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Graham Parker has lost none of his bitter finesse with words over the years. I have always seen him as an English answer to Dylan. This album does not disappoint on that score with its unexpected imagery and cynical twists. Musically though things have consistently improved as he experiments more, takes more risks by sometimes using less, and trusting himself to produce.
Don’t get me wrong: his harder soul albums are still to be heard blaring from my speakers frequently, but the sweeping sadness of tracks like ‘The Other Side of the Reservoir’ are there daily. Part Van Morrison, Part Stones but all Graham Parker.

This is an album of renewed vigour so why does he still not get renewed recognition?, Not even a slot on Jools Holland, “Don’t Tell Columbus” crackles with desperation and redemption sung with rich, complicated emotional power. And hooks, lots and lots of hook. It is unhealthy, perhapes even obscene, that someone should be able to come up with an album this good this far into their career.


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Graham Parker made his recorded debut with the album Howlin’ Wind in July 1976. Striking while the iron was hot, he released the follow-up, Heat Treatment, a mere three months later.
“I’m not affected by the pressure of the business or the record companies expecting each album to be this or that or achieve this or that,” Parker once told Charles Shaar Murray of the New Musical Express, “It’s easy to get stuck.”
Graham Parker was hardly stuck in 1976. Heat Treatment carried the fire from his debut with another batch of great songs full of venom, attitude, and soul. His band, The Rumour, were absolutely one of the finest of the era and served as the perfect partners-in-crime for the songs Parker was writing.
His sophomore effort kicks off with the title track, a bouncing R&B-infused rocker, very much his signature sound at the time. “That’s What They All say” continues the surge with its soulful approach. With the song “Black Honey,” Parker puts forth a sequel of sorts to the song “White Honey” from the first album. The song here, however, is a darker and moodier one from its predecessor as Parker lets out an emotional howlin’ wind of his own.
Like his debut, the album is full of great songs and performances, among them the reggae-tinged “Something You’re Goin’ Through,” the flat-out rocker “Help Me Shake It” and the classic “Hotel Chambermaid (later covered by Rod Stewart). One of Parker’s all time classics, “Fool’s Gold,” closes the album.

“I’m not pissing around, you know? I’m serious. All I want to do is send shivers up people’s spines. If I can do that…I make myself feel good and then I want to make other people feel that way. The other stuff doesn’t affect me,” Parker said. “It’s like when I hear other people’s records that I like, I get shivers and stuff, spasms of whatever you get. When I write songs, when I hit the song and get on top of it, I actually shiver.”
The album charted in the U.K. and received rave reviews across the board. Graham Parker would continue his hot streak with Stick to Me the following year before finally making some waves in America with the Squeezing Out Sparks album in 1979. Though never the commercial force of others like Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, Parker was there first in the “angry young man” of the ’70s camp, and he did so with his own style, class and a catalog of great songs.

one of the most successful groups to emerge from the UK Pub Rock scene of the early-to-mid-’70s; Graham was stereotyped early on as the quintessential ‘angry young man’ – drawing from Van Morrison, he developed a sinewy fusion of driving rock’n’roll, confessional folk-rock & soulful R&B; after his most successful album, the 1979 new-wave-ish ‘Squeezing Out Sparks’ he attempted a few pop-rock crossover albums before settling into a cult following in the late-’80s, where he continues to garner critical acclaim for his singer-songwriter releases;

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What a great performance and a singer with total commitment and a band who can really kick ass! It doesn’t get any better! I’m going back to schooldays to put things right!! . Not many other acts played such energetic live gigs than GP!!!! The guy is sincere about his music and that’s easy to hear when watching this concert, even confronted with a zombie audience. maybe Springsteen learned a lot from GP !!.

Formed in London in 1975. Initially managed by Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson, Graham Parker was put together with former members of Brinsley Schwarz by his management and they became a huge and electrifying live draw, bridging New Wave with the earlier Pub-Rock scene. They recorded five albums together until they split in 1980.

If you’re a Graham Parker fan, you must have this jewel. from 1978 , capture the frenzy and energy of Parker and the Rumour in their salad days; nearly over the edge raucous, yet tight and in total control. The audio and video is a bit crude, but considering the vintage of the source tapes, it’s more than adequate.

There was no better singer, songs or band or energy. A fine band at the peak of their skills. Brilliant ensemble playing. Andrew Bodnar, Bob Andrews, Brinsley Schwarz , Graham Parker, Martin Belmont, Steve Goulding

Setlist:  Heat Treatment 0:15 Soul on Ice 6:40 School Days 9:56 Heat in Harlem 12:50 Fool’s Gold 20:52 Watch the Moon Come Down 25:30 Thunder and Rain 31:10 Stick to Me 34:45 I’m Gonna Tear your Playhouse Down 38:10 Don’t Ask Me Questions 41:50 Not If It Pleases Me 47:30 New York Shuffle 50:25 Soul Shoes 53:40