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Posted by jb welda 
jb welda
and now for something completely different
February 24, 2006 07:30PM
Nick Lowe
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Nick Lowe (born Nicholas Drain Lowe, on March 24, 1949) is a rock and roll singer-songwriter and producer. Born in Walton-on-Thames, England, he began his recording career in 1966 as a member of Kippington Lodge, founded with his friend Brinsley Schwarz, which released a few singles on Parlophone. Three years later Kippington Lodge had changed its name to Brinsley Schwarz and its musical focus to country- and blues-rock. Lowe's best-known song from the Brinsley Schwarz era is probably "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," which was a major hit for Elvis Costello in 1979.

After leaving Brinsley Schwarz in the mid-1970s, Lowe began playing in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds. In August 1976, Lowe released "So It Goes" b/w "Heart of the City", the first single on the Stiff Records label where he was in-house producer (the label's first EP was Lowe's 1977 four-track release Bowi, apparently named in response to David Bowie's contemporary LP Low!) . On this and other labels, Lowe would go on to produce The Damned's Damned Damned Damned and many albums by Elvis Costello, including My Aim Is True, This Year's Model, and Armed Forces. Upon moving from Stiff to Jake Riviera's Radar and F-Beat labels, Lowe became extremely selective in his choice of production tasks.

Because the two main writers in Rockpile had contracts with different record labels and managers, albums were always credited to either Lowe or Edmunds, so there is only one official Rockpile album, from the very end of the collaboration--1980's Seconds of Pleasure, featuring the Lowe songs "When I Write The Book" and "Teacher Teacher" - but all of Lowe's and Edmunds' solo albums from the period were effectively Rockpile albums. Rockpile's demise was hastened by a number of conflicts, not between the group, but their management.

Lowe's best-known song from this era is probably "I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll" (a reworking of Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell," a.k.a. "Teenage Wedding"winking smiley. On the 1977 Live Stiffs compilation with a pickup band called Last Chicken in the Shop, he virtually sneers out his contempt for all concerned; in 1985, fronting Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit on the album The Rose of England, he hasn't changed the words, but the tone is entirely different, even affectionate.

Lowe was quoted as saying that he had "escaped from the tyranny of the snare drum", when explaining his move away from regular pop music that would get played on mainstream radio. A reaction, no doubt, to the simple but effective driving Rockpile sound.

Other well-known Lowe songs include "I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass," "All Men Are Liars," and "Cruel to Be Kind,", co-written with Ian Gomm and originally recorded with Brinsley Schwarz, a re-recording of which was his only US Top 40 hit, reaching#12 on the Billboard charts in 1979.

In 1979, Lowe married country singer Carlene Carter, daughter of country singers Carl Smith and June Carter Cash and step-daughter of Johnny Cash. The marriage with Lowe lasted until the mid 80's, but they remained friends, and Lowe remained close to the Carter/Cash family; he and Johnny Cash played and recorded together, and Cash recorded several of his songs.

After the demise of Rockpile Lowe toured for a period with his band Noise To Go and later with The Cowboy Outfit, which also included the noted keyboard player Paul Carrack. Lowe was also a member of the short-lived mainly studio project Little Village with John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, and Jim Keltner.

In 1992, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" was covered by Curtis Stigers on the soundtrack album to The Bodyguard, an album that sold over 15 million copies. Because Lowe received royalties from these sales, he suddenly found himself a millionaire. Freed from commercial constraints, Lowe has recorded more solo albums in his own very individual style to critical acclaim.

Jesus of Cool (1978) (released in the U.S. as Pure Pop for Now People)
Labour of Lust (1979)
Nick the Knife (1982)
The Abominable Showman (1983)
Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit (1984)
16 All Time Lowes (compilation) (1984)
The Rose of England (1985)
Nick's Knack (compilation) (1986)
Pinker and Prouder than Previous (1988)
Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe (compilation) (1989)
Party of One (1990)
The Wilderness Years (compilation) (1991)
The Impossible Bird (1994)
Dig My Mood (1998)
The Doings (box set) (1999)
The Convincer (2001)
Untouched Takeaway (live) (2004)

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jah bill
Re: and now for something completely different
February 24, 2006 09:05PM
and "pure pop for now people" is in my top ten.
jb welda
Re: and now for something completely different
February 24, 2006 10:30PM
i liked the title "jesus of cool" much more, dw.

whats so funny bout peace love and understanding?

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jah bill
Re: and now for something completely different
February 24, 2006 11:56PM
yeah better title but i have the american issue record
Re: and now for something completely different
February 25, 2006 11:32PM
Saw Rockpile open for Blondie in the late 70's. No contest. They blew Blondie away. Nick's legs ain't as good as Debbie's however.

Nick and Dave are good blokes. Stumbled upon them in the dressing room tuning up and had a right nice time with the boys. No pretensions, funny as hell too.

Always thought Cruel to be Kind was a killer. Nick also made alotta cash when some country gal redid I Knew the Bride.
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