16 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About Rockpile

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. With their fierce live energy and unpretentious rock & roll, the band fit easily into the post-punk new wave at the end of the decade.

Although they only released one album as a group -- 1980's Seconds of Pleasure -- the band provided support for most of the albums Lowe and Edmunds recorded in the late '70s. After the rushed release of Seconds of Pleasure, the band toured one last time before splitting apart, largely due to mismanagement. All of the members continued to occasionally collaborate with each other throughout the '80s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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