Nick Lowe - Jesus Of Cool
Label: Yep Roc Records - YR2620 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: New Wave, Power Pop
Jesus of Cool is the solo debut album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. In the United States, the album was reconfigured by Columbia Records and retitled Pure Pop for Now Peoplea slogan that had appeared on the original UK album cover, with Columbia opting for a different track listing: "Shake and Pop" was replaced with "They Called It Rock," a slightly different version of the song by Lowe's sister band Rockpilewhich had been included as a single-sided bonus 45 in the original UK album; the live version of "Heart of the City" was replaced with a studio version that had been released as the b-side of Lowe's " So It Goes " single Just Because - The Last Poets - The Last Poets Stiff Records ; and "Rollers Show," a song originally released by Lowe in as a United Artists novelty single under the name Tartan Horde a follow-up to their single "Bay City Rollers We Love You" was Autumn Sun - Emiliana Torrini - Tookah. The songs are also in a different order than the UK version.
Jesus of Cool has been highly acclaimed by critics. Jesus of Cool has a number of tracks attacking the commercialism and greed of the record industry and the shallow Nick Lowe - Jesus Of Cool of pop music: "Music for Money," the fraternal twin songs "Shake and Pop" and "They Called It Rock," and "Rollers Show," the last being a parody of the teen audience of the Bay City Rollers.
Although musically sophisticated in conventional genres, the album shares the energy, cynicism and rebelliousness of the contemporary new wave movement. The original vinyl album cover features five pictures of Nick Lowe and one of his Rockpile bandmate Dave Edmunds, disguised to look like Lowe, with the UK and US versions featuring a slightly different selection of photos.
The UK version had a photo of three kitsch glass swan ornaments on the back sleeve. The US version replaced this with a picture of Lowe dressed up in a green Riddler suit made by Antoinette Laumer Sales, a shot deliberately posed to make him look like Dave Edmunds, since one of the shots of Lowe on the front cover is actually Edmunds. The design of the inner sleeve also differs between the UK and US versions.
The characters in Lowe's songs, he observed, "cut off their right arms, castrate Castrolove the sound of breaking glass, roam with alligators in the heart of the city, and go to see the Bay City Rollers. But because the hooks cascade so deftly from sources as diverse Nick Lowe - Jesus Of Cool the Beach Boys and the Boomtown RatsI care about every one of them. Sounds said at the time of Nick Lowe - Jesus Of Cool , "Despite the track to track differences in sound, they're all so very Lowe — sparse, carefully selected instrumentation, delicacy of touch and understated vocals.
But when he turns in masterpieces like "Marie Provost" — certainly the best, most fully formed lyrics he's ever written — you forget the partial failures. NME noted that fans of Lowe would be "more than a little pissed off" by the inclusion of five songs that had previously been released in different formats, but also said, "if you're not already familiar with these titles then you at least Contraktor - Last White Light From A Dying World (File, Album) nothing to complain about, seeing that they're almost uniformly superb.
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