So It Goes (song)

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This article is about the Nick Lowe song. For other songs with the same title, see So It Goes (disambiguation). For the Billy Joel song, see And So It Goes.
"So It Goes"
Single by Nick Lowe
from the album Pure Pop for Now People
B-side "Heart of the City"
Released 14 August 1976
Format 7-inch single
Genre Rock
Length 2:34
Label Stiff Records
Writer(s) Nick Lowe
Producer(s) Nick Lowe
Jake Riviera
Nick Lowe singles chronology
"So It Goes"
(1976)
"Keep It Out of Sight"
(1977)

"So It Goes" is a song written and recorded by Nick Lowe in 1976. The single was Nick Lowe’s solo debut following his departure from Brinsley Schwarz, and was the first single released on Stiff Records.[1]

Following the demise of the band Brinsley Schwarz, Lowe had formed the ad hoc band Spick Ace & the Blue Sharks with Martin Stone of The Pink Fairies and members of Dr. Feelgood. Contractual difficulties prevented their recordings being released and despite manager Jake Riviera's efforts record companies were not interested in signing Lowe as a solo artist.[2]

In the summer of 1976, Riviera borrowed £400 from Dr. Feelgood's Lee Brilleaux and rock photographer Keith Morris and along with former Brinsley Schwarz manager Dave Robinson formed Stiff Records.[1] Stiff gave Lowe £45 to record two songs and accompanied only by drummer Steve Goulding of The Rumour recorded “So It Goes” and the B-side, “Heart of the City”.[2] The single was released on 14 August 1976 with the catalogue number Stiff BUY1. The single was marketed through specialist shops and by mail order.[2] Although it failed to chart, it more than recouped its investment and helped kick-start a new generation of DIY independent labels.[1]

The record has the following messages in the run out grooves: EARTHLINGS AWAKE and THREE CHORD TRICK YEH.

The single was voted the fifth-best single of the year according to the New Musical Express critics poll.[3]

The song is featured in the 1979 film Rock 'n' Roll High School (with the Ramones), and the 2008 film Adventureland.

The expression[edit]

In the 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut used the phrase "So it goes" as a transitional phrase to another subject, as a reminder, and as comic relief. Generally the phrase was used after every time someone's (or something's) death is described or mentioned in the novel.

Covers[edit]

Year Singer/Group Album Comments
2002 The Bigger Lovers The Stiff Generation: If it ain’t Stiff, it ain’t Worth a Tribute"
2008 Matt Madly Checkered
2008 Shigekazu Aida So it Goes
2009 The Brighton Port Authority I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
  • featuring Olly Hite
2012 Davey Lane "Pure Pop @ Pure Pop"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Pop:Finger on the Pulse". The Times. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Richard Balls. Sex & drugs & rock'n'roll:the life of Ian Dury. pp. 147–148. ISBN 978-0-7119-8644-2. 
  3. ^ "NME End of Year Lists". Rocklist.net. Retrieved 2010-11-13.