All Men Are Liars

Album: Party of One (1990)

Songfacts®:

  • Nick Lowe told The A.V. Club that Oprah Winfrey, of all people, inspired this song: "When I was over here once I was watching an edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show. They had some poor sap sitting there who'd run off with a maid or something like that, and the audience was extremely upset with this guy. I remember this large black lady standing up and shouting at the top of her voice, 'All men are liars! All men are liars! All men are liars!' She just was chanting it. And I thought, 'Yeah, you know what? You've got a point there, darling.' And along came that song."
  • This song has a jab at the English pop singer Rick Astley, whose surname Lowe rhymes with "ghastly." Lowe commented to Mojo April 2009: "They love that song in America. Whenever I start doing it in my solo shows, you can feel the anticipation - they roll in the aisles like the Smash potato robots! (Characters in Smash Instant Mash adverts). You think, 'Blimey, it's not actually that funny,' but it absolutely kills them. I'm sure he's ever such a nice bloke and bear him no ill-will. I really do feel bad whenever I sing the line!"
  • Party of One was Lowe's eighth album. It was produced by the Welsh musician, Dave Edmunds. The pair are frequent collaborators, and were in a band together called Rockpile.
  • Robert Ellis recorded this for the 2012 tribute album, Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe.

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