parlando playlist #80: nick lowe - cracking up [1979]

Posted on December 29th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Nick Lowe is quasi-famous in rock and pop. You probably know at least "Cruel to Be Kind" and maybe "So It Goes", and maybe you know his debut album, Jesus of Cool (or as it used to be in the U.S., Pure Pop for Now People). And maybe you know "Cracking Up", from his second album Labour of Lust. That's fine. It's one of my favorite fifty songs ever, and I'm determined that everybody eventually should hear it. (Well, in the right mood. Not grumbly.)

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Randy Byers

Comment on December 30th, 2013.

It's a great song. When I was living in Portland at the time the album came out, I called up a local AM station and requested "American Squirm". The DJ said, "Come on, man!" He agreed to play "Switchboard Susan" instead. Pffff!


Comment on December 30th, 2013.

I cordially dislike "Switchboard Susan" and its string of penis jokes, but I guess I understand his reluctance to play "American Squirm".


Comment on December 31st, 2013.

I love this!


Comment on December 31st, 2013.



Comment on January 12th, 2014.

I discovered this through a cassette tape of Basher circa 1988--I have no idea how said tape came into my life, but it was a major revelation. Not my favorite Lowe composition, and maybe not even in my top five, but a great song.

Fun fact: Nick Lowe achieved financial security via Whitney Houston (i.e., the inclusion of a cover of "Peace/Love/Understanding" on The Bodyguard soundtrack).

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