The Wilderness Years is a collection of songs Nick Lowe recorded between his time with Brinsley Schwarz and his first solo album, Jesus Of Cool (titled, Pure Pop For Now People, in the U.S.). He recorded a lot of songs during this period, doubling as a house producer for Stiff Records as well as later forming Rockpile with Dave Edmunds. There are a number of rarities with outtakes, covers, a few previously unreleased demos, and singles released only outside of the States. The songs on this compilation range from gems to throwaways, but does exhibit the sense of humour in Lowe's writing that gave him a certain charm that is irresistible.
Fool Too Long Let's Go to the Disco Everybody Dance (Nick Lowe, Daniel Adler) Bay City Rollers We Love You Allorolla Part 1 Rollers Show Heart of the City Halfway to Paradise (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) Truth Drug Born a Woman (Martha Sharpe) Endless Sleep Shake That Rat I Love My Label (Lowe, Profile) I Don't Want the Night to End So Heavy Keep it Out of Sight Heart I Got a Job