Your perception of Nick Lowe depends, I think, on where you came in.
For many, he’s the man behind the hits from the 70s So It Goes, I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass, or Cruel to be Kind.
For others, he’s the songwriter behind Elvis Costello’s (What So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding, or Dave Edmunds’ I Knew The Bride (When She Used to Rock’n’Roll) or even Johnny Cash’s The Beast in Me.
This cropped up in The Chain many moons ago,but it’s worth revisiting. For this is Lowe in elder statesman territory, smashing a self-penned Country tune right out of the park:
The other day on BBC 6Music, Lauren Laverne interviewed the actor Samantha Morton.
As she wrapped up the chat, Laverne asked Morton if there was a record she could play for her.
Her selection is tonight’s record, which when Laverne said she would play it, was greeted with a cheer not just in Morton’s house, but in my flat and, I imagine, in countless other homes throughout the country.
Morton added a disclaimer, something along the lines of “I thought it might be a bit too unsettling to play.”
Which it isn’t, unless you look at the 12″ sleeve: