On this day in music history: June 9, 1979 – “Labour Of Lust”, the second studio album by Nick Lowe is released. Produced by Nick Lowe, it is recorded at Eden Studios in London and Love Studios in Helsinki, Finland in early 1979. The second solo release by the UK singer, songwriter, and bassist features members of musician Dave Edmunds’ band Rockpile backing Lowe as well as members of Elvis Costello & The Attractions (whom Lowe also produces), with Costello himself also contributing background vocals on several songs. A pre-fame Huey Lewis also plays harmonica on the track “Born Fighter”. Originally issued in the UK by Radar Records, it is picked up for US release by Columbia Records. The album spins off the hit single “Cruel To Be Kind” (#12 UK and US Pop), co-written by Lowe and his former Brinsley Schwarz band mate Ian Gomm. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2011 with one additional bonus track (“Basing Street”, the B-side of “Cracking Up”) by Yep Roc Records in the US and Proper Records in Europe. “Labour Of Lust” peaks at number forty two on the UK album chart and number thirty one on the Billboard Top 200.
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