Seconds of Pleasure

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Seconds of Pleasure
Studio album by Rockpile
Released October 1980
Recorded 1980 at Eden Studios, Chiswick
Genre Rock & roll
Length 43:32
Label Columbia
Producer Nick Lowe and Rockpile
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Music Box 5/5 stars[3]

Seconds of Pleasure was a 1980 album by Rockpile, a band consisting of guitarists/vocalists Dave Edmunds and Billy Bremner, bassist/vocalist Nick Lowe, and drummer Terry Williams. The band had played together on various solo albums by Edmunds and Lowe in previous years, but Seconds of Pleasure would be the first (and only) album released under the Rockpile name.

The album's opening track, "Teacher Teacher", became a minor hit on the Billboard charts. The song was written by Kenny Pickett and Eddie Phillips, former members of the 1960s British rock band The Creation.

A four-song EP, "Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds Sing the Everly Brothers" was included in the first pressings of the LP; the songs were later included on the album's various CD versions.[4]

The front cover is a painting by the designer Barney Bubbles, who used pseudonyms and rarely signed his work. This is signed "Dag".

LP track listing[edit]

All songs written by Nick Lowe and Rockpile, unless otherwise indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Teacher Teacher" (Kenny Pickett, Eddie Phillips) – 2:36
  2. "If Sugar Was As Sweet As You" (Joe Tex) – 2:35
  3. "Heart" – 2:38
  4. "Now and Always" – 1:58
  5. "A Knife and a Fork" (Kip Anderson, Isaiah Hennie, Charles Derrick) – 3:18
  6. "Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)" (Lowe) – 4:13

Side two[edit]

  1. "Wrong Again (Let's Face It)" (Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook) – 2:23
  2. "Pet You and Hold You" – 3:13
  3. "Oh What a Thrill" (Chuck Berry) – 3:06
  4. "When I Write the Book" – 3:17
  5. "Fool Too Long" – 2:51
  6. "You Ain't Nothin' But Fine" (Sidney Semien, Floyd Soileau) – 2:54

Bonus EP tracks (Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds Sing The Everly Brothers)[edit]

produced by Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds

  1. "Take a Message to Mary" (Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant) – 2:28
  2. "Crying in the Rain" (Howard Greenfield, Carole King) – 2:04
  3. "Poor Jenny" (F. Bryant, B. Bryant) – 2:28
  4. "When Will I Be Loved" (Phil Everly) – 2:14

CD reissue bonus tracks (2004)[edit]

  1. "Back to Schooldays" [Live] (Graham Parker) – 3:31 produced by Jeff Griffin
  2. "They Called It Rock" [Live] – 3:20 produced by Jeff Griffin
  3. "Crawling from the Wreckage" [Live] (Parker) – 3:07 produced by Chris Thomas


(note: Bremner sings lead on "Heart" and "You Ain't Nothin' But Fine". Edmunds and Lowe take turns on lead vocals for the rest of the album; amongst the non-Bremner songs, Edmunds sings all the covers except "Teacher Teacher", while Lowe sings all the originals except "Fool Too Long".)



Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard Pop Albums 27


Year Song Chart Position
1981 "Teacher Teacher" Billboard Pop Singles 51