Parker in 2007
|Born||18 November 1950|
Hackney, East London, England
|Genres||Rock, new wave, pub rock, soul, rhythm and blues|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician, writer|
|Labels||Arista, Bloodshot, Buy or Die, Capitol, Dakota Arts, Demon, Elektra, Hannibal, Hip-O, Mercury, Razor & Tie, RCA, Rebound, Rock the House Entertainment Group, UpYours, Vertigo Canada & UK, Windsong UK|
|Associated acts||The Rumour, The Figgs|
Parker was born in Hackney, East London in 1950. He was a pupil at Chobham Secondary Modern School in Surrey. After the arrival of the Beatles, Parker and some other 12/13 year olds formed the Deepcut Three, soon renamed the Black Rockers. None of the members actually learned to play their instruments, however, and were merely dress-up bands, adopting Beatle haircuts, black jeans and polo neck sweaters. By the time Parker was 15 he was a fan of soul music, especially Otis Redding, and would go to dance clubs in the nearby towns of Woking and Camberley where there was a thriving appreciation of Soul music, Motown and Ska. Parker left school at 16 and went to work at the Animal Virus Research Institute in Pirbright, Surrey, where he bred animals for foot-and-mouth disease research. At 18 he left the job and moved to Guernsey in the Channel Islands where he took a variety of jobs, picking tomatoes, digging ditches, collecting money from pinball machines, and working in a bakery. In Guernsey he bought an acoustic guitar and began to learn fingerpicking style and began writing songs with lyrics heavily influenced by the psychedelic music of the time.
Parker returned to England for a year, living in Chichester in Sussex where he worked at the Chichester Rubber Glove Factory. By 1971, he had left England again and spent time in Paris right at the time of the Free Angela Davis march through the city. From France, Parker hitchhiked through Spain to Morocco, where he traveled around for a year before moving to Gibraltar. In Gibraltar he worked on the docks unloading frozen foods, which he then helped deliver to supermarkets. His guitar playing and writing skills were improving, and after playing songs to a few locals in a bar, he found himself on an afternoon show on Gibraltar television where he performed two or three of his own songs. At that time, a strongly psychedelic influenced band named Pegasus often played in the same bar and asked Parker to join them. With Parker in the band playing a borrowed electric guitar, Pegasus played one show in Gibraltar before going to Tangier, Morocco, where they briefly performed in a nightclub. Parker, however, was growing out of the hippie trappings and decided the band needed to learn a few songs that involved major keys (all the songs they played were in A minor) and so taught the members some of the soul numbers he had loved as a youth, including Wilson Pickett’s In The Midnight Hour. He also tired of the band's hippie name and renamed them Terry Burbot’s Magic Mud.
In late 1972 Parker returned to England and lived with his parents, working at a petrol station around the corner from his childhood home in Deepcut. By now he was determined to pursue a career in music and worked steadily on improving his guitar playing and song writing. In late 1974 he placed an ad in Melody Maker seeking like-minded backing musicians. One of the musicians who answered the ad was Noel Brown, a guitarist who lived in south London. Brown introduced him to Paul "Bassman" Riley who had recently been a member of Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers. (Brown also found Parker a gig at Southern Comfort, a tiny hamburger café on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, London where he played solo, performing a mixture of original songs and covers.) Riley thought Parker should meet Dave Robinson, the manager of the by now defunct Brinsley Schwarz band. Robinson had a small studio above the Hope & Anchor pub in Islington and began to record Parker, sometimes solo and sometimes with a few musicians behind him.
