The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Cool Hall of Fame #205


Nick Lowe, Jesus of Cool

15 comments :

swac said...

Posted on the occasion of the reissue of his 1979 classic Labour of Lust.

Bill said...

Johnny Cash's son-in-law. It doesn't get any cooler than that.

Fred said...

Cruel to be Kind is still one of my favorite songs to sing and play. I just can't believe it has been so long. He looks like someone's grandpa now.

Robert Fiore said...

And have you seen pictures of Carlene Carter from back then? Jesus indeed. He's looking a little like the Methuselah of Cool in this shot.

Michael said...

Also to be filed under Heroes Of The Empire.

markxus25 said...

Saw him open for Elvis C when "Cruel to be Kind" was high on the charts. He was so cool he didn't bother to play it...

swac said...

He's certainly older, but no less cooler. Check out Dig My Mood for further confirmation.

Sadly, Carlene's been through some rough times, and looks it, but she's still making some fine music. Now I want to own that CD that combines Blue Nun and Musical Shapes, but it's sadly out of print, and selling for a pretty penny these days. Grrr...

Peter DuCharme said...

I had the great pleasure of once working with Nick and got to listen to him re-work some lyrics aloud. He was witty, gracious and well.....cool.

kulbreez said...

I saw him live in SF with His Cowboy Outfit in the 80s. Best. Shows. EVER!

Max Frost said...

I love Nick Lowe, but it's hard to be Jesus of Cool in a cardigan sweater and Sansabelt slacks (yes, I said "slacks"). I'm not even gonna bring up the Hush Puppies.

swac said...

And yet he does it! Mind you, I'm an old-school, pre-Cobain cardigan lover.

marietta said...

Sorry,so late.i like nick lowe,no question.wen daryl hall sings:"we met on the dancfloor in the old highschool gym.....,it makes me naerly cry,weil ich seinerzeit einen besonderen schuljungen kannte,der das so nicht erleben durfte.all best marietta.

Michael Daly said...

my all time songwriting hero - he really has gotten better with age unlike almost any other rock n roll figure i would say. The Convincer is my album of the noughties.

VP81955 said...

"Pure Pop For Now People," as the album is known on this side of the pond, is one of my all-time favorites...but I only wish he had gotten his facts straight on poor Marie Prevost:

http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/102936.html

harkin said...

Same as Kulbreez I saw NL in SF (at the Warfield) but with Rockpile a few years earlier. Five encores and then the house lights came on but someone turned on Buddy Holly singing 'That'll Be The Day' - the place went crazy and they came out for two more encores...great GREAT show!