Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit

1984

Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit is a 1984 album by British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. The record marked the official debut of Lowe’s new band, the Cowboy Outfit (although all of the bandmembers had appeared on Lowe’s previous album, The Abominable Showman). Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit was reissued in 2000 by Demon Music Group.

Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit incorporates more of a roots rock feel than Lowe’s previous albums, including nods to Tex-Mex music (“Half a Boy and Half a Man”), 1950s guitar instrumentals (“Awesome”), and country music (via a cover of Faron Young’s “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young”). Other notable tracks include the soul-influenced “L.A.F.S.”—which was co-produced and arranged by Elvis Costello (a role reversal of sorts, as Lowe had produced Costello’s first five albums).

The album also includes a cover of Mickey Jupp’s “You’ll Never Get Me Up In One Of Those,” which had been previously recorded by Lowe’s former Rockpile bandmate Dave Edmunds (the Edmunds version can be heard on his album Twangin…). Rockpile had also played as backing band on the Jupp original, on his 1978 album ‘Juppanese’.

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