Appreciating Rockpile

Rockpile was a power-pop band in the late 70’s with members Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. Rockpile released a single album under the Rockpile name – and it’s a good one.

The good news for fans of this album is that there is more music by the band, it’s just not called Rockpile.

Interestingly, since the two stars of the band, Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe, had different record labels as solo artists, they recorded a few albums under each artist’s name before ever releasing their lone Rockpile record in 1980.

Before the Rockpile album was ever released, they recorded Dave Edmunds’ album Tracks on Wax 4 with Edmunds taking all vocals.  Later, the band recorded Nick Lowe’s seminal album Labour of Lust and Dave Edmunds’ Repeat When Necessary simultaneously.  All three are in actuality Rockpile records.  Lowe’s album produced the US Top 20 track Cruel to be Kind and Edmunds scored a hit with Girls’ Talk (later to be covered by Elvis Costello).

Other “Rockpile” records:

This was “power pop” (and some rockabilly) at it’s finest hour.

Here are some videos of the band.

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