It is pure irony that the British punk producer, nicknamed “the Basher,” found his cash cow via a Whitney Houston movie soundtrack. But after helming landmark ’70s records for the Damned, the Pretenders, and Elvis Costello, and scoring his own reasonable solo hits with various pub-rock groups and solo LP Labour of Lust (“Cruel to Be Kind”), Nick Lowe remained an under-adored cult figure well into the ’90s. Then, the ’70s hit he wrote for Costello, the massive “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” was dusted off by Curtis Stigers on the 1992 soundtrack to The Bodyguard, and the royalties started streaming in. None of this has changed Lowe’s fluid innovation—1994’s The Impossible Bird was significant to the budding Americana movement, and his latest three rock albums were on the painfully hip label Yep Roc—but, after all these years, it’s sure nice to see the Basher get his bank. With Bill Kirchen.
Tue., Oct. 13, 9 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 6, 2009