What's So Funny 'Bout Nick Lowe? Nick Lowe is a musical veteran of 40 years as a songwriter and producer, but he's still best known for a song he wrote in 1974: "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding." Now comes a new CD.

What's So Funny 'Bout Nick Lowe?

What's So Funny 'Bout Nick Lowe?

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Nick Lowe is a musical veteran of 40 years. He led the pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz, produced records for seminal punk artists such as The Damned and Elvis Costello, and has carved out a respectable solo career.

He may never be truly famous. But he is wealthy, thanks to the success of his 1974 song "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," sung by Costello in 1979 on Armed Forces (which Lowe produced). The song — covered this time by Curtis Stigers — made the soundtrack of the 1992 movie The Bodyguard.

"I am very aware that there is a sort of handmade quality about my records that will ensure that I will never be a household name," Lowe says. "But also it's because I really make my living with other people doing my songs. And there's nothing that an artist or an producer likes better than hearing an underdone song."

Six years since his last album, The Convincer, Lowe returns with At My Age — songs exquisite in their own right, yet ripe for picking.

Nick Lowe: Rogue, Misanthrope, Elder Statesman

Nick Lowe in Studio on World Cafe - 06/19/2007

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Set List

  • "I Trained Her to Love Me"
  • "You Make Me Want to Be a Better Man"
  • "People Change"
  • "The Beast in Me"

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In a music career spanning more than 40 years, Nick Lowe has profoundly affected the music industry as a singer, songwriter and producer. He began recording in 1966 as a member of the rock band Kippington Lodge, which was later renamed Brinsley Schwarz, notable for its influence on '70s punk. When the group split in 1975, Lowe turned his attention to production for artists such as Elvis Costello, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and John Hiatt. His song "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" became a major hit for Costello, but he's also recorded steadily as a solo artist since the late '70s.

Lowe's 1994 album The Impossible Bird helped launch a comeback of sorts, finding sleeper success and re-establishing him as a lovably misanthropic pop elder statesman. It also laid the groundwork for the cult-hit follow-ups Dig My Mood (1998) and The Convincer (2001). Another, titled At My Age, arrives next week.

This segment originally aired on June 19, 2007.

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