Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jesus of Cool

Jesus of Cool is the solo debut album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe after leaving Brinsley Schwarz in 1974. Produced by Lowe, it was released in March 1978 in the UK. On the cover of the album, Nick Lowe is pictured in six rock & roll get-ups, such as hippie, folkie, greasy rock & roller, new wave hipster. The cover gives one the not-so-subtle implication that this guy can do anything. Well he adequately proves that assumption correct on this album, a record so good it was named twice. Lowe's American record label got the jitters with the Jesus title and renamed it Pure Pop for Now People for release in the US, so as not to offend America's delicate sensibilities. The American version made a few track substitutions and changed the running order. The album is highly acclaimed by most critics and a number of tracks attack the commercialism and greed of the record industry and the shallow content 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. One of the best power pop albums of all time.

So It Goes
Shake and Pop
Buy It

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