18 November 2019
GRAHAM PARKER was born on 18 November 1950 in London. Happy 69
to a genuine, uncompromising but also underrated heart and soul singer-
songwriter. He is best known for his work with The Rumour in the late
1970s, early 1980s but Mister Parker released several stirring solo albums
too and still does (check his last year’s winsome LP ‘Cloud Symbols’).
An original singer/songwriter survivor with a most gripping voice.
Here are three gems to celebrate the man’s birthday…
– THE NEW YORK SHUFFLE – (From 1977 album: ‘Stick To Me’)
– NOBODY HURTS YOU – (From 1979 masterpiece album ‘Squeezing Out Sparks’)
– GIRL IN NEED – (From his 2018 solo LP ‘Cloud Symbols’ )
GRAHAM PARKER: Discography – Website – Facebook
The best of the past…
Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another firework year to remember: 1979.
The 25 KILLER TRACKS…
The 3 TOP ALBUMS…
– Unknown Pleasures by JOY DIVISION –
– Metal Box by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD –
– ‘London Calling’ by THE CLASH
See/hear you next week for the year of 1980…
The best of the past…
Every week Turn Up The Volume jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s the first year punk showed up: 1976.
Here’s the 25 KILLER TRACKS selection…
Here are 3 TOP ALBUMS…
– Self-titled RAMONES debut LP –
– Self-titled BLONDIE debut LP –
– ‘Stupidity‘ – Live LP by DR. FEELGOOD –
Remarkable albums from the past…
‘Squeezing Out Sparks’ by GRAHAM PARKER
Released: March 1979 / fourth longplayer
ALL MUSIC review: “Generally regarded as Graham Parker’s finest album, ‘Squeezing
Out Sparks’ is a masterful fusion of pub rock classicism, new wave pop, and pure vitriol
that makes even his most conventional singer/songwriter numbers bristle with energy.
Not only does Parker deliver his best, most consistent set of songs, but he offers more
succinct hooks than before. Parker’s ruminations over a lost past give him the anger
that fuels ‘Squeezing Out Sparks’, one of the great rock records of the post-punk era.”
Score: 5/5 – full review here
TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Graham Parker‘s very best to my ears
and rattles still sparklingly cutting today.
* NOBODY HURTS YOU (steamy 1979 live rendition)
* YOU CAN’T BE TOO STRONG
Album in full…
GRAHAM PARKER: Facebook – All Albums
His new album CLOUD SYMBOLS out 28 September. All info and pre-order facilities here.