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Hard to believe that the Basher doesn't have a thread of his own but totally classic for me. Brinsley Schwartz, Producer of many great cds, Rockpile and of course his solo stuff.

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Saturday, 13 March 2004 00:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was just listening to "Rollers Show" today.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Saturday, 13 March 2004 00:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Totally classic. Love his recent records, too, more or less funded by someone covering one of his songs on "The Bodyguard" soundtrack. He's the rare artist I like as much as a producer as I do as a musician/songwriter.

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Saturday, 13 March 2004 00:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like his recent ones too jazzbo. It will be interesting to see what direction he takes on his next one. Anyone know anything about some new stuff?

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Saturday, 13 March 2004 05:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

classic...just for writing "what's so funny about peace,love and understanding".

william (william), Saturday, 13 March 2004 06:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like the one abot that dead chick whos dog eats her face.

christhamrin (christhamrin), Saturday, 13 March 2004 06:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i always loved the fact he called an ep "bowi"

mullygrubber (gaz), Saturday, 13 March 2004 06:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, Imeanyougottaevenask? etc. etc.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Saturday, 13 March 2004 08:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"They cut another record, it never was a hit
'Cause someone in the newspaper said it was shit
The drummer is a bookie, the singer is a whore
The bass player's sellin' clothes he never would've wore"

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Saturday, 13 March 2004 08:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I only recently realised how much his track "Little Hitler" is a pastiche of Bill J Kramer's "Little Children". "Cruel to be Kind" has to be my favourite track....great key change before the instrumental chorus.

Jez (Jez), Saturday, 13 March 2004 11:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

also brinsley schwartz!

mullygrubber (gaz), Saturday, 13 March 2004 11:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

pure pop for now people (what we called jesus of cool) is one of the best 70s record and a perfect example of "truth in advertising."

the rest of mr. lowe's output, though, i could take or leave.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Saturday, 13 March 2004 14:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'Pure Pop For Now People' ('Jesus of Cool') & 'Labour of Lust' are among the best records of their era. Stone classics, upper echelon power pop. Everything he's done has been good.

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Saturday, 13 March 2004 22:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
Labour of Lust one of the best records of any era. Cur-lassic!

Ken L (Ken L), Friday, 7 January 2005 22:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Man, this thread was short. The Basher is obviously not an ILM artist.

Ken L (Ken L), Friday, 7 January 2005 22:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

too much of a McCartneyphile to really crossover

LSTD (answer) (sexyDancer), Friday, 7 January 2005 22:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is absurd.

Ken L (Ken L), Friday, 7 January 2005 22:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have one album by him - "Party of One" in which there is a song about the unidentified man who died in the King's Cross fire (who has since been identified) called, appropriately enough, "Who Was that Man?". It is one of those songs which I like but I feel kind of guilty for liking as I wonder whether such a serious subject should be given such an upbeat treatment.

"Cruel to be Kind" is his classic tho. The only time he was on TOTP, iirc. I'm also partial to "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass".

MarkH (MarkH), Saturday, 8 January 2005 12:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

If VH1 Classic plays "I Knew The Bride When She Used to Rock'n'Roll" again, I'm going to start killing hostages.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 8 January 2005 12:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

so you know what I'm talking about

LSTD (answer) (sexyDancer), Saturday, 8 January 2005 16:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You're saying that song is McCartneyesque? What about "I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass", is that McCartneyesque? I thought it was Bowiesque.

Ken L (Ken L), Saturday, 8 January 2005 16:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

shit, he's better than McCartney!

The "Bowi" EP is great, I believe that's the one where he covers the Sandy Posey song? Of course "Jesus of Cool"/"Pure Pop" and "Labour of Lust" are classics, total classics. His later stuff up until "Party of One" isn't as good but they're quite listenable.

