In the mids British rocker Graham Parker teamed up with a feisty bar band called The Rumour, joining an intense, immediate "pub rock" movement that blossomed into the punk rebellion.
Parker recorded several albums with The Rumour, gaining considerable critical attention, then broke with the band and made solo records and toured through the next three decades. Though he has never achieved large-scale pop success, Parker has proved that persistence goes a long way; as many critics have remarked, he has managed to chart his maturity while remaining a vital pop artist—no mean feat.
Parker's music grew from an amalgam of diverse influences: soul, reggae, the rootsy early records of the Rolling Stones , and the folk-rock poetry of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison , among others. Yet, as Musician 's Geoffrey Himes wrote, "Parker doesn't so much sound like anybody as he sounds like everybody.
For all his traditionalism, he is often considered the founding father of England's new wave. Parker was born to a working class family in Deepcut, some 30 miles outside London, in By age 17 he had encountered both the exhilaration of soul and reggae and the torpor and inequality of working life; both would fuel the songwriter's unique mixture of rage and hope.
He worked in a laboratory breeding animals for scientific research, he told Himes, and although he had aspirations in the field of zoology, his lack of higher education restricted his movement in that field.
So that's what I did. He made little headway in the music world, though, and was forced to take a series of menial jobs. The band was comprised of musicians from such well-regarded rock outfits as Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe, and Bontemps Roulez. It seemed a perfect match: Parker's take-noprisoners vocals and The Rumour's driving guitars and crackling rhythm section.
Rolling Stone labeled the song a "masterpiece. Like its predecessor, the album made a huge impression on critics despite poor sales. Unfortunately, Parker's luck with his record company was inversely proportional to his success with critics. He and The Rumour had completed a third album, Stick to Me , with producer Mutt Lange, but a flaw in the master tapes forced them to re-record the entire LP with Nick Lowe in just a fraction of the time.
The rushed recording process yielded a somewhat inferior-sounding product, and reviewers were less than enthusiastic about the release. By this time the singer's long-simmering impatience with Mercury's seeming inability to promote his work had reached a boiling point. In he and The Rumour released a double-live album, The Parkerilla , to get out of his contract with the label.
Critics complained about the sound quality and felt somewhat betrayed by Parker: They had crowned him the Next Big Thing, and he hadn't come through. Marcus dismissed The Parkerilla as "a waste of time. Parker described his anger at Mercury on a single in called "Mercury Poisoning," for his new label, Arista. In it the singer hissed, "I'm the best-kept secret in the West.
Producer Jack Nitzsche persuaded the band to play more economically, thus emphasizing the guitar-driven intensity of Parker's compositions. The album included "Discovering Japan," a bittersweet love song, as well as the edgy, political rock-reggae tune "Protection. Parker's release The Up Escalator featured more tough rockers, including "Endless Night," which boasted backing vocals by Parker fan and rock superstar Bruce Springsteen. Escalator marked the end of Parker's collaboration with The Rumour.
Energized by his new label, Arista Records , and with record producer Jack Nitzsche , Parker wrote the songs that would form the basis for Squeezing Out Sparks , widely held to be the best album of his career. The companion live album Live Sparks , was sent to US radio stations as part of a concerted promotional campaign. Bob Andrews left The Rumour in early , and was not officially replaced. The Up Escalator would prove to be Parker's last album with the Rumour until a reunion decades later.
Other Rumour members also played with Parker in later years: bassist Andrew Bodnar would rejoin Parker from through the mids, and drummer Steve Goulding would play on Parker's album Deepcut To Nowhere. The s were Parker's most commercially successful years, with well-financed recordings and radio and video play.
This album charted at UK No. Record label changes came quickly after the mids, partly accounting for the number of compilation albums in Graham Parker's discography. He began producing his own recordings and issued The Mona Lisa's Sister. Parker continued to record for RCA through the early s. Long-time guitarist Schwarz once again left Parker after the album Human Soul. However, the album's chart peak of US No. After the personal 12 Haunted Episodes ,  and 's Acid Bubblegum featuring Jimmy Destri of Blondie on keyboards , Parker grew quiet in the late s.
The album was recorded and mixed in two weeks. Songs of No Consequence was recorded with The Figgs in A show from the ensuing tour with the Figgs was broadcast on FM radio and released as an album in In March , a new full-length album, Don't Tell Columbus , was released. The Mona Lisa's Sister Album 17 versions. Demon Records.
Alone In America Album 12 versions. Human Soul Album 11 versions. Westwood One. Dave Edmunds , Graham Parker , Dion 3. Burning Questions Album 8 versions. Capitol Records. Live Alone Discovering Japan Album 6 versions. In July , he played a private party for a Pittsburgh physician who has described himself as Parker's No.
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