Nick Lowe’s “Stoplight Roses”

Nick Lowe put out a video featuring a beloved American earlier this year when Marc Maron starred in “Sensitive Man”. Now, he’s done it again for another song off his 2011 album, The Old Magic. This time around, Paul F. Tompkins is wandering around what the YouTube commenters believe is Chicago, looking forlorn and occasionally mouthing the words to Lowe’s “Stoplight Roses”.

Watching Tompkins look dapper but sad is worthwhile on its own, but the video is also a reminder that Lowe, at the age of 63, is still completely on his game. You might know him as a producer or as the songwriter behind hits like “Cruel to Be Kind” and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?” If you’re really lucky, though, you know him as a killer solo artist, a pop master who turns out near-perfect songs. The Old Magic and its 2007 predecessor, At My Age, are both impeachable. Get listening.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

3 thoughts on “Nick Lowe’s “Stoplight Roses””

  1. Try “impeccable”. “Impeachable” is what Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were.
    God help us. Dictionaries for Christmas.

  2. Good stuff. Go back one album further to 2001’s The Convincer for the brilliant beginning of Lowe’s silver-haired, wounded playboy phase. I have purchased that album at least five times for myself, friends and family.

    I think James probably meant UNimpeachable, rather than impeccable, which is a fussy, snooty word with little practical use. But with a little informed imagination, one could certainly make an argument for the metaphoric impeachment of Lowe’s lusty lyrics.

  3. @2, re: paragraph 2, it’s entirely possible that he left out the “un”; a lot of these posts suffer from haste. As to your judgement about the word “impeccable”, I note that k.d. lang used it just the other day during her show in Regina. I rest my case.

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