I think it was Curtis Stigers? who covered "Peace, Love" on that ST; Lowe made a lotta money off of it. The Brinsley version of that actually is not as good as Costello's. Brinsley Schwartz was uneven--the only great one is "Nervous on the Road," an album I've always loved. "New Favourites" is weird, sort of like Pablo Cruise goes to New Orleans. The keyboard playing is what drags down those albums, actually. Would I be wrong to say that "Nervous" is the greatest pub-rock record (which, I admit, isn't really saying all that much...)?

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 8 January 2005 16:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Brinsley Schwartz collection that's packaged like a supermarket remainder item is pretty ace but yeah, their "PLU" can't match EC.

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Saturday, 8 January 2005 17:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
I like the one abot that dead chick whos dog eats her face.

"marie prevost"

what a weird song, it's actually quite punk in sentiment (too punk for me, i think)

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 06:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Brinsleys could be great or merely OK, but my LP of choice is "Silver Pistol."

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 07:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

He's always seemed very likeable - but his music has always sounded unremarkable of bland to me.

I've never been able to sit through his song on the video compilation of Tony Wilson's 'So It Goes' music programme.

Bob Six (bobbysix), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 10:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Nick the Knife is still my favorite (there's a thread 1/2 dedicated to it somewhere here...) and it can be yours for $40 on Amazon right now. A reissue would be nice...

dave's good arm (facsimile) (dave225.3), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 10:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Was a bit overrated at the start of his career, so by the time I got to his stuff I was expecting OH YUK YUK THIS IS HIGH-LARIOUS. Still, I love "And So It Goes," "Heart of the City," most of the Labour of Lust stuff, and "The Rose of England."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 11:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

So Classic. I'd like to put forth a strong recommendation for 2001's The Convincer, which is one of the best records in my collection for playing in the car with my parents. Does anyone have The Impossible Bird or Dig my Mood? I've heard those are similarly good.

gooblar (gooblar), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 12:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The latter is astonishingly dark and brilliant.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 12:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah? I should track it down. Is it country-ish?

gooblar (gooblar), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 12:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Country-noir, but not in a Johnny Cash/Rick Rubin sense; the missing link between Portishead and Richard Hawley.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 13:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The first two albums are classic. Rockpile is OK. His work from the 80s onwards is fairly dud.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 13:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The first 2 solo albums are meta-Classic. Then he's more hit or miss but still maintained a decent batting average. I'll take Jesus/Pure Pop any day over My Aim Is True. Labour Of Lust vs. This Year's Model is harder to call.

Carlos Keith (Buck_Wilde), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 19:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Convincer is mega-classic. Wounded playboy theme music. It's not so much country (tho there's enough, i guess) as it is TORCH SONGS. It's at once inexorably (i don't know what that word means) LIGHT (as in fragile, delicate, airy) and HEAVY (as in sombre, self-reflective, rich (in texture & tone). No larffs (though a few zings).

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 19:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Anyone heard his new one, "At My Age"?

Jazzbo, Friday, 29 June 2007 16:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

From the rolling county thread (though apparenly only three songs are actually covers on the new album, not all of them? Something like that):

n the first few tracks I tracked through on the new Nick Lowe apparently-all-covers-of-songs-I-never-heard-before album: How flat his voice has become over the years. Not sure why I expected otherwise; haven't paid close attention to the guy since 1979 (guess I've listened to a couple albums in the interim to write quickie reviews, but they're long gone from my memory banks), and my assumption has always been that he turned dullard years ago. Well, he still is one. Albeit a tasteful dullard, apparently. And one whose vocal chords have done what most vocal chords do in 28 years. For whatever it's worth, the song choice seems okay (and even his flatness seems passingly pleasant.)
-- xhuxk, Sunday, 22 April 2007 01:42 (2 months ago) Link

(Another possibilty: Yep Roc simply brings out the dullard in people. See: Ian Hunter above.)
-- xhuxk, Sunday, 22 April 2007 01:45 (2 months ago) Link

