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Nick Lowe

Lowe at Knuckleheads Saloon
in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2012
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Orain Lowe
Born (1949-03-24) 24 March 1949 (age 67)
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England

Pub rock
new wave
power pop





Years active 1966–present

Yep Roc

Associated acts

Brinsley Schwarz
Elvis Costello
The Attractions
The Imposters
Huey Lewis and the News
Noise To Go
The Cowboy Outfit
Carlene Carter
Johnny Cash
Little Village
Bill Kirchen
Dr Feelgood


The number of contemporary artists who appeal to me is infinitesimal.
In the '70s, you had to come up with an album every year whether you were ready or not.
Nick Lowe
Going to Nashville to meet the in-laws was the first time when I'd been in America and not been seen as some sort of eccentric character with a cute accent.
Nick Lowe
Be a military flier or be in a band; those were the two hippest things I could imagine.
Nick Lowe
I work very hard on getting the songs as direct and examined as I can before I go in the studio.
Nick Lowe
These days, rock 'n' roll is much more about rock than about roll. I don't do rock. But I'm interested in that roll part, because that's the funny little bit that makes it hip.
Nick Lowe
When punk rock came along, the one thing you were not supposed to be was musical.
Nick Lowe
If anyone comes along, I'm more than happy to welcome them, but I'm not interested in world domination.
Nick Lowe
As long as my body holds out, I'll be grooving when I'm 70, and not some sort of horrible spectacle.
Nick Lowe
They tell me I produced songs. I just stood in the back, wore a good suit and said, Yeah, that's happening.
Nick Lowe
You've got to really know your song, inside and out.
All those years we'd spent learning these chops, and all those gigs in Germany where you'd play all night, and along comes punk. It has nothing to do with that. A lot of people went out of business.
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When somebody like Elvis Costello comes along, anybody can make a good record with him.
Nick Lowe
I suppose I was waiting until I was old enough to have some sort of experience to sing about. When you're young, it's hard to sing the blues. Nobody believes you.
Nick Lowe
The world is full of musicians who can play great, and you wouldn't cross the road to see them. It's people who have this indefinable attitude that are the good ones.
Nick Lowe
I'm playing to the sort of people who like the same records.
Elvis Costello had a brand new bag. He was a musician, but he knew all about the attitude part of it.
Nick Lowe
If a hit came along, I wouldn't be unhappy about that. But I'm a bit too old for that now-doing videos and all those types of TV shows. I've kind of done all that, in the '70s.
Nick Lowe
I like being a big fish in a small pond. I'm not interested in a huge audience because it brings headaches.
Nick Lowe