What's So Funny About Peace Love and Los Straitjackets

What's So Funny About Peace Love and Los Straitjackets

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Having backed up Nick Lowe on his "Quality Holiday Revue" tour, masked instrumental rockers Los Straitjackets understand the virtues of The Greatest Living Englishman's songbook better than the average person. And while most people discussing Lowe's work focus on the wit and wisdom of his lyrics, the man can write a superior melody, and Los Straitjackets offer eloquent proof on their 2017 album, What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets. This set offers a baker's dozen tunes from Lowe's catalog, ranging from early rockers like "Shake & Pop" and "Heart of the City" to smoother, more contemplative recent numbers like "I Read a Lot" and "Checkout Time," all interpreted in Los Straitjackets' trademark twangy style, borrowing from decades of instrumental rock styles and with no vocals to get in the way. Some of these arrangements follow Lowe's original recordings (especially "Half a Boy and Half a Man"), but more often Los Straitjackets put their own spin on the tunes, and generally they're quite effective. The folk-rock-ish spin on "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding" sure fits the bill, and the roller-rink sound of "Rollers Show" makes for good musical fun and fine listening at once. The surfy ambience of "All Men Are Liars," the Duane Eddy-style charge through "Heart of the City," and the dreamy late-night mood of "You Inspire Me" demonstrate these guys can tackle a tune in any number of ways, and they seem especially inspired by taking on the challenge of Lowe's back catalog. If you've ever dug the cool but fiery retro sound of Los Straitjackets, What's So Funny... will once again remind you of their brilliant chops and sense of fun, while Nick Lowe fans will definitely want to give a listen to this homage to one of rock's best living songwriters.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2017
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457249622
catalogNumber: 2496
Rank: 95012


  1. Shake and Pop
  2. All Men Are Liars
  3. Lately I've Let Things Slide
  4. You Inspire Me
  5. Rollers Show
  6. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
  7. I Read a Lot
  8. Half a Boy and Half a Man
  9. Checkout Time
  10. I Live on a Battlefied
  11. Raging Eyes
  12. Cruel to Be Kind
  13. Heart of the City

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Straitjackets   Primary Artist
Geraint Watkins   Organ,Piano
Neil Brockbank   Organ,Percussion,Xylophone
Nick Lowe   Vocals
Greg Townson   Guitar,Group Member
Danny Amis   Guitar,Group Member
Eddie Angel   Guitar,Group Member
Sterling Roswell   Oscillator
Chris Sprague   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Tucker Nelson   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Vibes,Stylophone
Pete Curry   Bass,Percussion,Group Member
Royston Lowe   Percussion

Technical Credits

Paul Carrack   Composer
Ian Gomm   Composer
Neil Brockbank   Producer,Engineer
Nick Lowe   Composer
Johnny Bartlett   Art Direction
Tucker Nelson   Engineer
Pete Curry   Engineer

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