Haven't heard those particular albums, but might well be the hazards of being a pub rock label, in the sense that pub rock is basically a geezercore thing, though it involves youger art-rowdies too: I like Th' Legendary Shack Shakers and Chatham County Line on Yep Roc, and John Doe too, speaking of geezercore. Ian and Nick seem pretty insular, basically, so at this point the dullard might not need much bringing out.
-- dow, Sunday, 22 April 2007 03:32 (2 months ago) Link

I don't think Yep Roc is much involved in production.
-- dow, Sunday, 22 April 2007 03:41 (2 months ago) Link

Yeah, most likely not (though I wonder if the blandness is part of what attracts the label to these sorts of oldster projects in the first place?)
-- xhuxk, Sunday, 22 April 2007 12:37 (2 months ago) Link

dunno about Lowe's voice these days, or how Yep Roc can make anyone sound bland, can believe it's true from the evidence of a lot of their stuff.

-- whisperineddhurt, Sunday, 22 April 2007 14:21 (2 months ago) Link

xhuxk, Friday, 29 June 2007 18:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oops, that first post should have started something like "Biggest surprise in the first few tracks..."

Anyway, I'm still not sure what anybody sees in Nick's post-Labour of Lust music, but I guess it's nice he still has his supporters.

xhuxk, Friday, 29 June 2007 18:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

couplea good ones on Dig My Mood. there's one good CD's worth of material post-partum. Party of One is actually really good. but don't confuse him with Lloyd Cole.

whisperineddhurt, Friday, 29 June 2007 20:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Nick The Knife is his best album, but, yeah, I'll agree that you can take or leave the rest.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 29 June 2007 20:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Better than Pure Pop or Labour of Lust??? That's crazy talk, Alfred.

Little known fact I've never made public before: I actually reviewed Nick the Knife for my college paper at the time, along with Lindsey Buckingham's comparably overrated first solo album. Nick's wicked wit had pretty much been depleted by then, as near as I could tell, and the powerpop was losing its power and pop both. Not sure he ever gained any of it back, but periodic spotchecks since then suggested he didn't, much.

xhuxk, Friday, 29 June 2007 21:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well, if it's not his best, it's my favorite. There's a good balance of yuks and heart on Knife, something he couldn't achieve before and hasn't since ("Stick It Where The Sun Don't Shine," "Let Me Kiss Ya," "Too Many Tears")

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 29 June 2007 22:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I met him one time, backstage after a gig. One very nice bloke.

Mark G, Saturday, 30 June 2007 00:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The 4 CD box, -The Doings-, is terrific. The first two discs have almost every track you need from his best period, the third disc has the choice cuts from his lesser albums and the fourth disc has great live stuff.

Mr. Odd, Saturday, 30 June 2007 00:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

So Christgau gives both '70s albums A's, then EVERY '80s album a B+ (besides an '89 best-of that gets an A-), then there's an A- in 1990 and then an apparent dropoff. (So basically, Nick became just another sincere roots guy, more or less, right? But wasn't being insincere what made him great at first?)

xhuxk, Saturday, 30 June 2007 01:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

keep beating that drum

bobby bedelia, Saturday, 30 June 2007 02:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

He's never more sincere than when he's joking around. Dig My Mood was a real snooze.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 30 June 2007 02:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the Brinsley Schwarz stuff is better than his early solo records anyway

Johnny Hotcox, Saturday, 30 June 2007 16:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Classic for Kippington Lodge alone!! :-)

a quick cut&paste from Tapestry of Delights (for anyone wanting to know):

BARRY LANDERMAN keyb'ds, vcls A
NICK LOWE bs, vcls A B C
BOB ANDREWS keyb'ds, vcls A

1(-) KIPPINGTON LODGE '67-'69 (K 1P) 199?
NB: (1) is a bootleg containing all their 45 cuts plus BBC session versions of Younger Girl and Shy Boy.