One of the songs Parker recorded was "Between You and Me." This demo version ended up on Parker’s first album, Howlin' Wind, after the Rumour tried to record it but failed to achieve the natural feel of the demo. Another song, "Nothin’s Gonna Pull Us Apart" was played, in demo form, on the Charlie Gillett show "Honky Tonk" on BBC London 94.9. On hearing the song, Nigel Grainge from Phonogram Records called Gillett and asked who the new singer was. By now Robinson had become Parker’s manager and a deal with Phonogram was struck almost immediately. Robinson then went about recruiting the musicians who would become the Rumour, and recording for "Howlin’ Wind" began in the winter of 1975 with Nick Lowe producing. In 1975, he recorded a few demo tracks in London with Dave Robinson, who would shortly found Stiff Records and who connected Parker with his first backing band of note, The Rumour. Parker had one track, "Back to Schooldays", released on the compilation album, A Bunch of Stiff Records for Stiff Records.
In the summer of 1975, Parker joined ex-members of three British pub-rock bands to form Graham Parker and the Rumour: Parker (lead vocals, guitar) with Brinsley Schwarz (lead guitar) and Bob Andrews (keyboards) (both ex Brinsley Schwarz), Martin Belmont (rhythm guitar, ex Ducks Deluxe) and Andrew Bodnar (bass) and Steve Goulding (drums). They began in the British pub rock scene, often augmented at times by a four-man horn section known as The Rumour Horns: John "Irish" Earle (saxophone), Chris Gower (trombone), Dick Hanson (trumpet), and Ray Beavis (saxophone).
The band's first album, Howlin' Wind, was released to acclaim in April 1976 and was rapidly followed by the stylistically similar Heat Treatment. A mixture of rock, ballads, and reggae-influenced numbers, these albums reflected Parker's early influences (Motown, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison) and contained the songs which formed the core of Parker's live shows – "Black Honey", "Soul Shoes", "Lady Doctor", "Fool's Gold", and his early signature tune "Don't Ask Me Questions", which hit the Top 40 in the UK.
Establishing a recording career in early 1976, Parker preceded two other new wave English singer-songwriters with whom he is often compared: Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson. (Costello's first single was released in 1977, and Jackson's first solo single in late 1978).
Graham Parker and the Rumour appeared on BBC television's Top of the Pops in 1977, performing their version of The Trammps' "Hold Back the Night" from The Pink Parker EP, a Top 30 UK hit in March 1977.
At this point, Parker began to change his songwriting style, hoping to break into the American market. The first fruits of this new direction appeared on Stick To Me (1977), which broke the Top 20 on the UK Albums Chart.
Parker and the Rumour gained a following in Australia thanks to the support of community radio (4ZZZ, 3RRR), Sydney independent rock station Double Jay (2JJ) and the ABC's weekly pop TV show Countdown, which gave the group nationwide exposure. They made their first tour there in 1978, where they spotted rising Australian band The Sports, who subsequently supported Parker and the Rumour on their early 1979 UK tour. The group made a second Australian tour in late 1979, when Parker appeared on Countdown as a guest presenter.
An official Graham Parker and The Rumour live album, The Parkerilla, issued in 1978, had nothing new: three sides were live, with versions of previously released songs; the fourth was devoted to a "disco" remake of "Hey Lord, Don't Ask Me Questions". "The Parkerilla" satisfied his contractual obligation to Mercury Records, freeing him to sign with Arista.
Parker had long been dissatisfied with the performance of Mercury Records, finally issuing in 1979 as a single B-side "Mercury Poisoning" a song that directly attacked it. The flip side of the single was a cover of the Jackson Five song "I Want You Back (Alive)."
Graham Parker and The Rumour were one of the four support acts for Bob Dylan at The Picnic at Blackbushe on 15 July 1978, playing in front of a huge crowd. The band also opened Richard Branson's new club The Venue in November 1978 in London.
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. For this album, The Rumour's brass section, prominent on all previous albums, was jettisoned.
Squeezing Out Sparks (1979) was named by Rolling Stone at No. 335 on its List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In an early 1987 Rolling Stone list of their top 100 albums from 1967 to 1987, Squeezing Out Sparks was ranked at No. 45, while Howlin' Wind came in at No. 54. The album also featured singles such as "Local Girls", "Protection", and "Discovering Japan". The companion live album Live Sparks, was sent to US radio stations as part of a concerted promotional campaign.
