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Out Of The Vault: Nick Lowe – March 23, 2013

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Nicholas Drain "Nick" Lowe (born 24 March 1949), is an English singer-songwriter, musician and producer.  A pivotal figure in UK pub rock, punk rock and new wave, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums. Along with vocals, Lowe plays guitar, bass guitar, piano and harmonica. He is best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" (a US Top 40 single), and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" (a top 10 UK hit), as well as his production work with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and others. Lowe also wrote "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", a hit for Costello. He currently lives in Brentford, London, England.

Nick Lowe – I KNEW THE BRIDE (WHEN SHE USED TO ROCK & ROLL) - "I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll)" is a song written by Nick Lowe and first popularized by Dave Edmunds. It was released on Edmunds's 1977 album Get It and a year later in a live version by Nick Lowe's Last Chicken in the Shop on Live Stiffs Live, a compilation released by Stiff Records.  Lowe performed the song during a Stiff Records European tour with Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, and Larry Wallis.  In 1985, Nick Lowe and his Cowboy Outfit recorded a studio version for the album The Rose of England. This version is quite atypical, in that it was produced by Huey Lewis (of "and the News"), who is featured on harmonica. Lewis was an old friend from Lowe’s Pub Rock days, when he fronted the band Clover that helped establish the Pub Rock circuit in London and vicinity.

Nick Lowe – RAGING EYES – Written by Nick Lowe.  Taken from his CD “The Abominable Showman”, Lowe’s 4th solo Album, 1983.

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Nick Lowe – HEART OF THE CITY – Written by Nick Lowe.  First released as Stiff Record single “Buy 1”, 1976.  Taken from “Basher – The best of Nick Lowe”, 1989.

Nick Lowe – I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS – Written by Lowe, Andrew Bodnar, Steve Goulding, (from Graham Parker and the Rumour).  From His “Jesus of Cool/Pure Pop For Now People” release, 1978.

Nick Lowe – CRUEL TO BE KIND – Written by Nick Lowe & Iam Gomm.  From his “Labour of Lust” album, 1979.  Labour of Lust is an album by Nick Lowe. Also produced by Lowe, it was released in 1979 by Radar Records in the UK and Columbia Records in the US. It was recorded and released at the same time as Dave Edmunds' Repeat When Necessary and features the same Rockpile personnel. It led off with the arch "Cruel to Be Kind," Lowe's only major US hit.

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Johnny Cash – THE BEAST IN ME - "The Beast in Me" is a song from Nick Lowe's 1994 album The Impossible Bird. The song was written by Lowe, and originally recorded by Lowe’s former father-in-law Johnny Cash (He was married to Carlene Carter 1979 – 1990) on his American Recordings album, also in 1994.

Tom Petty – CRACKING UP – Written by Lowe.  From his “Labour of Lust” album, 1979.  Taken from the Tom Petty Box Set “Playback”, 1995.

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – (WHAT’S SO FUNNY ‘BOUT) PEACE, LOVE, AND UNDERSTANDING – Lowe’s “Labor of Lust” album includes members of Elvis Costello & The Attractions.  This song, credited to "Nick Lowe and His Sound," when first released as the B-side of “Americn Squirm” was Elvis & The Attractions' version of the Lowe-penned "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?”  It later appeared on the Elvis Costello & the Attractions CD, “Armed Forces”, 1979.
 

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Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds – WHEN WILL I BE LOVED – "When Will I Be Loved" is a classic song, written by Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers and a #8 hit single for that duo in the summer of 1960.  From the Rockpile CD release “Seconds of Pleasure”, 1980.

Nick Lowe – POOR SIDE OF TOWN - "Poor Side of Town" is a song by Johnny Rivers that reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.  Nick Lowe recorded a cover on his album The Convincer in 2001.

Rockpile – YOU AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT FINE – Writtin by Rockin’ Sydney, (Sidney Simien) "You Ain't Nothing But Fine" brought him his first national attention as a songwriter.  After a long bout with throat cancer, Rockin' Sidney Simien succumbed to the disease in 1998.  From the Nick Lowe CD release “Seconds of Pleasure”, 1980.

Nick Lowe – SWITCHBOARD SUSAN – Written by Mickey Jupp.  Michael 'Mickey' Jupp (born 6 March 1944, in Worthing, Sussex) is an English musician and songwriter, mainly associated with the Southend music scene.  His first solo album, Juppanese, 1978, is an album in two different styles -- the first half was recorded with Rockpile and produced by Nick Lowe.  From Lowe’s “Labour of Lust” album, 1979.

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Elvis Costello & the Attractions with Nick Lowe – BABY IT’S YOU - "Baby It's You" is a song written by Burt Bacharach (music), and Luther Dixon (credited as Barney Williams) and Mack David (lyrics). It was recorded by the Shirelles and the Beatles, and became hits for both.  From Elvis' CD, the re-released version of “Goodbye Cruel World”, 1995.