Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Song of the Day No.51

I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass

by Nick Lowe (Jesus of Cool, 1978)

Stiff Records, home to The Feelies, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Madness and more, was also home to Nick Lowe, not only as recording artist but also as in-house producer. Lowe is seen as very influential in the rise of new wave and punk, producing the first five Elvis Costello albums and The Damned's debut Damned, Damned, Damned amongst others. As a recording artist Lowe's output maybe hasn't seen the same commercial success with this, his fifth single, being his only UK top ten hit. He has, however, continued recording and performing right up to the present with a new album out on 13th September 2011.

A kind of poppy punk-funk sound dominates this catchy number. A bare itchy guitar cuts and chops above a rotund bouncing bass line while Lowe sings a line at a time. The spritely sporadic piano and perfect pop production provide the something extra and lighten the atmosphere. The song breaks down for the chorus but in doing so somehow provides a fuller sound that only adds to its already infectious pop appeal.


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