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Encyclopedia > Labour of Lust
Labour of Lust
Labour of Lust cover
Studio album by Nick Lowe
Released June 1979
Recorded 1979
Genre Rock
Length 32:40
Label Radar Records (UK)
Columbia Records (US)
Demon Records (UK reissue)
Producer Nick Lowe
Professional reviews
Nick Lowe chronology
Jesus of Cool
(1978)
Labour of Lust
(1979)
Nick the Knife
(1982)

Labour of Lust is an album by British singer-songwriter 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 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. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Radar Records was the label formed by Jake Rivera in 1978 after he had previously founded Stiff Records. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... After Jake Rivera previously started Stiff Records, Radar Records and F-Beat Records, he founded Demon Records with Andrew Lauder and Elvis Costello in 1980. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Robert Christgau (born April 18, 1942), is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics.[1] In print, his name is sometimes abbreviated as Xgau. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ... Jesus of Cool was the solo debut album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe after leaving Brinsley Schwarz in 1974. ... Nick the Knife is a 1982 studio album by Nick Lowe, his first following the break-up of Rockpile. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ... Radar Records was the label formed by Jake Rivera in 1978 after he had previously founded Stiff Records. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Dave Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) is a singer, guitarist and producer from Cardiff, Wales. ... Repeat When Necessary is an album by Welsh rock musician Dave Edmunds. ... Rockpile was a British rock group noted for strong rockabilly and power pop influences. ...


It was a critically popular album, and consistent in a way that Jesus of Cool was not. Clever lyrics, spare production (Lowe was known as "Basher" for his "Bash 'em out now and tart 'em up later" production philosophy.) and endless power pop hooks and muscular playing made it instantly listenable. Labour of Lust retains appeal because, despite its easily recognizable placement in time (1977–1980) and style, it is always an energizing listen.[citation needed] Jesus of Cool was the solo debut album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe after leaving Brinsley Schwarz in 1974. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ...


The American version of this record had a slightly different track listing, with "Endless Grey Ribbon" being deleted and replaced by the UK single A-side, "American Squirm." The latter song includes members of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, namely Elvis on backing vocals, Bruce Thomas on bass and Pete Thomas on drums. Credited to "Nick Lowe and His Sound," the b-side of this single was Elvis & The Attractions' version of the Lowe-penned "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?" Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... Bruce Thomas (born August 14, 1948 in Stockton-on-Tees, England) is best known as bassist for The Attractions; the band formed in 1977 to back Elvis Costello on stage and record. ... Pete Thomas (born August 9, 1954 in Hillsborough, Sheffield, England) is best known as the longtime drummer for Elvis Costello. ... (Whats So Funny Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding is a 1970s song written by English musician Nick Lowe and recorded in the most known version by Elvis Costello & The Attractions. ...


Released on CD by Demon/Fiend (EU) and Columbia (US and Canada) in 1990, it fell out of print quickly and is currently available only in (expensive) used CD stores and web sites.

Contents

Track listing

U.K. version

All songs by Nick Lowe, except where noted. Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ...

  1. "Cruel to be Kind" (Lowe, Ian Gomm) – 3:31
  2. "Cracking Up" – 2:59
  3. "Big Kick, Plain Scrap!" – 2:28
  4. "Born Fighter" – 3:09
  5. "You Make Me" – 1:53
  6. "Skin Deep" - 3:12
  7. "Switchboard Susan" (Mickey Jupp) – 3:50
  8. "Endless Grey Ribbon" – 3:17
  9. "Without Love" – 2:29
  10. "Dose of You" – 2:21
  11. "Love So Fine" (Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Billy Bremner, Terry Williams) – 3:52

Ian Gomm is a British singer/songwriter who scored a Top 40 hit in 1979 with the song Hold On. This song has been featured as bumper music on the Coast to Coast AM radio show. ... Mickey Jupp is a musician and songwriter, mainly associated with the Southend music scene. ... Dave Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) is a singer, guitarist and producer from Cardiff, Wales. ... Billy Bremner is best known for his work as guitar player of Rockpile which played on the bulk of Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds albums throughout the mid 70s. ... Terry Williams (born 1948) is a Welsh rock drummer, whose resume includes Paul McCartney, BB King, and Bob Dylan. ...

U.S. version

All songs by Nick Lowe, except where noted. Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ...

  1. "Cruel to be Kind" (Lowe, Ian Gomm) – 3:31
  2. "Cracking Up" – 2:59
  3. "Big Kick, Plain Scrap!" – 2:28
  4. "American Squirm" - 2:29
  5. "You Make Me" – 1:53
  6. "Skin Deep" - 3:12
  7. "Switchboard Susan" (Mickey Jupp) – 3:50
  8. "Dose of You" – 2:21
  9. "Without Love" – 2:29
  10. "Born Fighter" – 3:09
  11. "Love So Fine" (Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Billy Bremner, Terry Williams) – 3:52

Ian Gomm is a British singer/songwriter who scored a Top 40 hit in 1979 with the song Hold On. This song has been featured as bumper music on the Coast to Coast AM radio show. ... Mickey Jupp is a musician and songwriter, mainly associated with the Southend music scene. ... Dave Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) is a singer, guitarist and producer from Cardiff, Wales. ... Billy Bremner is best known for his work as guitar player of Rockpile which played on the bulk of Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds albums throughout the mid 70s. ... Terry Williams (born 1948) is a Welsh rock drummer, whose resume includes Paul McCartney, BB King, and Bob Dylan. ...

Personnel

Bowi EP sleeve (1977). ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Dave Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) is a singer, guitarist and producer from Cardiff, Wales. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A backup vocalist is a vocalist that sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, with other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... Billy Bremner is best known for his work as guitar player of Rockpile which played on the bulk of Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds albums throughout the mid 70s. ... Terry Williams (born 1948) is a Welsh rock drummer, whose resume includes Paul McCartney, BB King, and Bob Dylan. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

Additional personnel

Huey Lewis (born Hugh Anthony Cregg, III on July 5, 1950) is an American musician and occasional actor. ... A harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. ... Bob Derwood Andrews is an English guitarist and former member of punk rock band Generation X. Andrews and drummer Mark Laff left Generation X in 1980 to form the band Empire along with bassist Simon Bernal, releasing one commercically unsuccessful album. ... Oberheim Electronics is a company, founded in 1973 by Tom Oberheim (a former design engineer at Maestro), which manufactured audio synthesizers and a variety of other electronic musical instruments. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... A backup vocalist is a vocalist that sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, with other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... Bruce Thomas (born August 14, 1948 in Stockton-on-Tees, England) is best known as bassist for The Attractions; the band formed in 1977 to back Elvis Costello on stage and record. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Pete Thomas (born August 9, 1954 in Hillsborough, Sheffield, England) is best known as the longtime drummer for Elvis Costello. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1979 Pop Albums 31

Single

Year Song Chart Position
1979 "Cruel to be Kind" Pop Singles 12

 
 

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