Nick the Knife

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Nick the Knife
Studio album by
Nick Lowe
ReleasedFebruary 1982
Recordedat Eden Studios, Acton, London
LabelF-Beat (United Kingdom)
Columbia (United States)
ProducerNick Lowe
Nick Lowe chronology
Labour of Lust
Nick the Knife
The Abominable Showman
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(B+)[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Nick the Knife is the third solo album by Nick Lowe, released in 1982 and his first since the 1981 breakup of his band Rockpile.


The record still has several ties to Rockpile with Lowe's former bandmates Billy Bremner and Terry Williams both playing on the album. The album includes Lowe's slwoer remake of the Rockpile song "Heart"; the original version can be found on the band's album Seconds of Pleasure, sung by Bremner.

Nick the Knife reached #50 on the Billboard 200, and #99 on the UK album charts. No singles from the album made the US or UK charts, although in Canada "Stick It Where The Sun Don't Shine" hit the top 40.

Nick the Knife is notable for being one of only two Lowe solo albums with no cover versions, including only songs written or co-written by Lowe, the other album being his 1990 Party of One.

A 1990 CD of the album was issued on Demon Records with the catalog number FIEND CD 183.

The album was reissued by Yep Roc Records in 2017.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Nick Lowe except where noted.

  1. "Burning" - 2:07
  2. "Heart" (Lowe, Rockpile) – 3:41
  3. "Stick It Where the Sun Don't Shine" – 3:42
  4. "Queen of Sheba" – 3:29
  5. "My Heart Hurts" (Lowe, Carlene Carter) - 2:39
  6. "Couldn't Love You (Any More Than I Do)" – 2:36
  7. "Let Me Kiss Ya" – 2:45
  8. "Too Many Teardrops" (Lowe, Carter) – 3:32
  9. "Ba Doom" – 2:19
  10. "Raining Raining" – 2:45
  11. "One's Too Many (And a Hundred Ain't Enough)" (Lowe, Kim Wilson) – 2:37
  12. "Zulu Kiss" (Lowe, J.E. Ceiling) – 3:22

Bonus tracks from 2017 YepRoc reissue:

  1. "Heart (Demo)" - 3:53
  2. "Raining Raining (Demo)" - 1:55
  3. "I Got a Job" - 3:01


  • Nick Lowe – vocals, bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Bobby Irwin – drums, backing vocals
  • Terry Williams – drums
  • Billy Bremner – guitars
  • Martin Belmont – guitars
  • Aldo Bocca – guitars, drums on "Heart", engineer
  • Neill King – piano and Hammond organ, audio grip
  • Carlene Carter – piano and Hammond organ
  • Steve Nieve – piano and Hammond organ
  • Ben Barson – piano and Hammond organ
  • Paul Carrack – piano and Hammond organ
  • James Eller – more bass


Three songs from the album were released as singles:

  • "Stick it Where the Sun Don’t Shine" b/w "My Heart Hurts"
  • "Burning" b/w "Zulu Kiss"
  • "My Heart Hurts" - released in four versions:
  1. promo b/w same
  2. b/w "Stick it Where the Sun Don’t Shine"
  3. double 45 with three live songs "Pet You and Hold You", "Cracking Up" and "(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding"
  4. b/w "Pet You and Hold You" (Live)

Live versions recorded by Nick Lowe and His Noise To Go, February 10, 1982 at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio

Cover version[edit]

In 2015, Justin Remer of Elastic No-No Band recorded covers of all 12 tracks on Nick the Knife with his side project Duck the Piano Wire and released it as the album Duck the Knife: A Homemade Remake of Nick Lowe's "Nick the Knife."[citation needed]



  • Sleeve notes