Marc Hirsh

It's not hard to hear why "Basing Street" missed the cut for the original lineup of Labour of Lust. Nick Lowe's 1979 sophomore set — home of "Cruel to Be Kind," Lowe's one and only visit to the Top 40 — is raucous, funny and carnally minded, and "Basing Street," a B-side tacked onto the end of the recent reissue, is the opposite of all those things.

I'm the one watching Outsourced.

But first, a story. When I was a teenager, I used to hang out after school with a friend whose pantry was always well-stocked with Cool Ranch Doritos. I loathed Cool Ranch Doritos. Awful, horrid snacks. The problem was that if I ate one, I'd work my way through half the bag, complaining all the way how horrible they tasted. They never came around to being good, but for some reason, their wretchedness was compelling.