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Old Music Tuesdays: Nick Lowe

I was going through my 45s the other day and dusted off this Nick Lowe tune for consideration. That day, by coincidence, I received an email that Jesus of Cool, the LP this very song, "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" came from, was being reissued for a 30th anniversary edition.

A few fun things to listen for: This came out in 1977, the same year David Bowie put out an album called Low. Nick Lowe counters with an EP called Bowi.

This song, "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" was an obvious response to Bowie's "Sound and Vision."

Jesus of Cool, Nick Lowe's first solo album, was never released in the U.S. though the LP Pure ,Pop for Now People, released in the U.S. in 1978 was, and contained a lot of the same songs as Jesus of Cool. Was the industry afraid to use "Jesus" for an LP title? My guess is yes.

Nick Lowe is still a vibrant and charismatic teller of tales. You can hear a wonderfully engaging concert by Nick Lowe from 2007 and an interview by going to our concert series.