If you've never heard of Nick Lowe, it's time to learn how to walk on your hands - this guy won't just knock your socks off, he will blow up your feet, leaving you with bloody stumps and a giddy smile. This is some serious sonic happiness people. The first time my dad played this for me in 2008 (thirty years after its release) it was the best record I had heard all year. Is your hyperbole meter spiking yet? Well then, non-believer, listen to the first track:
Not bad, huh? Well, if you think that's good, wait 'till you hear the second track:

[ mp3 ]: Nick Lowe -  (I Love the Sound Of) Breaking Glass:

Right? Yeah, I know.

You may have noticed that this record has two names - Jesus of Cool and Pure Pop For Now People. I'll let you guess which one WASN'T allowed by Lowe's American record company. Yup. They got nervous about the whole Jesus thing, shuffled the track listing around a little bit, and that was that. Honestly, both titles work. This record could have just been named, Good Songs: An Album.

The first two tracks simply blew me away, and this record gets even more fun on side two. Rockpile partner Dave Edmunds helped pen Little Hitler (It's appearance proves that America in the seventies had weird sensitivities - can't mention Jesus, but Hitler? Play ball).  Nutted By Reality is my new favorite phrase. I'm not sure of the most appropriate time to use it, but I feel like there are lots of situations in which I can declare, "Boy, I'm really getting nutted by reality here." I think the last time I said it was game six of the World Series.

Anyway, there's a ton to like here. Give it a listen. What do you think?

12/17/2009 11:01:23 pm

I came to this album around the same time. Weirdly, I'd heard Lowe's newer stuff -- The Impossible Bird is an all-time amazing album with a version of Lowe's "The Beast in Me" that I think is better than Johnny Cash's famous cover. I got halfway through Jesus of Cool and realized a weirdo friend had put some of these songs on a mixtape for me back in 1989. I guess I wasn't ready for it yet.

P.S. The opening riff in "No Reason" should be required soundtrack music for ALL British gangster movies. I can't believe no one's used it yet. Wake up, Guy Ritchie!


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