On this day in music history: August 5, 1983 -…

On this day in music history: August 5, 1983 – “Punch The Clock”, the seventh album by Elvis Costello & The Attractions is released. Produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. it is recorded at AIR Studios in London from January – April 1983. Following the critically acclaimed and musically eclectic “Imperial Bedroom”, Elvis Costello will go back to a more straight ahead pop music sound, working with producers Langer and Winstanley (Madness, Dexys Midnight Runners). The album also features additional backing from the TKO Horns and background vocal duo Afrodiziak (featuring Caron Wheeler and Claudia Fontaine), spinning off three singles including Costello’s first US Top 40 hit, “Everyday I Write The Book” (#36 Pop). The album is first remastered and reissued in 1995 on Rykodisc Records, augmenting the thirteen song album with seven bonus tracks. It is reissued again in 2003 as a double CD edition with the bonus tracks from the 1995 version, with the second disc containing twenty six additional tracks, featuring song demos and live recordings made after the album was originally released. In 2013, audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissues the album on 180 gram vinyl. “Punch The Clock” peaks at number twenty four on the Billboard Top 200.