Song Of The Day: Nick Lowe – “Cruel To Be Kind” (1979)

Let’s wish a heartfelt happy birthday to British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, who turns 69 today. Lowe got his start in the early Seventies playing in London’s pub Rock circuit, cutting his teeth on blues and country standards while at the same time honing his own idiosyncratic songwriting style for the influential underground Rockers named Brinsley Schwarz. He found himself at the forefront of London’s New Wave movement in the late Seventies, writing “(What’s so Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” for Elvis Costello and producing hit albums by Costello, the Pretenders, Dave Edmunds and others. Lowe’s own career as a performer evolved gracefully over the years, from hit new wave material like this song into the often brilliant roots-based music he has made in recent years, all adorned with his high-level songcraft and trademark wit.


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