Nick Lowe- The Abominable Showman

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  1. McGlamRock

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    I'd never heard any of Nick Lowe's music until recently. YouTube randomly played a couple of his songs, and "For Every Woman Who Made A Fool Of A Man..." turned me into an instant fan. I bought 'The Abominable Showman' over the weekend and listened to it a couple times in the car last night. What a great record! There were 5 or 6 songs on there that I really liked. I also especially liked "Time Wounds All Heels":



    I bought the "Rose Of England" album too, but probably won't give that a good listen until tomorrow (got a long road trip to Sacramento). I've only heard the title track and "I Knew The Bride...", but I really liked those songs.

    I'm really excited to be hearing all this new-to-me music (I was turned on to Big Star and Alex Chilton's music in the last year or so). It's very inspiring!
     
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    Nick’s the best!
    I’ve seen him 5 times!
     
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    Wow that's a lot of times to see one artist (I'm jealous!). Hopefully he'll announce some shows near my neck of the woods
     
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    Check him out in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds. Timely...So It Goes...(...where's it goin'...ain't no one knows.....)

     
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    Check out "I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll".
    Great song!
     
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    Nick is the best ...
     
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    Love that tune!

     
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    About half of my friends had it played at their weddings...good one to have in a band repertoire.
     
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    I’m picking up some pupusas for dinner and i still have The Abominable Showman in my car; “Wish You Were Hear” and “How Do You Talk To An Angel” two more Lowe tunes I really like. I really thought the latter must be an old standard, but nope it’s one of his.


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    Nick is great
    I caught him out with Los Straitjackets a few years ago
     
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    The Rose of England album is a treasure. Way back when, I started receiving a high-end stereo/audio magazine, just spontaneously. It had a monthly album review feature that reviewed ROE and called it "an album of simple charm." Quite apt, IME.

    Straighforward songs that contain only what they absoulutely need to work. That's genius, professional, and art. One of my favorite albums and an example of simple, perfect music that works and needs nothing else to work.
     
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    Now, that had to be a tremendous show!

    Nice!
     
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    Long, interesting career. Was married to Carlene Carter for a while. Great pop sensibilities, with a tad of rock mixed in. His sense of humor and ability to create hooks -- musical, conceptual -- make him both likable and sometimes superficial. I'm a fan, as I am for Brinsley Schwarz and, particularly, Graham Parker (esp. w/ the Rumour). Dave Edmunds is too poppy for me.
     
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    All of Nick's stuff is great, I couldn't count the number of times I've seen him. Solo, with Rockpile, with Little Village, saw him in London and Dublin in a duo setting with one Ry Cooder! And saw him in New York as the bass player in Paul Carrick's band at the time of his Suburban Voodoo album. Some may remember him from the Elvis Costello TV show Spectacle, when Elvis assembled his dream band. Nick on bass, Levon Helm on drums, Richard Thompson on lead guitar and finally Allen Toussaint's wonderful piano playing. And, Nick is a great guy, very very funny!!! My only regret is that I never saw him in the band Brinsley Schwarz, one of my most favorite bands ever!!


    RJ
     
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    We have been playing it for around ten years, most notably at my daughter's wedding a couple of years ago.

    I've also played "Cruel to be kind" both with my band and in pantomime where Cinderella sings it with the Ugly Sisters.

    Saw Nick several times in the late '70s, beginning with Dave Edmunds and Rockpile on the Bunch of Stiffs Tour. Have not managed to see him play since about 81. There is a nice Live From Daryl's House session to be found on YouTube.
     
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    Saw him (again) recently with Los Straitjackets. He's the one guy who just keeps getting better. I was a fan 40 years ago but have to say his more recent material is even better.
     
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    I prefer breaking glass

     
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    He’s a giant.
     
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    Amen. His songs of the 21st century are pretty, pretty good.
     
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