The jettisoned brass section continued to play on other people's records, credited as The Irish Horns (on the album London Calling by The Clash) or The Rumour Brass, most notably on Katrina and the Waves' 1985 hit "Walking On Sunshine".
1980's The Up Escalator was Parker's highest-charting album in the UK and was produced by Jimmy Iovine and had guest vocals from Bruce Springsteen. The front cover of the album credited only Graham Parker, not "Graham Parker and The Rumour". The album was certified Gold in Canada (for over 50,000 copies sold).
The Up Escalator would prove to be Parker's last album with the Rumour until a reunion decades later. However, Rumour guitarist Brinsley Schwarz would reunite with Parker in 1983 and play on most of his albums through the decade's end. Other Rumour members would also play with Parker in later years: bassist Andrew Bodnar would rejoin Parker from 1988 through the mid-1990s, and drummer Steve Goulding would play on Parker's 2001 album Deepcut To Nowhere.
The 1980s were Parker's most commercially successful years, with well-financed recordings and radio and video play. His follow-up to The Up Escalator, 1982's Another Grey Area, used session musicians Nicky Hopkins and Hugh McCracken. This album charted at UK No. 40 and US No. 51, and spun off a Top 50 UK single in "Temporary Beauty".
1983's The Real Macaw, with drumming by Gilson Lavis of Squeeze and Brinsley Schwarz on guitar, did not fare as well, hitting US No. 59 on the album charts but missing the UK charts altogether. However, Parker's 1985 release Steady Nerves (credited to Graham Parker and The Shot) was a moderate success and included his only US Top 40 hit "Wake Up (Next to You)". The Shot was a four-piece backing band, all of whom had played on either The Real Macaw or Another Grey Area: Brinsley Schwarz (guitar), George Small (keyboards), Kevin Jenkins (bass) and Michael Braun (drums).
Steady Nerves was recorded in New York City, and Parker began living mostly in the United States during this time.
Record label changes came quickly after the mid-1980s, partly accounting for the number of compilation albums in Graham Parker's discography. Particularly unproductive was Parker's tenure at Atlantic Records, where he released nothing and signed to RCA Records. He began producing his own recordings and issued The Mona Lisa's Sister. The backing band for this album included former Rumour-mates Schwarz and Bodnar; keyboardists James Halliwell and Steve Nieve; and drummer Terry Williams (replaced on one cut by Andy Duncan, and two others by Pete Thomas, who, like Nieve, was a member of Elvis Costello and the Attractions). Rolling Stone magazine ranked The Mona Lisa's Sister at No. 97 on its list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s.
Parker continued to record for RCA through the early 1990s. Long-time guitarist Schwarz once again left Parker after the 1990 album Human Soul. Parker's 1991 offering, Struck By Lightning, had Bodnar and Pete Thomas in the backing band, as well as guest appearances from The Band's Garth Hudson on keyboards and John Sebastian on autoharp. However, the album's chart peak of US No. 131 saw Parker dropped by the label. 1992's Burning Questions was released by Capitol Records, who promptly dropped him after the album failed to sell.
A 1994 Christmas-themed EP release (Graham Parker's Christmas Cracker) was issued on Dakota Arts Records, before Parker found a more permanent home on American independent label Razor & Tie. After the personal 12 Haunted Episodes, and 1996's Acid Bubblegum (featuring Jimmy Destri of Blondie on keyboards), Parker grew quiet in the late 1990s. However, he continued to play live fairly regularly, often working with backing band The Figgs (who, like The Rumour, when not backing Parker also issue records as a discrete unit).
