Nicholas Drain "Nick" Lowe (born 24 March 1949), is an English singer-songwriter, musician and producer. A pivotal figure in UK pub rock, punk rock and new wave, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums. Along with vocals, Lowe plays guitar, bass guitar, piano and harmonica. He is best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" (a US Top 40 single), and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" (a top 10 UK hit), as well as his production work with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and others. Lowe also wrote "(What''s So Funny ''Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", a hit for Costello. He currently lives in Brentford, London, England.