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Saturday, January 26, 2008 |
( 1/26/2008 07:16:00 AM ) Bill S.
"THE BASS-PLAYER'S SELLING CLOTHES HE NEVER WOULDA WORE." Good news in the midst of what proved to be a fairly high-stress week at the ol' OakHaus: one of this blog's all-time favorite albums, Nick Lowe's Pure Pop for Now People, is getting a new CD reissue under its original English title, Jesus of Cool, courtesy of Lowe's current label, Yep Roc. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that Basher's magnum pop opus has been made available as a CD in America - and it's about damn time. A major figure in the late seventies D.I.Y. movement in Britain (in addition to his own music, he produced a ton of stuff for Stiff Records, including Elvis Costello's early releases), Lowe was unmatched as a creator of addictive and clever "pure pop." Jesus (retitled in the states by a skittish Columbia Records) shows him working at the peak of his pop-rockin' powers.