Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#153 in the Series) is Nick Lowe, Labour of Lust.
When you’re in a crappy mood there is nothing better than popping on a good ol’ Nick Lowe disc!
We already did Rockpile about four months ago. Rockpile was, of course, the joint effort of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds. This was Nick on his own. Well supposedly it was. However, even though it’s a Nick Lowe album, the band lineup is the same as the Rockpile album. Nick on bass, Dave Edmunds on guitar, Billy Bremmer on guitar and Terry Williams on drums. Elvis Costello added harp to American Squirm.
There are 11 tracks totaling 33 minutes of music here. Or as one of my friends says, Get to the point, get it done and get onto the next song!’
The first song was probably the song that Nick Lowe was most identified by. Cruel to be Kind. A great ditty as we would say. It was written by Nick and here’s a name you might have forgotten, Ian Gomm!
You may have also heard such songs as Cracking Up, Big Kick, Plain Scrap, Born Fighter and of course, Switchboard Susan.
Labour of Lust was released in 1979 and produced by Nick Lowe.
The album did not chart in the USA even though Cruel to be Kind hit number 12 on the Billboard Singles Chart.
Here’s Cruel to be Kind from Live at Daryl’s Place. I followed it with the original promotional video. Look for ‘then wife’ the lovely Carlene Carter! I’ve never done two versions of a song before. I’ll make an exception for a pop masterpiece.
I told you I’d pull out some weird things on this blog. Well I bet this one really blows your mind!
Before I start, I want to express my sympathy to the family of Michael Been. Wednesday I featured Michael’s Band, The Call. The next day he passes away. Too weird.
Back to Ms. Moore. I bet your saying ‘What the ^%$( is he smoking!’ But take a look at this album. It’s an album full of cover tunes. (How many of those have we seen the past few years?) But what makes this one interesting is the song list that she chooses.
Her performance of these songs was quite good. Some not so much but others were pretty solid.
But let’s look at the songs. I was shocked when I saw this list. She really choose some of the best tunes of the 70s + 80s.
First up is XTC’s ‘Senses Working Overtime.’ Not a bad place to start. Good version too. Second song is The Waterboy’s ‘The Whole of the Moon. You got to be kidding me. What a choice!! I hope Mike Scott got to cash a check on that one.
Song Three, Todd Rundgren’s ‘Can We Still Be Friends.’ Four is Carole King’s ‘I Feel The Earth Move.’
Song Five is Elton’s ‘Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.’ Six, A great version of Joan Armatrading’s ‘Drop The Pilot.’
Song Seven. Cat Steven’s ‘Moonshadow’. The rest of the album includes things like Joe Jackson’s ‘Breaking Us In Two’ Joni Mitchell’s ‘Help Me’ and John Hiatt’s ‘Have a Little Faith in Me.’
I’m not expecting anyone to run out and but this. But I just felt that the I’d mention this album because the song list just shocked the hell out of me. I thought you might get a kick out of hearing about it. I think it’s pretty ‘Cool!’
Coverage was released in 2003 and hit #14 on the Billboard Hop 200 album charts.