I’m certainly dating myself by saying this, but I’ve been a fan of Nick Lowe ever since I got stuck on “Cruel to Be Kind,” a fluke American hit for Lowe, in 1979. Several years later I got a copy of the album that contained that song, Labour of Lust. He earned extra cool points at the time when I discovered that he’d produced the debut album by the Damned—those early Elvis Costello records he worked on didn’t seem quite as hip, though they’ve aged better—and I’ve enjoyed just about everything he’s done since.