Nick Lowe

40 years ago: Stiff Tour ‘Hits’ Manchester

October 1977 and my own group, the Kursaal Flyers, are midway through a UK tour with loveable punk rockers The Cortinas in support. It is a turbulent period – ‘Punk Rock’, as in ‘God Save The Queen’, has invaded the TV living room and is a top ticket on the gig circuit, but [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Nick Lowe, Popular Music, Uncategorised|0 Comments

‘I was born in Bethlehem’ claims Jesus of Cool

Once seen, particularly in America, as the feather-ruffling arch cove of New Wave; king of the uber clever song lyric; the fastest-livin’, hardest-drinkin’ gorblimey Limey who rocked with Rockpile - jolly-japing and pillaging from coast to coast, Nick Lowe is the last modern vocalist one would expect to deliver ‘a Christmas album’. Unless, [...]

By | December 21st, 2016|Nick Lowe|0 Comments

A farewell to Robert Trehern (Bobby Irwin) 1953-2015

As friends and associates will know, drummer and all-round good chap Bobby Irwin sadly died from cancer on 8 May. At Bobby’s funeral at St Stephen’s Church, Twickenham, on 19 May, Nick Lowe took the lectern to deliver a eulogy for his fallen drummer and veteran musical partner. A few minutes beforehand, Bobby's brother Chris [...]

By | May 22nd, 2015|Nick Lowe|0 Comments

40 years of Peace, Love, and Understanding

As this majestic song enters its fifth decade, some of us will recall those barroom comedians who couldn't resist uttering 'Yeah, peace and love, man', as one of our longer-haired brethren shuffled past. It was the predictable dig from hippie-bashers, post-Woodstock, as they taunted anyone in an ex-army greatcoat and loon pants - as later portrayed by Nigel [...]

By | May 30th, 2014|Nick Lowe|0 Comments