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Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe


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Editorial Reviews

Having apprenticed with '60s band Kippington Lodge and '70s pub-rock pioneers Brinsley Schwarz, Nick Lowe became a shining beacon of traditional pop values--wit, concision, unbanishable tunes--amidst the punk furor of the late '70s. This collection is a generous 25-song single-CD selection from eight albums and a few stray singles spanning almost a decade. It may be too generous--the inclusion of a number of so-so songs and failed experiments hampers its playability. But there are still well over a dozen gems here, including his sole hit, the sparkling, textbook classic-pop masochist's anthem "Cruel to Be Kind;" the ominous voodoo breakdown "Cracking Up;" and the delightfully perverse "Marie Provost," a sumptuous power-pop tune affixed to the horrific tale of a silent-film actress who dies alone and is eaten by her starving dog. There are also at least two songs exploring Lowe's strange obsession with backstage guest lists (first single "So It Goes" and the stately "Little Hitler"), the best version of the pub-rock classic "Switchboard Susan" (containing every conceivable phone/sex double entendre), and a number of crisp rockers abetted by Rockpile, the brilliant band that, credited or not, played on much of members Lowe and Dave Edmunds's best work. --Ken Barnes

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. So It Goes
  2. Heart Of The City
  3. (I Love the Sound Of) Breaking Glass
  4. Little Hitler
  5. No Reason
  6. 36 Inches High
  7. Marie Provost
  8. American Squirm
  9. Cracking Up
  10. Big Kick, Plain Scrap
  11. Born Fighter
  12. Switch Board Susan
  13. Without Love
  14. Cruel To Be Kind
  15. When I Write The Book
  16. Heart
  17. Raging Eyes
  18. Time Wounds All Heels
  19. Maureen
  20. Half a Boy and Half a Man
  21. 7 Nights To Rock
  22. She Don't Love Nobody
  23. The Rose Of England
  24. I Knew The Bride (When She Use To Rock And Roll)
  25. Lovers Jamboree

Product details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: November 23, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000026V1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,481 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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