Dec 122013
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Nick Lowe was one of the founders of the Great British rock explosion of the 1970s, writing songs like “Cruel to Be Kind and “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace Love and Understanding.” He’s just released a new album of Christmas songs called Quality Street — A Seasonal Selection For All The Family.
Since Lowe’s lyrics would lead us to believe there isn’t anything funny about peace, love or understanding, we’ll quiz him on three hilarious instances of human kindness.

Transcript:
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
And now the game where we reward a lifetime of being cool with 10 minutes of being lame.
(LAUGHTER)
SAGAL: Nick Lowe was one of the founders of the Great British rock explosion of the 1970s, writing songs like “Cruel to Be Kind” and “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding.” He’s got a new CD out, an album of new Christmas songs. It’s about time; were all getting pretty sick of “Jingle Bells.” Nick Lowe, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!
(APPLAUSE)
NICK LOWE: Thank you. Thank you very much.
SAGAL: So it is awesome for me to meet you because you were behind all my favorite music when I was growing up, your own songs, the songs you produced for Elvis Costello, Grant Parker and all those other great bands. Did you guys have any sense right there that you were doing anything new, That you were trying to change things?
LOWE: In a way we did, yes, because when that all started, the music business had got very, very staid, you know. And so we thought we’d do something else. And one of those things was to cause a bit of mischief, really, and kind of tear the playhouse down.
SAGAL: Well, what happened?
LOWE: Well, we had a lot of fun. I can’t remember too much about it, frankly.
(LAUGHTER)

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