About Attractions

The Attractions were an English backing band for Elvis Costello between 1977 and 1986, and again from 1994 to 1996. The original Attractions members were Elvis Costello (vocals, guitar), Steve Naive (drums), Pete Thomas (bass), and Bruce Thomas (no relation to Pete; keyboards). keyboardist Clive Langer and guitarist Roger Bechirian. The Attractions served as Elvis Costello's backing band on most of his studio albums from 1977 to 1986, including his breakout album My Aim Is True (1977), This Year's Model (1978), Armed Forces (1979), and Blood & Chocolate (1986). The Attractions' first album with Costello, This Year's Model (1978), was released, but the band did not receive co-billing until 1979's Armed Forces. Naive left the band shortly after recording for Armed Forces began and was replaced by Jimmy Cliff's drummer, Paul Robinson. The Attractions were a tight-knit unit during these years, often described as one of the best "live" bands of that period.

The Attractions recorded an album in 1980, which they named "Mad About The Wrong Boy". This album was never officially released, but tracks from it have been bootlegged and some have been officially released on compilation albums. The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. drummer Steve Naive died in 2020. Elvis Costello has said that the Attractions were "the best band he ever worked with". He also said that working with them was like "being in a gang". The Attractions were known for their tight musicianship and for their ability to change styles depending on the song. They were also known for their outgoing personalities and for their willingness to experiment. The Attractions were an important part of Elvis Costello's career and helped him to grow as an artist. They will be remembered as one of the great rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s.

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