Parker began a more active period in 2001, with the UK re-release of his early Rumour work, and with his third studio album for Razor & Tie, Deepcut to Nowhere. In 2003, he collaborated with Kate Pierson of the B-52's and Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom to record an album of lesser-known John Lennon/Paul McCartney compositions that had never been recorded by The Beatles. The album, called From a Window: Lost Songs of Lennon & McCartney, was credited to "Pierson, Parker, Janovitz". Also in 2003, Parker contributed a solo acoustic version of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" to the compilation album, A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd.
New solo work continued with 2004's Your Country, which saw Parker switch labels to Chicago-based indie Bloodshot Records and was co-produced by John Would at Stanley Recording in Venice, California. The album was recorded and mixed in two weeks.
Songs of No Consequence was recorded with The Figgs in 2005. A show from the ensuing tour with the Figgs was broadcast on FM radio and released as an album in 2006. In March 2007, a new full-length album, Don't Tell Columbus, was released.
In addition to his records, Parker published an illustrated science fiction novella, The Great Trouser Mystery in 1980. He published a set of short stories, Carp Fishing on Valium, in June 2000. His third book, the novel The Other Life of Brian, appeared in September 2003.
In early 2011, Parker reunited with all five original members of The Rumour to record a new album, Three Chords Good. It was released in November 2012. Music journalist, Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted that the release was "the rare reunion that simultaneously looks back while living in the present." Meanwhile, the Judd Apatow film This Is 40, in which Parker and Rumour play themselves, was released a month later, in December 2012.
The Parker/Rumour reunion continued into 2015, when their new album Mystery Glue was issued. It was followed by a short international tour, after which the reunion ended.
In April 2018, Parker signed with 100% Records, and released a brand new single titled "Dreamin'". Later, in July 2018, Parker announced "Cloud Symbols", his brand new studio album that will be released on September 21, 2018. The album features Parker's brand new backing band The Goldtops, which consists of Martin Belmont on guitar, Geraint Watkins on keyboards, Simon Edwards on bass, and Roy Dodds on drums. The album also features the Rumour Brass, making this their first appearance on a Graham Parker album since "Stick To Me" in 1977 and their first time working with Parker since the Squeezing Out Sparks tour in 1979. The album was initially to be produced by Neil Brockbank, but he died during the recording of the album and production duties for the rest of the album were passed onto Tuck Nelson and Parker himself.
He announced a solo, acoustic 40th Anniversary version of Squeezing Out Sparks, for an April 13, 2019 release. It also contains the non-album single, Mercury Poisoning.
|Year||Artist credit||Album title||Peak chart positions|
|1976||Graham Parker & The Rumour||Howlin' Wind||-||-||-||-|
|1976||Graham Parker & The Rumour||Heat Treatment||-||52||-||169|
|1977||Graham Parker & The Rumour||Stick To Me||35||19||-||125|
|1979||Graham Parker & The Rumour||Squeezing Out Sparks||22||18||79||40|
|1980||Graham Parker & The Rumour||The Up Escalator||36||11||27||40|
|1982||Graham Parker||Another Grey Area||98||40||-||52|
|1983||Graham Parker||The Real Macaw||57||-||-||59|
|1985||Graham Parker & The Shot||Steady Nerves||-||-||82||57|
|1988||Graham Parker||The Mona Lisa's Sister||81||-||46||77|
|1989||Graham Parker||Human Soul||-||-||-||165|
|1991||Graham Parker||Struck by Lightning||-||-||-||131|
|1992||Graham Parker||Burning Questions||-||-||-||-|
|1995||Graham Parker||12 Haunted Episodes||-||-||-||-|
|1996||Graham Parker||Acid Bubblegum||-||-||-||-|
|2001||Graham Parker||Deepcut To Nowhere||-||-||-||-|
|2004||Graham Parker||Your Country||-||-||-||-|
