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Encyclopedia > Nick Lowe
Bowi EP sleeve (1977).
Cover of The Convincer (2001).

Nick Lowe (born Nicholas Drain Lowe, March 24, 1949, Walton-on-Thames) is an English singer-songwriter, bass guitarist and producer who records and performs in a number of different musical styles. He currently lives in Brentford, London. Image File history File linksMetadata Nlowe_bowi. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Nlowe_bowi. ... Bowi was the first EP released on Stiff Records. ... This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... The Convincer is the latest studio album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walton-On-Thames is a town in the Elmbridge borough of Surrey in South East England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Fender Precision Bass Bass Guitar is a commonly spoken phrase used to refer to the electric bass and horizontal acoustic basses, a stringed instrument similar in design to the electric guitar, but larger in size, commonly fretted and sometimes fretless and with a lower range. ... 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. ... , Brentford is a suburb in the London Borough of Hounslow at the confluence of the River Thames and the River Brent in West London, situated approximately 8 miles (12. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

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Career

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 songs from the Brinsley Schwarz era are "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," which was a major hit for Elvis Costello in 1979, and "Cruel to Be Kind," a song the other band members rejected but was later a solo hit for Lowe. Brinsley Schwarz is a 1970s English pub rock band named for guitarist Brinsley Schwarz. ... Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company. ... Brinsley Schwarz is a 1970s English pub rock band named for guitarist Brinsley Schwarz. ... (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. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ...


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. His early 'rough & ready' production style earned him the nickname Basher (as in 'bashing them out'). Upon moving from Stiff to Jake Riviera's Radar and F-Beat labels, Lowe became extremely selective in his choice of production tasks. Rockpile was a British rock group noted for strong rockabilly and power pop influences. ... Dave Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) is a singer, guitarist and producer from Cardiff, Wales. ... Stiff Records is a record label created in London in 1976 by entrepreneurs Dave Robinson and Andrew Jakeman (aka Jake Riviera), and active until 1985. ... // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... Bowi was the first EP released on Stiff Records. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Low is a 1977 album by British musician David Bowie. ... This article is about the music group. ... Damned, Damned, Damned is the debut album by the punk rock band The Damned. ... My Aim Is True is the debut album by Elvis Costello. ... Alternate cover U.S. 1978 cover CD cover Later CD cover (Note including the E in Elvis) This Years Model (1978) was Elvis Costellos second album and his first with The Attractions. ... For the military meaning, see Armed force. ...


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—1980s Seconds of Pleasure, featuring the Lowe songs "When I Write The Book" and "Heart"—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 between Lowe's and Edmunds' respective managers, not Lowe and Edmunds themselves. Seconds of Pleasure was the first (and sole) album of the band that backed both Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe from 1976 to 1981. ...


Lowe's best-known song from this era is probably "I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll" (the verse structure and topic adapted from Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell" (a.k.a. "Teenage Wedding"), but adding a chorus section to Berry's verse-after-verse format). 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 (the song was produced by Huey Lewis, while his band The News played on the track). Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born 18 October 1926, St. ... A pickup group (also called a pickup band, pickup orchestra, or jobbing band) is a term used to describe a group of musicians that are hired to play for a limited time period—ranging from a single concert or recording to several weeks of shows—before disbanding. ... The Rose of England is Child ballad 166. ...


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.


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. 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. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ...


In 1979, Lowe married country singer Carlene Carter, daughter of country singers Carl Smith and June Carter Cash and step-daughter of Johnny Cash. He adopted her daughter, Tiffany Anastasia Lowe. The marriage ended in the mid-eighties, 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. 2005 saw the birth of Nick Lowe's first son, Roy Lowe. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Note: This article is about a musician. ... Valerie June Carter Cash (June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was a singer, songwriter, actress and comedian and was a member of the Carter Family, and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ...


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, Trevor Whittaker, and Jim Keltner. Paul Carrack, 2003 Paul Carrack (born April 22, 1951 in Sheffield, England) is a British keyboardist, singer and songwriter. ... Little Village was formed in 1992 by Ry Cooder (guitar), John Hiatt (guitar, piano, vocal), Nick Lowe (bass) and Jim Keltner (drums). ... John Hiatt (born August 20, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA) is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. ... Ryland Ry Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. ... Trevor Michael Whittaker (23 July 1942 – 13 January 2007) was a British rock musician. ... Jim Keltner (born April 27, 1942 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a distinguished session drummer who has contributed to the work of many well-known artists. ...


