ROCKPILE – 3 live sets (1977-1979)
In high school, medicine when I first got my used LP copies of Nick Lowe’s “Pure Pop For Now People” and “Labour Of Lust” for a dollar each at Record Surplus and played them until their grooves wore out, shop I’d assumed that Lowe was responsible for most, if not all of these albums’ instrumentation, as well as his singing and songwriting. What I didn’t know is that the band Lowe was concurrently in, Rockpile, was actually responsible for the backing tracks.
As “Pure Pop” (originally titled “Jesus Of Cool” in the U.K.) is shortly about to receive a CD re-release, I’ve found myself revisiting both it and the lone Rockpile album “Seconds Of Pleasure”. I’d always wondered about why Rockpile only had one album, and I found my answer on Wikipedia:
“After leaving Brinsley Schwarz in the mid-1970s, Lowe began playing in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds…[b]ecause the two main writers in Rockpile had contracts with different record labels and managers, albums were always credited to either Lowe ["Jesus of Cool", "Labour Of Lust"] or Edmunds ["Repeat When Necessary", "Tracks On Wax 4"], so there is only one official Rockpile album, from the very end of the collaborationâ€”1980s Seconds of Pleasure, featuring the Lowe songs “When I Write The Book” and “Heart”…Rockpile’s demise was hastened by a number of conflicts between Lowe’s and Edmunds’ respective managers, not Lowe and Edmunds themselves.”
Rockpile toured extensively in the late ’70s, but unfortunately there’s been no official release of any live recordings. That I know of.