|2005||Graham Parker & The Figgs||Songs of No Consequence||-||-||-||-|
|2007||Graham Parker||Don't Tell Columbus||-||-||-||-|
|2009||Graham Parker||Carp Fishing On Valium||-||-||-||-|
|2010||Graham Parker||Imaginary Television||-||-||-||-|
|2012||Graham Parker & The Rumour||Three Chords Good||-||-||-||-|
|2015||Graham Parker & The Rumour||Mystery Glue||-||-||-||-|
|2018||Graham Parker & The Goldtops||Cloud Symbols||-||-||-||-|
Graham Parker & the Rumour
|1977||"Hold Back the Night"||24||–||–||58||–||The Pink Parker|
|"(Let Me Get) Sweet on You"||24||–||–||107||–|
|1978||"The New York Shuffle"||–||49||–||–||–||Stick to Me|
|"Hey Lord, Don't Ask Me Questions"||32||24||–||–||–||The Parkerilla|
|1979||"Protection"||–||46||–||–||–||Squeezing Out Sparks|
|"I Want You Back (Alive)"||–||46||–||103||–||Non-LP|
|1982||"Temporary Beauty"||50||–||–||–||–||Another Grey Area|
|1983||"Life Gets Better"||–||35||–||94||–||The Real Macaw|
|1985||"Wake Up (Next to You)"||–||–||94||39||–||Steady Nerves|
|1988||"Get Started. Start a Fire"||–||–||85||–||–||The Mona Lisa's Sister|
|"Don't Let It Break You Down"||–||–||–||–||27|
|1989||"Big Man on Paper"||–||–||–||–||18||Human Soul|
Andrew Bodnar (born 23 September 1954) is an English bass player who grew up in Clapham, South London. He and drummer Steve Goulding (The Rumour, The Mekons, etc) met and began playing together as a rhythm section while still at school. They spent their teenage years auditioning, busking and jamming whenever they could, and were gigging in and around London with a cajun-influenced band called Bontemps Roulez just prior to forming The Rumour in 1975. Bodnar is probably best known for his membership with Graham Parker and The Rumour (1975-1980), for playing the distinctive reggae-flavored bassline on "Watching the Detectives" by Elvis Costello, and for bass playing and co-writing (with Steve Goulding and Nick Lowe) “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass” by Nick Lowe.
Bodnar went on to become the Thompson Twins touring bassist, promoting their hit album ‘Quick Step & Side Kick’ during 1982-83 and since played live, or on recording sessions for many artists, including Angie Bowie, The Pretenders, and Tina Turner. He also played bass for Graham Parker on his various solo albums from 1988 through the mid-1990s. Graham Parker and The Rumour reunited in 2011 to record two new albums, and they toured the UK, US and Europe through to late 2015.Bodnar played himself in the Judd Apatow film, This Is 40, released in December 2012. He currently lives in rural North Yorkshire where he continues to write and record.Another Grey Area
Another Grey Area is a 1982 album by Graham Parker - his first solo album without the backing of his regular band, the Rumour - and was released on the Arista Records label. It was produced by Jack Douglas and Graham Parker. The album features Nicky Hopkins on acoustic piano.
Parker said Another Grey Area was a "beautiful" album, saying, "I've always been striving to make a record that sounds beautiful. I think Another Grey Area sounds beautiful. ... the perspective is just full. Everything is in the right place. It's not a question of sound. When I say sound, I mean putting instruments in the right perspectives, so you get a bass in the slot, so the whole thing holds together". Parker also claimed that the album featured better singing than his previous albums.Another Grey Area, despite positive reception in the United States, was heavily criticized in Parker's home country of the United Kingdom. He reflected, "In England, the critics are panning it. They hate it. Because they're prejudiced. They've also missed the point of the lyrics. They think the songs are cop-outs, but they're not listening. They're listening to the fact that there isn't Graham Parker & the Rumour with the band being angry. You made the point exactly: the band was playing angrily as well and it wasn't necessary".Brinsley Schwarz (musician)
Brinsley Ernst Pieter Schwarz (born 25 March 1947, Woodbridge, Suffolk) is an English guitarist and rock musician.
