1989's Spike was Elvis Costello's first release for Warner Brothers and on it he collaborated with another famous English songwriter, Paul McCartney. It is an interesting team because it reminds one of the Lennon-McCartney team with Mr. Costello playing the cynical, vicious side to Mr. McCartney's optimistic, upbeat side. The first song they team up on is "Veronica" which became Mr. Costello's biggest hit in the U.S. The song is a look at Alzheimer's Disease but it's dark subject matter is masked by a bright and catchy melody (obviously Mr. McCartney's influence). Their second song is a bit of a throwaway, "Pads, Paws & Claws". Mr. McCartney also shows up on the album's opener, "...This Town", playing some great bass. The two continued the partnership on Mr. McCartney's Flowers In The Dirt album. The rest of Spike is a fine release including the acidic "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror", "God's Comic", "Tramp The Dirt Down" and "Any King's Shilling".