1 Rumours/Lady On A Bicycle/And She Cried/Shy Boy (EMI NUT 2894) 1978

1 Shy Boy/Lady On A Bicycle (Parlophone R 5645) 1967
2 Rumours/And She Cried (Parlophone R 5677) 1968
3 Tell Me A Story/Understand A Woman (Parlophone R 5717) 1968
4 Tomorrow Today/Turn Out The Light (Parlophone R 5750) 1968
5 In My Life/I Can See Her Face (Parlophone R 5776) 1969

A late sixties pop group from Kent who evolved into Brinsley Schwarz in the early seventies. Schwarz and Lowe had earlier played together in school bands prior to forming this Tunbridge Wells - based venture in 1965. Their most successful 45 was Shy Boy, a Tomorrow song written by Keith West, but they never did get any hits. Their final 45, In My Life was a Beatles' track. Landerman departed to Vanity Fare and was replaced by Andrews but in October 1969 with a change of style came a change of name to Brinsley Schwarz. Whale dropped out of the music business at this stage but the other three stayed on in the new and much hyped band.

Musically they dished up pretty straightforward pop and two of their better efforts - Lady On A Bicycle and Rumours were both produced by Mark Wirtz.

Compilation appearances include: Turn Out The Light on Justafixation (CD); Rumours and Lady On A Bicycle on Not Just Beat Music 1965-70 (LP), British Psychedelic Trip, Vol. 2 (LP) and Great British Psychedelic Trip, Vol. 3 (CD); I Can See Her Face on Psychedelia, Vol. 3 (LP), We Can Fly (CD), Hen's Teeth, Vol. 3 (CD) and In The Beginning (LP); Shy Boy on A Teenage Opera - The Original Soundtrack Recording (CD).

Saxby D. Elder, Saturday, 30 June 2007 17:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I recently got Nervous On the Road/New Favourites. I was plesantly surprised, as I never really got into much pub rock before. He was a strong songwriter since the beginning.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 30 June 2007 23:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The Brinsleys were fairly hit or miss, but they got better as they got more concise and moved away from country rock. ALL of the Kippington Lodge 7" tracks are on the "Hens' Teeth" compilation credited to Brinsley Schwarz, along with several singles BS recorded under pseudonyms. Worth looking for . . .

deedeedeextrovert, Sunday, 1 July 2007 00:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yer all avoiding the main question: does the lex know who nick lowe is??

gershy, Sunday, 1 July 2007 05:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Extremely doubtful.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 July 2007 14:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

So the lex probably won't be pushing the Jim Ford reissue.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Sunday, 16 September 2007 05:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was pretty miserable that one day in high school when future record company executive Micha3l Krump3r told me that Rockpile had broken up.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Sunday, 16 September 2007 05:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was pretty confused that one day after college when I turned on MTV and saw Terry Williams playing a Terry Bozzio-sized drum kit for Dire Straits.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Sunday, 16 September 2007 05:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

These young upstarts that I have up until now avoided called The Click Five do an okay version of "So It Goes." I never realized before that it sounds like "The 59st Street Bridge Song" and then like "Georgy Girl."

James Redd and the Blecchs, Sunday, 16 September 2007 05:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I never really made the connection before but Nick was really channeling rockabilly and doo-wop on his first two records, which I suppose fits as aspect of the punk ethos of returning rock to it's primal period.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 27 January 2011 23:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

anyone buy the new comp?

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 27 January 2011 23:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

whoa just listening to him when I saw this. and again thinking that "I love the sound of breaking glass" sounds exactly like Phoenix, or at least the first couple of phoenix records

Dominique, Thursday, 27 January 2011 23:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

So you're saying I don't need Phoenix records when Nick's already done it so well? "Big Kick, Plain Scrap", goddamn the drums just rule...

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 28 January 2011 00:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

"...Breaking Glass" is one of the few in-jokes that works on its own terms. So silly!

