''For the comic book editor, see Nick Lowe (comic books).''
right|thumb|Cover of ''The Convincer'' (2001).
"Nick Lowe" (born Nicholas Drain Lowe, on March 24, 1949) is a singer-songwriter and producer who records and performs a number of different musical styles. Born in Walton-on-Thames, England, he began his recording career in 1966 as a member of Kippington Lodge, founded with his friend Brinsley Schwarz, which released a few singles on Parlophone. Three years later Kippington Lodge had changed its name to Brinsley Schwarz and its musical focus to country- and blues-rock. Lowe's best-known song from the Brinsley Schwarz era is probably either "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," which was a major hit for Elvis Costello in 1979, or "Cruel to Be Kind," a song the other band members rejected but was later a solo hit for Lowe.
After leaving Brinsley Schwarz in the mid-1970s, Lowe began playing in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds. In August 1976, Lowe released "So It Goes" b/w "Heart of the City", the first single on the Stiff Records label where he was in-house producer (the label's first EP was Lowe's 1977 four-track release ''Bowi'', apparently named in re...