On February 7, 1989.


On February 7, 1989, “Warner Bros.” released “Spike”, the 12th Elvis Costello studio album. It was recorded 1987 – 1988, and was produced by Elvis Costello, Kevin Killen and T-Bone Burnett.


  • Elvis Costello– vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, piano, bells, acoustic bass guitar, organ, melodica
  • T-Bone Burnett– acoustic guitar, bass, national steel guitar
  • Dónal Lunny– acoustic guitar, bouzouki, electric bouzouki
  • Marc Ribot– banjo, electric guitar, Spanish guitar, sounds
  • Roger McGuinn– twelve-string guitar, Rickenbacker bass guitar
  • Allen Toussaint– grand piano
  • Mitchell Froom– organ, harmonium, electric piano, Chamberlin, Indian harmonium
  • Benmont Tench– piano, clavinet, spinet, Vox Continental
  • Derek Bell– Irish harp, hammered dulcimer
  • Frankie Gavin – fiddle
  • Davy Spillane– pipe, uilleann pipes, Low whistle
  • Steve Wickham– fiddle
  • Christy Moore– bodhran
  • Paul McCartney– Hofner bass guitar, Rickenbacker bass guitar
  • Nick Lowe– bass
  • Buell Neidlinger– cello, double bass
  • Jerry Scheff– electric bass, double bass, fuzz bass
  • Tom “T-Bone” Wolk– accordion, bass
  • Pete Thomas – drums
  • Willie Green – drums
  • Jerry Marotta– drums
  • Pete Thomas– drums
  • Lionel Batiste– bass drum
  • Jenell Marshall– snare drum
  • Jim Keltner– tom-toms, snare drum, Chinese cymbal
  • Michael Blair – glockenspiel, marimba, tambourine, xylophone, bells, timpani, vibraphone, Chinese drums, Oldsmobilehubcap, Parade drum, anvil, whiplash, crash-box, temple bells, snare drum, “magic table”, metal pipe, “Martian dog bark”
  • Ralph Forbes – electric drums, drum programming
  • Cait O’Riordan– maracas, bells
  • Kevin Harris– tenor saxophone
  • Charles Joseph– trombone
  • Kirk Joseph– sousaphone
  • Roger Lewis– baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Gregory Davis– trumpet
  • Efrem Towns– trumpet
  • Chrissie Hynde– harmony vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Elvis Costello, except where noted.

  1. …This Town…
  2. Let Him Dangle
  3. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
  4. Veronica – Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney
  5. God’s Comic
  6. Chewing Gum
  7. Tramp the Dirt Down
  8. Stalin Malone
  9. Satellite
  10. Pads, Paws and Claws – Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney
  11. Baby Plays Around – Elvis Costello and Cait O’Riordan
  12. Miss Macbeth
  13. Any King’s Shilling
  14. Coal-Train Robberies
  15. Last Boat Leaving

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