|Cruel To Be Kind|
|Produced by Nick Lowe|
|Released on July 1979|
|UK CHART POSITION #12 . . . US CHART POSITION #12 (charted July 28, 1979 for 15 weeks)|
|Find it at GEMM|
|3-11018 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
H ard to believe that “Cruel To Be Kind” was the third single from Labour’s labor, following “American Squirm” and the in-all-ways inferior “Cracking Up.” (Who doused the idea of releasing “Dose of You” as a single?) As the A side is identical to the elpee version, the real attraction for me was the nonalbum B side, “Endless Grey Ribbon.” It’s a spare song, sort of like Nick Lowe’s take on Johnny Cash, about a man driving home (the endless grey ribbon is the road, in case you’re wondering) thinking about the sad state of his romantic affairs. Unfortunately, I’ve made it sound better than it is. A good candidate for an album of early outtakes and also-rans (Labour of Least?), but you can live without it. However, it does segue nicely into today’s English language lesson: the difference between GREY and GRAY. Just as LABOUR is the accepted English spelling of America’s LABOR, GREY is the English spelling of the preferred American GRAY. Earl Grey tea. The gray area in the geneva convention. You get the idea.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||August 1979||Radar||7"||ADA43||picture sleeve|
|US||Columbia Hall of Fame||7"||33398|
|CAN||Columbia Hall of Fame||7"||C41052|
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