NICK LOWE Pure Pop For Now People (1978), Jesus Of Cool (Bonus Track Version 2008) + More Lost 45s

Pure Pop For Now People (1978)
Jesus Of Cool (1978)
Nick Lowe’s Clarion Call

Those were the days, eh? When pop homages were still relatively novel, when albums were mangled for different markets instead of focus-grouped for global domination, when some great music was being made without the cynical expectation (though certainly the desire was there) to generate gobs of money. Nick Lowe rode that wave into a career that championed great pop music and a most welcomed musical irreverence that was far more sincere, and far less fashionable, than that of punk. Stephen Erlewine may have said it best, calling this stuff “self-referential pop that loves the past but doesn’t treat it as sacred.” Lowe’s vision may not have changed the world, but it helped a generation of post-teens, trapped in a world of prog and disco, realize they weren’t alone in their longing for a simple, savvy, well-written pop song. Jesus Of Cool came first, in the UK. Nervous puritanical Americans opted for the more descriptive title, Pure Pop For Now People (one of the few times the Yanks got something right), monkeying with the cover and running order to distinguish it from the growing popularity of import purchasing. Times have changed, of course. Pure Pop has been discontinued and Jesus has been reinforced with the American variations and bonus commandments, but the music is as ripe, cheeky and essential as the day it first got Nicked. Find Carlene Carter’s (Nick’s ex) Musical Shapes HERE, featuring Rockpile, in the archives. Find JesusAmazon.

So It Goes
(I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass
Marie Provost
Heart Of The City
Rollers Show
They Called It Rock
No Reason
Little Hitler
Nutted By Reality
36″ High
Music For Money

Music for Money
(I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass
Little Hitler
Shake And Pop
So It Goes
No Reason
36″ High
Marie Provost
Nutted By Reality
Heart Of The City (Live)
Shake That Rat – Bonus Track
I Love My Label – Bonus Track
They Called It Rock – Bonus Track
Born A Woman – Bonus Track
Endless Sleep – Bonus Track
Halfway To Paradise – Bonus Track
Rollers Show – Bonus Track
Cruel To Be Kind (Original Version) – Bonus Track
They Called It RockBonus Track
I Don’t Want The Night To End – Bonus Track

“Keep It Out Of Sight” b/w
“(I’ve Been Taking The) Truth Drug” (1976)
“Allorolla Part 1” (1977)
More Long Lost 45 Tracks

Big thanks to Biggray for offering up these missing 45 tracks that never made it to the Jesus Of Cool re-issue. 1976’s “Keep It Out Of Sight” (the Wilco Johnson tune, produced by Dave Edmunds) was backed with Nick’s lost classic, “(I’ve Been Taking The) Truth Drug.” “Allorolla Part 1” was the B-side to Nick’s (officially credited to The Tartan Horde) tongue-in-cheek tribute to The Bay City Rollers, “Rollers Show.”


  • Capt. Willard
    May 2, 2010 - 05:44 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Art Ducko
    May 3, 2010 - 06:13 | Permalink

    Thank you, Cap, you nailed it right for us Yanks with the "Pure Pop For Now People" running order. "So It Goes" is the perfect starting point for those unfamiliar with Nick the Knife's wondrous output. While I've loved both the U.S. & U.K. versions, 'Music For Money" is also the proper send off to an amazing album. Perhaps a mashup is in order? Now what's needed is a groovalicious collection of Nick's Stiff singles output. And yes, I've been nutted by reality…

  • John Medd
    May 3, 2010 - 07:44 | Permalink

    He also kick-started the UK indie label scene: the world would have been much the poorer without Stiff and its fine stable. It was there he acquired his moniker Basher: 'we'll bash it out now and tart it up later.'

  • Mona
    May 3, 2010 - 11:10 | Permalink

    The Capn. nailed it!
    PS: Wish I still had my cardboard life size promo cut out of 'Basher' with a battery operated hand that played guitar…

  • Bile
    May 3, 2010 - 18:12 | Permalink

    Now all we need is some Rockpile!

    I have both of these albums on vinyl and I still listen to them often (I try to alternate between the 2 versions, just to keep it as fresh as possible).

    Great stuff! If anyone is on the fence as to whether or not to grab this music, waste no more time and grab 'em!

  • Bile
    May 3, 2010 - 18:28 | Permalink

    "She was a winner,
    Who became her doggy's dinner"

    Poor Marie…

  • Anonymous
    May 4, 2010 - 00:05 | Permalink

    And the cover of the "Bowi" EP in 1977 also says "Pure Pop For Now People" on it.

  • Uncle E
    May 4, 2010 - 15:13 | Permalink

    Those interested should check out the Brinsley Schwarz back catalogue…if you can find it.

  • Anonymous
    May 4, 2010 - 17:39 | Permalink

    Delighted to re-examine these jewels, thanks to the Captain, and, just for scrutiny's sake, who in the American canon could possibly compare to the skills and sensibilities of Mr Lowe?

