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Classic New Wave Single of The Day: Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World”

On This Date in 1977:  Stiff Records’ artist Wreckless Eric released his debut single, “Whole Wide World.” Ian Dury (RIP) played drums on the record and Nick Lowe played bass.

Thanks to The P5 Blogspot for the Tip!

Nick Lowe, Releases Jesus Of Cool

On This Date, February 25th, in 1978: Nick Lowe released his debut album, Jesus Of Cool (entitled Pure Pop for Now People in the states). It contained the singles “(I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass,” “Little Hitler” and “So It Goes,” and well as fan favorites like “Marie Provost” – with its uber-dark lyrical humor – and Lowe’s delirious ode to Bay City Rollers fanatics everywhere, “Rollers Show.”  Absolutely indispensable British Power Pop.

Gail and Jamie’s Rad Adventure at The Apollo!

Spectacle Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello Hosts Spectacle On The Sundance Channel

A few days ago – actually it was the night I returned home from my whirlwind trip to Reunionpalooza in California – I got an email from my friend Jamie inviting me to go see Elvis Costello with her at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. When I first read her email, because I was delirious and not really paying attention, I thought this would be a standard Elvis Costello concert performance. But it turned out that the show we went to last night was a taping for this program called Spectacle, which runs on the Sundance Channel. It’s a regular weekly TV series, hosted by Elvis Costello, where he interviews and performs with various iconic musicians and celebrities. Elton John is the show’s Executive Producer, which explains so much.

Apollo Marquee

Photo By Jamie Moroni

Last night was the “Build a Band” show, where an impressive selection of different musicians were introduced over the course of the two-hour taping (I believe the show runs for an hour), each one chatting with Elvis about his musical career and then performing one or more of his songs with Elvis and his longtime band, The Imposters. Elvis’s guests were singer Nick Lowe, who produced Costello’s first five albums, prolific songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson, legendary pianist and songwriter Allen Toussaint – who has evidently written every song known to man – and the fabulous Levon Helm, drummer for The Band. Songs that I actually knew the names of included “Blame It On Cain,” which Elvis performed with the Imposters as a warm up, Allen Toussaint’s “Fortune Teller” and  “Certain Girl” (popularized by the late Warren Zevon), Nick Lowe’s “The Beast In Me” (which he wrote for Johnny Cash) and what is inarguably The Bands’ best-known song, “The Wait” for which folk singer Ray LaMontagne joined the group on vocals. Eclectic!

Going to the Apollo Theater in Harlem to see Elvis Costello tape a TV show was really fun and a very different kind of thing to do on a weeknight. Plus, Elvis is so cool and rad (Favorite Elvis Costello Song: “New Amsterdam”). He really should record books on tape for kids, because his speaking voice is just hypnotic. The Apollo Theater is gorgeous and comfy, and even though neither Jamie nor I had ever been as far uptown as 125th street, we were joking that “Harlem is just like a normal place!” because that is what we do. The “A” train back downtown was also well-air conditioned, un-crowded and really fast. I was on 14th street in about 20 minutes, and home by 11:00 PM. Last but not least, Jamie is the most hilarious person, so we had fun hanging out and acting like idiots together. Good Times.

On This Day in 1979: Nick Lowe Marries Carlene Carter

Nick and Carlene
“Cruel To Be Kind Means That I Love You”

On this Date, August 18th, in 1979: British singer/songwriter Nick Lowe married Johnny Cash’s stepdaughter, country singer Carlene Carter. They divorced in the mid 1980s (and Carlene went on to date then-teenage guitar virtuoso Charlie Sexton) but still remain friends to this day. Film clips and candid out takes from Lowe and Carter’s wedding can be seen in the video footage for the song “Cruel To Be Kind.”

Song Lyrics Of The Day:” Nick Lowe, “30” High”

Green Army Men

“Once I was a soldier
I rode on a big white horse.
Silver pistols at my sides,
carrying the flags of war.
And I lost track of the men who fell
in the cannon’s roar.
I never got over
being a soldier.”

– Nick Lowe, “36” High”