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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Alphabet Beats #077: L is for....Lowe as in Nick

L is for....

Live BBC4 Sessions 2007

Quiet Please...The New Best of Nick Lowe

I am certain that somewhere there is an unpublished list of Songwriters/Artists who are greatly under-appreciated just because they never had singles smashing the #1 spots (infact he only ever had four singles make the charts in the UK and only one got into the Top Ten!) and albums that moved by the truckload. I am sure that one of the names on that list is Nick Lowe!

He began his musical career in 1967, when he joined the band Kippington Lodge, along with his school friend Brinsley Schwarz. They released a few singles on the Parlophone record label as Kippington Lodge before they renamed the band Brinsley Schwarz in late 1969 and began performing country and blues-rock.

After leaving Brinsley Schwarz in 1975 Lowe began playing bass in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds.

A noted figure in UK pub rock, power pop, punk rock and new wave scenes, 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, The Damned, Dr Feelgood and others. Lowe also wrote "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", a hit for Costello.

The Albums (*incomplete)
    Jesus of Cool (1978, UK) (released in the US as Pure Pop for Now People)
    Labour of Lust (1979)
    Nick the Knife (1982)*
    The Abominable Showman (1983)*
    Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit (1984)*
    The Rose of England (1985)*
    Pinker and Prouder than Previous (1988)*
    Party of One (1990)*
    The Impossible Bird (1994)
    Dig My Mood (1998)
    The Convincer (2001)
    Untouched Takeaway (Live) (2004)
    At My Age (2007)*

Singles/EP's/Anything Else We Could Find that's Good!
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