  • Sam
    May 4, 2010 - 21:28 | Permalink

    So i downloaded Jesus Of Cool, and i have to say i agree with the title. Cheers for all the music, Willard.

  • Anonymous
    May 5, 2010 - 13:07 | Permalink

    The more you hear Mr Lowe the better he gets and along with Mr Edmunds you can't really go wrong…bring on some Brinsleys….6pt

  • Anonymous
    May 10, 2010 - 00:19 | Permalink

    god damn..i just had a hankerin' (whatever that is) for these releases and you put 'em up a couple days ago..actually bb chronicles got me in the mood w/ a new/old rockpile post..thanks..i liked jesus of cool as a better title..especially back then, but pure pop ain't a bad title either

  • Anonymous
    November 25, 2010 - 07:11 | Permalink

    Note to ART DUCKO: The rerelease of Jesus of Cool contains all the Stiff singles I own as well as all the tracks on these two LP's. Great stuff! JohnnyKinkdom

  • Biggray
    September 27, 2012 - 17:40 | Permalink

    I recently (well in the last couple of years, anyway) bought the Proper reissues of Nick Lowe’s Jesus Of Cool and Labour Of Lust. I had ripped my vinyl of the early singles about six or seven years ago. The Stiff & Radar singles were on Jesus Of Cool CD as bonus tracks, but three songs I have were missing, the Dynamite single Keep It Out Of Sight (yes, the Dr Feelgood song) b/w Truth Drug and the b-side of Rollers Show (on UA Japan), Allorolla Part 1 – a Gary Glitterish rip off of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

  • Willard
    September 27, 2012 - 17:52 | Permalink

    Thanks Biggray… I’ll add them to the post.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    September 28, 2012 - 10:12 | Permalink

    “Endless Sleep”, which which I know from “Bowi”, is one of my favorite Nick Lowe songs. Thanks. My copy is really scratched.

  • September 28, 2012 - 11:11 | Permalink

    Even with all the NL singles & EPs I had accumulated at one point, there’s still songs here I don’t think I’ve heard! I notice that there’s no representation of the “Stiffs Live” LP included, though — I remember when I presented that ‘un to Lowe for an autygraph he stared at it as though he’d never seen a copy before! (I love doing that, BTW — bringing things to sign that I know will particularly amuse or bemuse the person doing the signing!)

    — mnw

    PS: You all DO know the obnoxious story behind the title of the “BOWI” EP, right?

    • Willard
      September 28, 2012 - 11:22 | Permalink

      Funny. Lennon famously responded the same way when he saw American Beatles records. The idea here wasn’t to be complete with all of Nick’s stuff, just to dredge up some of the extras that never made it to CD, like the Stiffs Live stuff did. You mean Bowie’s Low and Lowe’s Bowi? Or is there more to the story?

  • Johnny Kinkdom
    September 28, 2012 - 14:07 | Permalink

    Thanks for the 3 tracks rarities of Lowe. As an obsessive Stiff collector back in the 70’s, I enjoy mnw’s story. Gotta try that with a few singles on Monday night in PHX. Basher is doing a show I’m attending at the Musical Instrument Museum. maybe I’ll get lucky! PS: I often wear my Stiff “Money Talks, People Mumble” button when I’m about town. Almost NOBODY recognizes the label anymore.

    • Willard
      September 28, 2012 - 14:52 | Permalink

      We’re officially old.

  • wkc
    September 28, 2012 - 18:49 | Permalink

    really appreciate the rare tracks you shared. Big Lowe Fan so I was excited to find them. Thanks

  • Leon
    September 28, 2012 - 19:58 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard! I have this on vinyl but ’tis sweet to get it in iPod ready format….

  • Duncan Walls
    September 28, 2012 - 20:27 | Permalink

    The B-side I crave and always seems to hide is ‘Endless Grey Ribbon’ which was a US B-side (I forget the A-Side) classic Americana strained through Brit sensibilities. I was also lucky enough to see Carlene with most of Brinsley Schwartz backing her on tour and spend some time privately with that ( at the time) crazy woman. No tales I’ll tell. She was in a wild mode back then and I was ducktailed to the max at the time.

  • Eremenko
    September 29, 2012 - 09:12 | Permalink

    Once again Thanks.

  • September 30, 2012 - 08:31 | Permalink

    There’s a great collection of Nick’s singles, B-sides, and outtakes on Demon called “The Wilderness Years”. It’s worth having for Nick’s brief descriptions of each song. Truth Drug: “Piece of daft old tosh heretofore released only in Holland. Quite right too.”

    I wish I had gotten my “If It Ain’t Stiff, It Ain’t Worth A Fuck” t-shirt in XL, I could still wear it today. I haven’t been M for a while.

  • Russell
    July 3, 2013 - 22:43 | Permalink

    very nice chunk of Nick. thanks!!!!

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