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Anyone with at least a passing knowledge of rock history knows that Nick Lowe was a seminal figure in late 70s New Wave. As a producer, solo artist and band member (Rockpile), his contribution to that underappreciated genre (more tuneful than straight-on punk, truer to the spirit of rock 'n' roll than all that arena rock junk) cannot be emphasized enough. As good a songwriter and performer as Elvis Costello or Joe Jackson, he never got the recognition he deserved--at least on this side of the Big Pond.
"Cruel To Be Kind" was indeed pure pop for now (and "then") people, but the album itself was much rockier, and thematically edgier than the hit single might imply. "Born Fighter," "Switchboard Susan," and "Skin Deep" are bristling rockers. "Big Kick, Plain Scrap," a cooler, slower talk-song is a fairly frank, non-condemnatory drug song (not TOTALLY condemnatory anway) which probably didn't exactly enhance the likelihood of the album's getting more extensive airplay. Neither do the numerous not-so-ambiguous double-entendres in any number of songs on the record.
Nick Lowe seems to be enjoying a comeback of sorts as a dapper elder statesman of rock 'n' roll. I caught him at a festival last summer on his tour backing THE CONVINCER. The audience didn't need much convincing, however. As rockers go, Nick Lowe is the genuine article.Read more ›
I have never understood why Nick Lowe was never embraced as a PopGod kind of guy. Who else writes the best pure pop for now people?
I came to the conclusion that we (ok, society) simply cannot embrace perfection, even broken, while pure and alive.
As usual, the Grand Poets universally embraced all had to die first.
Well, consider your first pilgrimage to a future grave.
But have fun along the way and buy this album.
Even tonight, in a STORE, I heard "Cracking Up," but not from Nick.
It was simply grand.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The all time Lowe! I bought the LP in 1979 and picked up the remastered re-release in 2011. Thank you Yep Rock.
This album is like an old friend.
"Labour Of Lust" #31 (1979).
Nick Lowe's 2nd solo album "Labour Of Lust", was a fun little album in 1979. Played a lot during my freshman year in college. Read more
Thank you so much for such a pleasant transaction. It was a birthday gift and my friend was very surprised and has told me many times how much he enjoys listening to this CD.Published on October 11, 2011 by Wanda
While this release is under the auspices of Nick Lowe it is really the sound of a great rock/pop band (Rockpile) at the height of its powers. Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by Barron W. Chandler Jr.
Okay I'll admit it. Having heard so much about Nick Lowe over the years I avoided his music mainly out of self conscience about being trendy. At least it seemed that way. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
Long out of print on cd, Nick Lowe's 1979 masterpiece Labour Of Lust finally gets reissued by the great Yep Roc label. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by P Magnum
From the fine song writing of Nick Lowe, the perfect harmonies, and ya just gotta love the guitar licks of one of the truely most underrated guitar players on the planet. Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by Bill Caughlan