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 January 2011 02:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

otm re sounding like template for phoenix there.

end aggro business now (Hunt3r), Friday, 28 January 2011 04:54 (seven years ago) Permalink


Funny, was just thinking last night about when I met him. We had a bit of a discussion about "Nutted by Reality", re the "Castrated Castro" bit.

Mark G, Friday, 28 January 2011 09:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

recent research reveals that i like brinsley schwarz better than solo nick - silver pistol LP is classic

communist kickball (m coleman), Friday, 28 January 2011 10:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Many of the songs on Pure Pop/Jesus of Cool are take away from other songs. "Music for Money" is a rip of 10cc's "Art For Art's Sake". "So it Goes" takes the verses from Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years". "Nutted by Reality" is very similar to "I Want You Back" (at least, the bass line is). There are a few more examples mentioned upthread. I think this was kind of the point of the album and I can't deny how great it turned out. His later releases are kind of naff. Nick the Knife is great. Abominable Showman has some good songs...all the other albums up to Party of One are baaaarf

frogbs, Friday, 28 January 2011 15:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

"No Reason" had bit(s) from "All along the watchtower"

Mark G, Friday, 28 January 2011 15:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Labour of Lust to be released in deluxe fashion by Yep Roc Records on March 15.

Jazzbo, Friday, 28 January 2011 15:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Nutted by Reality" is very similar to "I Want You Back" (at least, the bass line is).

Was disappointed to look at the credits of the Yep Roc deluxe reissue of Jesus Of Cool and see that my favorite Nick Lowe basslne was actually played by Norman Watt-Roy. And that my other favorite Nick Lowe bassline, on "I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass," was played by Andrew Bodnar.

Never Make Your Moog Too Soon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 28 January 2011 15:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

Damn stingy extras on the LoL reissue. Just the one b-side? Pfft!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 28 January 2011 18:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Endless Gray Ribbon"? "Basing Street"?

Never Make Your Moog Too Soon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 28 January 2011 19:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, and they've called it a "deluxe" edition!

Mark G, Saturday, 29 January 2011 00:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

How is the box set? Is there anything critical missing?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 6 December 2012 03:12 (five years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Going to see him again tonight. Anyone know who's been opening for him on this tour? Hope he plays this one — my fav.

Jazzbo, Saturday, 17 August 2013 14:00 (four years ago) Permalink

Never mind. Looks like it will be Kim Richey. Was hoping for Bill Kirchen like last time. He was awesome.

Jazzbo, Saturday, 17 August 2013 14:04 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

He did play "Half a Boy and Half a Man" last night and didn't even bother dedicating it to the POTUS.

I know he's past 70 but the tempos were a little slow for my taste, even w/ Los Straitjackets.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 6 August 2017 14:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I was hoping that he and/or the band would cut loose on "I Knew the Bride" but I didn't mind the stateliness overall.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 6 August 2017 17:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Love stately Nick Lowe. Perfect songs.

Eazy, Sunday, 6 August 2017 19:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

mea culpa, he aint 70 yet

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 August 2017 03:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, he's just been grey/white headed for 30+ years.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 August 2017 04:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Think the last time I saw him was a decade ago at The Supper Club

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 August 2017 04:30 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It was the tour with Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham opening, so make that two decades. Time wounds all heels.

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 August 2017 04:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink


Pub-rock cobblers.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 7 August 2017 06:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Weird comment.

Anyway, nice new interview here:

heaven parker (anagram), Monday, 7 August 2017 09:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I was hoping that he and/or the band would cut loose on "I Knew the Bride" but I didn't mind the stateliness overall.

― Elvis Telecom, Sunday, August 6, 2017

A friend who saw him a few years back grumbled that he didn't rock out at all. I guess he's moved on from that.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 15:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

He's been moved on from that for decades now.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 15:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Hasn't cut loose on "I Knew The Bride" since about 1978 sadly.

everything, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 18:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

At least he didn't go the route of making alt-country children's music, like some.

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 18:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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