Recognized for producing of some of the greatest records of the punk era (Elvis Costello, The Damned, the Pretenders), it’s his own records where Nick Lowe left the most indelible mark. Witness Yep-Roc’s recent 30-year anniversary edition of Pure Pop for Now People. In 1978, dressing up like the Riddler was no affectation for Lowe, who, decades before sampling, was hilariously guilty of sampling entire songs. His master thievery of Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” for his Castro-castrating anthem “Nutted by Reality” and the blatant appropriation of Creedence’s redemptive “Green River” for his vindictive “Stick It Where the Sun Don’t... More >>>