Stereo Embers The Podcast: Jude Cole

Written by on November 24, 2021

“Coup De Main”

The category of “Things That Jude Cole Does” is pretty crowded because Jude Cole does a lot of things. A singer/songwriter, a guitarist, a band manager, a producer, a music critic, a record label founder, and a businessman—Jude Cole is a busy dude. The Illinois-born musician got his start playing in Moon Martin and the Ravens in the late 70s. In 1980 he joined the English band The Records and played on the Crashes album as well as touring with them all over Europe. After leaving the Records, Cole got his solo career going and he quickly knocked out a series of perfect pop albums like A View From 3rd Street and Start The Car. He put his solo career on hold to both manage and co-write songs for Lifehouse, then in 2003 he and Kiefer Sutherland formed Ironworks Studio and Records, signing artists like Ron Sexsmith and honey honey. He also recorded interview segments for Extra, where he interviewed The Rolling Stones and Bob Seger Over the years he’s collaborated with Dave Edmunds, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Beth Orton, Styx and Peter No-one. So yeah, Jude Cole is a busy guy. What’s he got going on lately besides a lot? Well, he’s got two new albums—Coolerator, which is comprised of doo-wop covers from the ’50s and Coup De Main, an album that reminds us why Cole is one of the most talented and riveting songwriters on the planet. Filled with acoustic numbers, mid-tempo rockers, breezy ’70s pop and an infectious synth-tinged number, Coup De Main is a poised and hook-laden collection that’s catchy, affecting and unforgettable. In this chat, Cole talks to Alex about playing the banjo, why not everyone is a champion and what it was like to be a young man in a band in England in 1980.

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