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Labour of Lust (Remastered)

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This classic 1979 album has been remastered and now includes the U.K. only track, “Endless Grey Ribbon” and the bonus B-side, “Basing Street” to make a perfect album even more perfect. With the backing of Rockpile, Nick Lowe thrashes through thirteen pieces of snarling pop genius. “Cruel to Be Kind” was the hit, but there are many other contenders here. “Cracking Up,” “American Squirm,” and “Switchboard Susan” are everything that was great about the new-wave explosion, as Lowe’s brand of pub-rock got an extra kick-up in production and commercial attention. The Bo Diddley thump of “Big Kick, Plain Scrap” sparks up a creepy, twisted tune. Dave Edmunds’ slashing guitar is all over the album. The harmonies are taut. The lead vocals are effective and true. “Born Fighter” is the best bar band in the world galloping to the finish. “You Make Me” is a heartbreaking ballad reminiscent of Elvis Presley. This album was inexplicably out of print and has now returned sounding every bit as alive as the day it was released.

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What a great ride back to '79

Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Rockpile. This is the soul of the new wave explosion. So great to hear these great tunes again. Go ahead, give it a spin.

One of the all time best

I never saw anything "new wave" about this album when it came out in '79, except for Nick Lowe's reputation for his inspired association with Elvis Costello. New Wave was just a label to place on a creative force that had no home in radio's mainstream categories. If you were looking for a bridge between the arena rock of the '70s & the pure roots rock that fueled bands like the Blasters, Los Lobos & similar talents, this album was it. Lowe's deft touch with lyrics & melodies belie a nervy urgency that runs throughout he album. Yet Lowe & band (Rockpile) deliver that sound in pure pop form. An amazing acheivement.


Born: March 25, 1949 in Woodchurch, Suffolk, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the leader of the seminal pub rockers Brinsley Schwarz, a producer, and a solo artist, Nick Lowe held considerable influence over the development of punk rock. With the Brinsleys, Lowe began a back-to-basics movement that flowered into punk rock in the late '70s. As the house producer for Stiff, he recorded many seminal records by the likes of the Damned, Elvis Costello, and the Pretenders. His rough, ragged production style earned him the nickname "Basher" and also established the amateurish,...
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