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Seconds of Pleasure


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Considered a cult record, Seconds of Pleasure is really just a great album with tasteful production that’s aged incredibly well. England’s Rockpile was a touring pub-rock supergroup fronted by Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds. Every song here is memorably catchy and good — the band shared a collective enthusiasm for traditional rock ‘n’ roll, but on the Lowe-fronted moments they played with an almost punkish recklessness, while Edmunds sang songs sounding like the clean, vacuum-tight power pop of the era. They open with Eddie Phillips and Kenny Picket of the Creation’s “Teacher Teacher” – it’s chiming classic guitar pop that’s nearly as perfect as a Kinks hit. And giving a Grease Band-influenced boogie to Chuck Berry’s lesser known “Oh What A Thrill” shows that Rockpile are musicians' musicians. Of course their own songs are just as impressive. Lowe imports Brinsley Schwarz’s “Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)” with more chemistry here, and the band’s “Fool Too Long” plays like a tougher Everly Brothers.

Customer Reviews


Should be in everybody's top 10 albums of all time.

The definition of a classic

I bought the vinyl album (1981) when the music store was playing a track (I don't remember which one). I had never done that before and have never regretted it. Now I have the CD and burned it to itunes. Everybody (literally, and all ages too) who ever hears this music wants to hear more. This is the kind of music that just makes you feel good.

A classic

One of the best albums of all time! You just gotta love Nick Lowe.


Formed: 1976

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

During the late '70s, Rockpile was the touring band for both Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. Like Edmunds, the band was passionate about traditional rock & roll. Like Lowe, the band played with a reckless, trashy abandon. Driven by the powerful rhythm section of drummer Terry Williams and Lowe's bass, guitarists Billy Bremner and Edmunds were free to spit out crushing rock, blues, rockabilly, and country licks....
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