Friday, February 04, 2011

Documentary: Born Fighters

I got an email from Matt explaining the backstory...
If you are even a casual fan of the 70s new wave, you must watch this!

It's 1978. Nick Lowe has maintained a busy diary, producing sessions for Elvis Costello and The Pretenders, among many others, touring tirelessly with Rockpile etc... In December, he decamped to Eden Studios in London to record his second album 'Labour of Lust.' And a camera crew captured the whole thing!

The result is 'Born Fighters,' a fascinating look inside the sessions for not one but two classic albums (more on that in a minute). Screened only once on Granada Television in the UK, the film was thought lost to the bin of history, but some enterprising soul has uploaded it to Youtube and you can watch the whole thing!

An unlikely approach was taken with these sessions. Lowe recorded 'Labour of Lust' in tandem with Dave Edmunds' album 'Repeat When Necessary,' with backing from their Rockpile bandmates Terry Williams (drums) and Billy Bremner (guitar, vocals) on both. An incredible cavalcade of friends and collaborators stopped by too: Graham Parker! Huey Lewis! Phil Lynott! Albert Lee! See if you can spot them all.

On March 15, 2011, Yep Roc will reissue 'Labour of Lust' on vinyl, cd and - for the first time - digitally. Unconscionably, the album has been out of print for over 20 years.

Check it out.
Thanks and indeed, check it out...

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