I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass

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"I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass"
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Single by Nick Lowe
from the album Jesus of Cool
B-side"They Called It Rock"
Released17 February 1978
GenreNew wave
Songwriter(s)Nick Lowe, Andrew Bodnar, Steve Goulding
Producer(s)Nick Lowe
Nick Lowe singles chronology
"Halfway to Paradise"
"I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass"
"Little Hitler"

"I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" is a song written by Nick Lowe, Andrew Bodnar, and Steve Goulding and performed by Lowe. It reached number 7 on the UK Singles in 1978.[1] The song was featured on his 1978 album, Jesus of Cool.[2]

The song was produced by Lowe.[3]

Lowe reflected on the song in an interview with GQ in 2011, saying that he did not perform the song live as it could not be effectively performed solo. He explained, "There's one song of mine called 'I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,' which was a fairly big hit in Europe, and people ask me for that sometimes, and I just don't do it. It's a really good record, but there's not actually any song there. It was a half-baked idea I had when I went to the studio, and the bass player and drummer sort of put a little sauce in it. But if I played it with just an acoustic guitar, the audience would probably give me a little clap in recognition, but by verse two, they'd be looking at their fingernails, waiting for the next one. There really isn't anything to it."[4]

When Lowe filmed a performance of "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" for Top of the Pops in 1978, he brought his future wife Carlene Carter to the set as part of their first date. Carter recalled, "I went to see him at Top of the Pops. He was doing 'I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass' in his Riddler suit, covered with question marks. We had chemistry."[5]

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  1. ^ "Nick Lowe, "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" Chart Position". Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Nick Lowe, Jesus of Cool". Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Nick Lowe, "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" Single Release". Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  4. ^ gq.com. "The Survivors: Nick Lowe". GQ. Condé Nast. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  5. ^ Binelli, Mark. "St. Nick: The Long, Strange and Wonderful Career of Nick Lowe". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Luke Haines, Christie Malry's Own Double Entry OST". Retrieved December 2, 2016.