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Biography

Consisting of pub rock veterans, The Rumour were best known as the backing band for Graham Parker, but they also issued three albums without him. They played an eclectic mix of rock, swing, country, reggae, new wave, power pop, and what used to be called R&B. They were also one of the house bands at Stiff Records, appearing on recordings by artists such as Elvis Costello, Dave Edmunds, and Nick Lowe.

The band were Bob Andrews, Martin Belmont, Andrew Bodnar, Stephen Goulding and Brinsley Schwarz.

They sounded like they did with Graham Parker but with less edginess. The style was like Brinsley Schwarz and Ducks Deluxe, which isn't surprising as some of the members were in these bands too.

Their first album was 1977's Max (a pun on Fleetwood Mac's Rumours) which contained self-penned songs, as well as songs written by friends such as Nick Lowe and Sean Tyla. In 1979 they released their second album, Frogs, Sprouts, Clogs and Krauts, experimenting with new wave sounds. Their final album was Purity of Essence. None of these sold particularly well, and the band disbanded in 1980.

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