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. (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. ... American jazz singer/saxophonist/songwriter Recently participated in the BBC/Sport Relief programme Just the Two of Us, where he partnered newsreader/presenter Penny Smith. ... For other uses, see The Bodyguard (disambiguation). ...


A New York Daily News article[1] quoted Lowe as saying his greatest fear in recent years was "sticking with what you did when you were famous". "I didn't want to become one of those thinning-haired, jowly old geezers who still does the same shtick they did when they were young, slim and beautiful," he said. "That's revolting and rather tragic." Rock critic Jim Farber observed: "Lowe's recent albums, epitomized by the new At My Age, moved him out of the realms of ironic pop and animated rock and into the role of a worldly balladeer, specializing in grave vocals and graceful tunes. Lowe's four most recent solo albums mine the wealth of American roots music, drawing on vintage country, soul and R&B to create an elegant mix of his own." At My Age is an album by Nick Lowe released in June 2007 by Proper Music. ...


Discography

Singles

  • "So It Goes" / "Heart of the City" (1976)
  • "The Bowi EP" ("Born a Woman" / "Shake that Rat" / "Marie Provost" / "Endless Sleep") (1977)
  • "Halfway to Paradise" / "I Don't Want the Night to End" (1977)
  • "I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass" / "They Called It Rock" (1978) - UK #7
  • "Little Hitler" / "Cruel To Be Kind" (Brinsleys version) (1978)
  • "American Squirm" / "What's So Funny..." (Elvis Costello & Attractions version) (1978)
  • "Crackin' Up" / "Basing St" (1979) - UK #34
  • "Cruel To Be Kind" / "Endless Grey Ribbon" (1979) - UK #12
  • "Burning" / "Zulu Kiss" (1982)
  • "My Heart Hurts" / "Pet You + Hold You" / "Crackin' Up" / "What's So Funny" (live) (1982)
  • "Half A Boy, Half A Man" (1984) - UK #53
  • "Ragin' Eyes" / "Tanque-Rae" (1983)
  • "I Knew the Bride" / "Darlin' Angel Eyes" (1985)

Bowi was the first EP released on Stiff Records. ...

EPs

  • Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds Sing the Everly Brothers, 7" 33⅓ rpm (F-Beat/Columbia 1980)

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Albums

Jesus of Cool was the solo debut album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe after leaving Brinsley Schwarz in 1974. ... Jesus of Cool was the solo debut album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe after leaving Brinsley Schwarz in 1974. ... Labour of Lust is an album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. ... Nick the Knife is a 1982 studio album by Nick Lowe, his first following the break-up of Rockpile. ... Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit is an album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. ... Party of One cover Party of One is an album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. ... The Impossible Bird is an album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. ... Dig My Mood is an album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. ... The Convincer is the latest studio album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. ... Untouched Takeaway is the latest album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. ... At My Age is an album by Nick Lowe released in June 2007 by Proper Music. ...

Compilations

  • Stiffs Live (1978) (Nick Lowe's Last Chicken In The Shop got two tracks, "I Knew the Bride" and "Let's Eat", on this live compilation of the Stiff Records' Stiffs Live tour.

Stiff Records is a record label created in London in 1976 by entrepreneurs Dave Robinson and Andrew Jakeman (aka Jake Riviera), and active until 1985. ...

References

  1. ^ "Cruel to be kind of old" by Jim Farber, New York Daily News, June 17, 2007

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Audio samples

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Nick Lowe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (665 words)
Nick Lowe (born Nicholas Drain Lowe, on March 24, 1949) is a singer-songwriter and producer who records and performs a number of different musical styles.
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.
Lowe was also a member of the short-lived mainly studio project Little Village with John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, and Jim Keltner.
Nick Lowe (1404 words)
Lowe released his debut album, Jesus of Cool (retitled Pure Pop for Now People for its American release), in 1978, which featured his first British Top 10 hit, "(I Love the Sound Of) Breaking Glass." The single "American Squirm" was released in the fall of 1978 to little success.
Lowe and Edmunds toured with Rockpile to support their respective 1979 albums, and the pair were the subject of the BBC documentary "Born Fighters" later that year.
Lowe returned with Nick the Knife in February of 1982, supporting the album with a band featuring guitarist Martin Blemont and keyboaridst Paul Carrack; the group was first called The Chaps, but their name changed to Noise to Go during the American tour.
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