Nick Lowe, “The Beast In Me”

Nick Lowe just this past summer released an excellent cover version of the Bee Gees-penned “Heartbreaker,” which was a hit in 1982 for Dionne Warwick. Lowe has been on the other side of that equation in his career. Elvis Costello famously turned his “(What’s So Funny) ‘Bout Peace, Love And Understanding” into a signature anthem. And Lowe also penned a song for his one-time father-in-law Johnny Cash that eventually was recorded by The Man In Black on his acclaimed comeback album with Rick Rubin, 1994’s American Recordings. As it turned out, Lowe’s own version of the song gained its own wide audience thanks to its inclusion in the pilot episode of a television series that turned out to do all right. But more on that in a moment. Lowe’s original intent was to write a song that would prop Cash up at a career ebb, as he told Sodajerker in a 2014 interview. “It was during that period from the mid-70s up until he started working with Rick Rubin, which was probably the lowest part of his career,” Lowe said. “He was doing this show at Wembley, which was a big family affair … he wasn’t a well man and he…

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