven Day Weekend" (with Jimmy Cliff) (Costello, Jimmy Cliff) – 2:36
  2. "Forgive Her Anything" – 3:11
  3. "Blue Chair" (Single version) – 3:38
  4. "Baby's Got a Brand New Hairdo" – 3:23
  5. "American without Tears No. 2" (Twilight version) – 3:33
  6. "A Town Called Big Nothing (Really Big Nothing)" – 5:44
  • A limited edition version of this release came bundled with a bonus disc entitled An Overview Disc. It consists of an 80 minute interview with Peter Doggett, conducted on July 21st, 1995, in which Costello and Doggett discuss his career and releases up to 1986.

Bonus disc (2002 Rhino)

  1. "Leave My Kitten Alone" (Little Willie John, James McDougal, Titus Turner) – 3:24
  2. "New Rhythm Method" – 2:30
  3. "Forgive Her Anything" (new version) – 3:51
  4. "Crimes of Paris" (electric version) – 4:37
  5. "Uncomplicated" (alternate version) – 3:06
  6. "Battered Old Bird" (alternate version) – 4:24
  7. "Seven Day Weekend" (with Jimmy Cliff) (Costello, Cliff) – 2:36
  8. "Blue Chair" – 3:41
  9. "Baby's Got a Brand New Hairdo" (live) – 3:25
  10. "American Without Tears No. 2" – 3:35
  11. "All These Things" (Allen Toussaint) – 3:04
  12. "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man" (Drew Baker, Dani McCormick) – 2:34
  13. "Running Out of Fools" (Richard Ahlert, Kay Rogers) – 2:35
  14. "Tell Me Right Now" (Joe Tex) – 3:05
  15. "Lonely Blue Boy" (Ben Weisman, Fred Wise) – 2:04

Note: The Rykodisc version has the original tracks and bonus tracks on one CD. The Rhino version has two CDs with the original tracks on the first CD.


Additional personnel

Note: Instrumental credits were listed in Esperanto. Translations of balgo, kanoj, klingovaroj approximate, at best.

Notes and references


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