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Graham Parker & The Rumour


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London, England (1975 – 1980, 2011 – present)

Graham Parker and the Rumour (led by British rock musician Graham Parker, with Brinsley Schwarz and Martin Belmont on guitars, Bob Andrews on keyboards, Andrew Bodnar on bass and Steve Goulding on drums) formed in the summer of 1975 in London, England, and began doing the rounds of the British pub rock scene. The band was also augmented at times by a four-man horn section known as The Rumour Brass: John “Irish” Earle (sax), Chris Gower (trombone), Dick Hanson (trumpet), and Ray Bevis (sax). Throughout their time with Parker, 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 first album by Graham Parker and the Rumour, Howlin’ Wind, was released to acclaim in 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 — “White 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.

Parker and the Rumour built a reputation as incendiary live performers: the promotional album Live at Marble Arch was recorded at this time and shows off their raw onstage style. Like the pub rock scene he was loosely tied to, the singer’s class-conscious lyrics and passionate vocals signaled a renewal of rock music as punk rock began to flower in Britain.


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  • Lowbacca

    p.s. NEW IMAGES UP!

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    @zoraxx: amen. new LP is so great.

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • zoraxx

    The man is an underrated genius who has spent the last 23 years trying to sell albums to people other than rock critics. Why don't people buy his music? I have no idea... but you should. If you like rock and roll, and music with soul (which is something music seems to lack these days) - then you will like Graham Parker.

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    On Friday, director, Judd Apatow, will introduce a whole new generation to Graham Parker and The Rumour's music in This Is 40. Parker takes Songfacts behind the scenes of this upcoming Hollywood blockbuster starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Jason Segel:

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • rustco

    Where's Protection and Lord? Helloooo

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • jessieinthesky

    Songfacts recently sat down with Graham Parker. Enjoy the interview here:

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MusicFilmWeb

    The band is getting back together (courtesy of music documentary and Judd Apatow sequel)

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Nicast

    Why do so many people listen to Graham Parker... ?

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
  • JRWaddy

    I don't wanna be contentious I don't want to sound pretentious I'm just asking If i may What it is that floats yer boat today ? You see I don't remember My parents eulogising over songs 40 years ago, ago Waking me up before you go go go Is this the way to Amarillo ? Oh, Where do we go from here ? Is it down to the lake I fear ? Please don't tell me it is hip hop, Don't tell me it's rap. I've heard it. I've hard it & it is all crap. So tell me what is new, Boogaloo, Nevermind, it doen't matter, It never did smell of anything at all. Give me rock & roll, Give me your soul, Give me your honesty. Give me passion. Music, lyrics, that I can listen to.

    19 Mar 2011 Reply
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  • doctorjmo

    ...leave those locals girls alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! happy 2010!!

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • tronsuser

    i heard a rumour that graham parked on a single yellow once...

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • StinkySQL

    GP's music stands the test of time. One of the great new wave Brit bands that showed us all how it gets done.

    18 Oct 2009 Reply
  • rjoycerocknroll

    You better watch out might send you back to schooldays !

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • denibean

    he lord... dont ask me questions

    26 Mar 2009 Reply
  • denibean

    hey lord, dont you answer me

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • denibean

    halleluuuuuuya ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo yeah... god, im so not on this planet, with my playlist... december 08, i've bin sooooo engrossed with life and listening to gong... heeheeeha can i have a swig? i'm very thisty ; )

    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • twmia

    Hey lord you don't answer me

    19 Dec 2008 Reply
  • twmia

    HE was one of the great punk and new wave stars end of the 70s but a little bit forgotten

    19 Dec 2008 Reply

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