His family's roots is Germany.
He formed a band named Kippington Lodge in 1965, which evolved into the band Brinsley Schwarz. After the band's demise in 1974, Schwarz briefly joined Ducks Deluxe before forming The Rumour and going on to achieve success with Graham Parker as Graham Parker and the Rumour. He continued to record and tour with Parker following the splitting up of The Rumour in 1980, notably contributing to Parker's The Mona Lisa's Sister album (1988).
Schwarz also played the saxophone on the band's albums from 1972 onwards and on Dr. Feelgood's 1974 debut album, Down by the Jetty, on the live recording of the medley track, "Bonie Maronie" / "Tequila".
He produced some Brinsley Schwarz and Graham Parker albums.
As of 2012 he was back on tour with Ducks Deluxe, and in 2016 toured with Graham Parker and released his first solo album Unexpected. on which he wrote all the songs, played all guitars and bass and sang all the vocals.Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act
The Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act is an award given by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), an organisation which represents record companies and artists in the United Kingdom. The accolade is presented at the Brit Awards, an annual celebration of British and international music. The winners and nominees are determined by the Brit Awards voting academy with over 1,000 members, which comprise record labels, publishers, managers, agents, media, and previous winners and nominees.The award was first presented in 1977 as two awards as "British Male Newcomer" and "British Female Newcomer" which were won by Graham Parker and Julie Covington. When the Brit Awards was held for the second time in 1982, the awards "British Male Newcomer" and "British Female Newcomer" became joint as one award for both male and female acts as well introducing groups acts to award. The first award for the joint "British Newcomer" was won by The Human League. In 2003 the award was renamed to "British Breakthrough Act".Heat Treatment
Heat Treatment is the second album by rock and roll singer-songwriter Graham Parker and The Rumour. A close follow-up to the debut album, Howlin' Wind, Heat Treatment was well received by critics and contains signature Parker songs like the rollicking title track, "Pourin' It All Out", and "Fool's Gold". "That's What They All Say" is a Dylan-esque putdown from a realist perspective, while "Turned Up Too Late" was perhaps Parker's most emotionally mature composition to date. "Black Honey" is a dark, downcast sequel to the debut's upbeat first track "White Honey". "Hotel Chambermaid" was covered many years later by Rod Stewart. The Rumour was credited on the back cover and the label, but not on the album's front cover.
In 2001, Vertigo/Mercury issued a remastered and expanded CD, including two tracks from The Pink Parker EP.Jimmy Iovine
James Iovine (; Italian: [ˈjoːvine]; born March 11, 1953) is an American record producer best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records. In 2006, Iovine and rapper-producer Dr. Dre founded Beats Electronics, which produces audio products and operated a now-defunct music streaming service. The company was purchased by Apple Inc. for $3 billion in May 2014.Prior to the Apple acquisition of Beats in 2014, Iovine became chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, an umbrella unit merged by the then-newly-reincarnated Universal Music Group in 1999.Local Girls
"Local Girls" is a song by British rock musician Graham Parker, recorded with his backing band the Rumour. The song was released on his 1979 album, Squeezing Out Sparks.
Lyrically inspired by the girls in Parker's hometown, "Local Girls" was meant to capture life in English suburbia. The song was released as a single in the US in 1979, but did not chart. The song has since become one of Parker's most famous songs.Martin Belmont
Martin Belmont (born 21 December 1948) is an English rock and country-blues guitarist.Protection (Graham Parker song)
"Protection" is a song by British rock musician Graham Parker, recorded with his backing band the Rumour. The song was released on his 1979 album, Squeezing Out Sparks.
"Protection" was lyrically inspired by a Winston Churchill line and featured a stripped-down arrangement. The song was released as a single in the UK in 1979, but did not chart there. The song has since become one of Parker's most famous songs.Squeezing Out Sparks
Squeezing Out Sparks is the fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Graham Parker and his band the Rumour. The album was released in March 1979. Although the Rumour were not credited on the cover, their name was included on the album label.
