Nick Lowe (Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile)


The New York Times, in a rare display of accuracy, once noted that “his songs are better known than he is!”


Most revered as a composer and producer (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, The Damned, his ex-wife Carlene Carter, and Dave Edmunds, among many others) Nicholas Drain Lowe is also an extraordinary bassist as evidenced by his stellar work in the pub rock super-groups Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, and Little Village, and on his impressive canon of solo releases.


Akin to Sir Paul, Lowe’s bass artistry stems from the fact that every note he plays serves the song.


Nick’s 1978 debut masterpiece – which arrived under the title of Jesus of Cool in the U.K. and Pure Pop for Now People for us provincial god-fearing Yanks in the USA – is his most recognized work. The album’s undeniable centerpiece featuring one of the great pop rock bass grooves of all time “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass” – wherein Lowe afforded the bass duties to Andrew Bodnar! 


An all-time high for Lowe is his composition made famous by the former Declan McManus “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout” Peace, Love and Understanding” which Nick first waxed with Brinsley.


Among the most prolific cats of any era in popular music, the lowdown on Lowe is best found on his website:


Nick Lowe Sound & Vision…


“Music for Money”


Rockpile “Cracking Up”


“And So It Goes”


“Nutted By Reality”


“No Reason”


“They Call It Rock”


“Cruel to Be Kind”


Brinsley Schwarz:


“What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace Love & Understanding)”


“Surrender to the Ryhthm”