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So here, then, is UK singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, who often wrote songs best known as performed by another artist: for instance, his band Brinsley Schwarz's song "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" was a bigger hit for Elvis Costello and has since been covered by everyone from Trip Shakespeare to the Flaming Lips to Lucinda Williams to Bill Murray in "Lost in Translation" to Natalie Merchant to Stephen Colbert with Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Feist, Joh ... n Legend, and Toby Keith. Among others. Phew. Turns out I prefer the original but Colbert & Co's version comes in a close second.

For himself, Lowe's biggest US hit was 1979's "Cruel to Be Kind" which remains a solid pop staple with a great hook and pop-dark lyrics. (And of course, there have been some excellent covers, most notably by Letters To Cleo.)

Then we have "I Knew The Bride (When She Used to Rock & Roll)", originally popularized by Dave Edmunds, Lowe's bandmate from Rockpile. Besides showing how much Lowe likes his parenthetical titles, the song is a take on Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell", painting an often-cynical picture of a youthful, exuberant wedding, riffing on Berry's melody for the first half of the verse. The version I'm posting here was recorded in 1985 by Lowe with Huey Lewis' band The News. Lewis also produced the song, which explains the familiar sound. (Lewis often performed this in concert, too, which is not surprising.) Lace Prom Dresses 2020

The YouTube comments for this video mention that this song is a staple of weddings in Newfoundland (the bride dances to this; the groom dances to ZZ Top's "Sharp-Dressed Man"). I am surprised, frankly, that any one of a number of New Country artists hasn't covered this and made it an US staple as well. Seriously. The second half of the verse is pure honky-tonk. It's crying out for a line dance, fertheluvva.

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