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Nick Lowe

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Walton-on-Thames, England (1966 – present)

Nick Lowe (born Nicholas Drain Lowe, 24 March 1949, Walton-on-Thames, England) is a well-respected British singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A pivotal figure in U.K. , , , and throughout the and later, Lowe was a key member of bands such as Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile (with Dave Edmunds). Perhaps best known for his songs “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding” and “Cruel to Be Kind”, he has also famously done production work for Elvis Costello. Along with vocals, Lowe plays guitar, bass guitar, piano, and harmonica. In addition to his band membership, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums.

Lowe began his recording career in 1966 as a member of group Kippington Lodge, founded with his friend Brinsley Schwarz. That band released a few singles on Parlophone. Three years later, Kippington Lodge had changed its name to Brinsley Schwarz and its musical focus to and .

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) .

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  • StinkySQL

    Don't care for the rename to "Jesus of Cool". The original "Pure pop for now people" was pretty tongue-in-cheek and appropriate.

    6 Aug 9:03pm Reply
  • amiantos

    Pretty sure Jesus of Cool is the best album to come out of the 1970's.

    16 Mar 1:54am Reply
  • stacyslowburn83

    Wahoo I'm a top listener! :)

    19 Feb 11:14am Reply
  • Daffybet

    Best thing Nick's done. Love it . Daffy.x

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • og_lala

    I Read A Lot would have made for a great Nat King Cole vehicle, I reckon.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    The deep, dark voice that is Tanita Tikaram reflects on her collaboration with the legendary Nick Lowe and reveals why her hit song, "Twist In My Sobriety," isn't really about drinking at all (despite what Liza Minnelli may tell you!): http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/tanita_tikaram/

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Kyousuke

    NICK LOWE in CAPS

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • gfdsagfdsagfdsa

    only 1,528,031 plays? wow

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ReptilianC0mplx

    Jesus of Cool is his best album hands down.

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ijkidd

    Can't wait to see him for the first time in February! (MK Stables)

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Anira_Sugar

    A love so fine!

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • D-A-N-

    I would just go in chronological order and start with Jesus of Cool.

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • pethedgehog

    I'm familiar with his work with Elvis Costello, but not as much with his own material... any suggestions as to what albums of his to check out first?

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • jo4nny

    Anyone new to Nick Lowe (seems to be a resurgence of interest since Wilco resurrected 'I love my label') should check out Lowe's previous bands; Rockpile, Brinsley Schwarz, and if you can find it, Kippington Lodge - KL was his first band and they played some awesome psychedelic stuff in the late 60s.

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • KosTeT72RUS

    уж очень скучно

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Anira_Sugar

    I love the sound of breaking glass

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • kugayama

    New album is nice, very old school. And i'm talking Buddy Holly Old School...

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • portseventeen

    Nutted by Reality (well... until 1:10).

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Teffasus

    and so it goes..

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ilyAK84

    She Don't Love Nobody ^^

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
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