Critically acclaimed, Squeezing Out Sparks was voted album of the year in The Village Voice's year-end Pazz & Jop critics' poll and later ranked number 334 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.Steady Nerves
Steady Nerves is a 1985 album by Graham Parker and The Shot. The album contains his only US Top 40 hit, "Wake Up (Next to You)".Steve Goulding
For the Australian rules player, see Steve Goulding (footballer).Steve Goulding (born 1954, South London, England) is an English drummer, who has played as a member of Graham Parker and The Rumour, The Associates, Poi Dog Pondering, The Waco Brothers and The Mekons. He also played the drums on the hit single "Let's Go to Bed" by The Cure and "Watching the Detectives" with Elvis Costello. He co-wrote "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" with Nick Lowe and Andrew Bodnar. He currently resides in New York City.Stick to Me
Stick to Me is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter Graham Parker and his first group, the Rumour.Struck by Lightning (album)
Struck by Lightning is a solo album by Graham Parker, which was released on compact disc and vinyl in 1991. It was Parker's best-selling album of the 1990s, reached number 131 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.Temporary Beauty
"Temporary Beauty" is a song by British rock musician Graham Parker. The song was released on his 1982 album, Another Grey Area. With lyrics described by Parker as "put-downs", "Temporary Beauty" is a rock song with vocals that Parker noted as an example of his better singing compared to previous albums.
Released as a single in January 1982, "Temporary Beauty" was a moderate hit in the UK, peaking at number 50. A music video was also made for the song. "Temporary Beauty" has seen positive reception from critics and has been included on multiple compilation albums.The Mona Lisa's Sister
The Mona Lisa's Sister is a 1988 album by Graham Parker. It was Parker's first album for RCA following an acrimonious split with Atlantic and the first he produced himself (with Brinsley Schwarz). The "stripped-down" sound of the album garnered critical acclaim and presaged a back-to-basics trend in rock music in the 1990s. It was re-released by Buddah Records in 1999 with a bonus track, "Ordinary Girl", the B-side to "Get Started. Start a Fire". The album debuted at #77 (US) May 28, 1988. This was its highest chart position.
In 1989, it was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s.The Parkerilla
The Parkerilla is a 1978 live double album by Graham Parker and The Rumour. It was recorded at Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Manchester Opera House, Apollo Theatre, Oxford and The Palladium, New York City; and mixed at Rockfield Studios, Wales.
The album was recorded as a contractual obligation album as Parker had already signed with Arista and was preparing "Squeezing Out Sparks" for that label. The album was longer than a traditional record and Mercury elected to release it as a double album. The single "Hey Lord Don't Ask Me Questions" was a re-recording of a song from the first album (and slightly retitled) with the song occupying the fourth side.The album met with a mixed reception from critics who were waiting for new material from Parker.In 1991, Rolling Stone ranked The Parkerilla number 64 on its list of 100 greatest album covers. The cover photography was by Brian Griffin, with the artwork completed by Barney Bubbles.The Real Macaw
The Real Macaw is a 1983 album by Graham Parker and was released on the Arista Records label.The Rumour
The Rumour were an English rock band in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known as the backup band for Graham Parker, whose early records (from 1976 to 1980) were credited to Graham Parker & The Rumour. However, The Rumour were also recording artists in their own right, releasing three albums: Max (1977), Frogs, Sprouts, Clogs and Krauts (1979), and Purity of Essence (1980).
The group broke up at the end of 1980, but reunited as Parker's backing band in 2011, and have performed and recorded with Parker ever since. The band undertook a short final UK tour in October 2015, finishing with a final concert at the London Forum on 17 October 2015. At this show, the surviving members of the horn section also reunited, the first time for 33 years.
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