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I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass – Nick Lowe (1978)


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With Punk Rock at its height in the UK, this piece of pop magic hit the record stores. As its first release for Radar Records, “I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass” became a radio friendly hit, driven by bass and piano, quickly racing into the top ten in the UK during March 1978 staying in top 40 for 8 weeks. The melodic sounds of Nick Lowe take me back to my teenage years, a time of going out into the work place for the first time, gaining my independence and making new friends.

Nick Lowe was born Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England in 1949. Nick’s career spans almost 50 years as a writer, musician, producer and occasional vocalist.

The picture sleeve for “I love the sound of breaking glass”

He started his career in a band called Kippington Lodge before they renamed the band Brinsley Schwartz after his friend and fellow band mate. They recorded for Parlophone records. In 1975 he left to work with Dave Edmunds and the band Rockpile where he played bass. In 1976 Nick released the first track for Stiff Records a British independent label who signed artists such as Elvis Costello, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Lene Lovich and The Damned.

B-Side “They Called It Rock” credited to Nick Lowe with Rockpile

After the success of “Breaking Glass”, Nick had another top twenty hit in 1979 with “Cruel to be kind”, which was to be his biggest US hit peaking at #12.

In subsequent years Nick continued collaborating with Rockpile, and other artists. He spent time touring with his new band “Noise To Go” became a member of a studio project with John Haitt and continued to write and produce.

As recently as 2011 Nick played the Glastonbury festival, and toured in the US.

The B side of this single is called “They Called It Rock” a piece of Bluesy Rock & Roll containing the brilliant lyric “They cut another record, it never was a hit, Someone in the newspaper said it was shit”.