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Out of Our Idiot
Compilation album by Elvis Costello
Released 1987
Recorded 1979-87
Genre Rock C
Label Demon
Producer Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Colin Fairley, the Mono-Kings, the Coward Brothers, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley, Allen Toussaint, J. Henry "T-Bone" Burnett, Larry Hirsch
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Out of Our Idiot

Out of Our Idiot is a 1987 compilation album of then rare and unreleased recordings dating back to 1979 by Elvis Costello, which was released in the UK on Demon Records. The album was credited to "Various Artists" rather than to Costello because the tracks were recorded and credited under a variety of names, including The Costello Show, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Elvis Costello and the Confederates, the Coward Brothers, Napoleon Dynamite, and The Emotional Toothpaste, and with a variety of collaborators, including Jimmy Cliff, Nick Lowe and T-Bone Burnett.


Track listing

All songs written by Elvis Costello except as indicated.

Side one

  1. "Seven Day Weekend" (Costello, Jimmy Cliff)
  2. "Turning the Town Red"
  3. "Heathen Town"
  4. "The People's Limousine" (Costello, T-Bone Burnett)
  5. "So Young" (Joe Camilleri, Tony Faehse, Jeff Bustin)
  6. "American Without Tears No. 2 (Twilight Version)" (Declan MacManus)
  7. "Get Yourself Another Fool" (Tucker, Hayward)
  8. "Walking on Thin Ice" (Yoko Ono)

Side two

  1. "Blue Chair" (Declan MacManus)
  2. "Baby It's You" (Burt Bacharach, Mack David, Barney Williams)
  3. "From Head to Toe" (Smokey Robinson)
  4. "Shoes Without Heels" (Declan MacManus)
  5. "Baby's Got a Brand New Hairdo" (Declan MacManus)
  6. "The Flirting Kind"
  7. "Black Sails in the Sunset"
  8. "Imperial Bedroom"
  9. "The Stamping Ground"


Elvis Costello (solo)

The Coward Brothers

Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Elvis Costello and the Confederates

The Costello Show, featuring the Attractions

  • ("Baby's Got a Brand New Hairdo")

Napoleon Dynamite and the Royal Guard

The Emotional Toothpaste

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