(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea

"(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea"

Artwork for UK vinyl single
Single by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
from the album This Year's Model
B-side "You Belong to Me"
Released 1978 (1978)
Genre Punk Rock
Length 3:06
Label Radar
Writer(s) Elvis Costello
Producer(s) Nick Lowe
Elvis Costello singles chronology
"Watching the Detectives"
"(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea"
"Pump It Up"

"(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" is a 1978 song by Elvis Costello. Released as a single from his album This Year's Model, it reached No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] In his album notes for Girls Girls Girls, Costello wrote that the song "[m]ight have been just a poor relation to 'All of the Day (and All of the Night)', 'I Can't Explain' or even 'Clash City Rockers' had it not been for Bruce Thomas' great bassline. Meanwhile I was trying to fit in this lick from an old Pioneers record, though which one I can't recall."[2]


The video features the band performing in an unfurnished, light-drenched, wholly white set, and uses a simple shrinking square zoom effect. It was directed by Paul Flattery for Jon Roseman Productions. After a photo-montage effect with still photographs of Costello, the video opens with him playing the opening guitar riff in close-up. The video then alternates between the band playing together and shots of Costello singing in an increasingly contorted pose.[3]

The video for "Pump It Up" was shot the same day in London, and all the musicians can be seen wearing the same clothes, although drummer Pete Thomas sports a distinctive Union Jack tracksuit top. Bassist Bruce Thomas had cut his right hand on a bottle a few weeks previously and had needed eight stitches. His bandage can be seen clearly in both of the videos.[4]


  1. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 122/3.
  2. Costello, Elvis (1989). Girls Girls Girls [CD booklet]. Brentford: Demon Records.
  3. "Elvis Costello - The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos (DVD)". Discogs.com. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  4. "The Greatest Movie Never Made". Brucethomas.co.uk. Retrieved 11 November 2014.

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