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Feb
08

Nick Lowe “Pure Pop for Now People”

I don’t think it was very cool to want to be a pop star in 1978, when this album came out, at least in the punk rock crowd who were reacting against that, so the title of this record is meant to be ironic (as well as the import title, “Jesus of Cool”). The thing is, he’s secretly sincere, and that’s when he’s at his best: “Tonight,” “Heart of the City,” “Little Hitler.” But he can’t help being cute, ironic, cynical, and forced weird much of the time. I’m being critical, but I have a great warm feeling about this record and still think of it as one of the great records of the time period.

One thing that is really interesting now– on the cover there are six photos of him dressed in extreme different pop styles (and on the back in a “Riddler” suit) and now, THIRTY YEARS LATER– every last one of these looks would look perfectly natural out at some club or music venue. Talk about not being dated! The music isn’t dated at all, either, particularly “No Reason” and “36 Inches High.”

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