Turn Up The Volume picks 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

28 September 2022

London-born GRAHAM PARKER is one of those rare singer/songwriters who, throughout his whole career put passion and energy in all of his work. Of course, it helps when you’re born with a most affectingly soul-stirring voice, but to use that gift every single time for every single song with ardent dedication and avid devotion is, as said, a rare affair.

Heart & soul songsmith/performer

Parker, now 71, has released (with his band The Rumour and solo) a huge amount
of studio, live, and compilation LPs. Picking only 10 of his gems looks like a hard job.
It actually isn’t. I just closed my eyes and noted the first 10 GP songs that popped up
in my mind et voila.

Here we go.


1. New York Shuffle
Album: Stick To Me (1977)
2. Soul Shoes
Album: Howlin’ Wind (1976)
3. Nobody Hurts You
Album: Squeezing Out Sparks (1979)
4. The Girl Isn’t Ready
Album: The Mona Lisa’s Sister (1988)
5. And It Shook Me
Album: Struck By Lightning (1991)
6. Go Little Jimmy
Album: Songs Of No Consequence (2005)
7. Back Door Love
Album: Heat Treatment
8. Tornado Alley
Album: Your Country (2004)
9. All Being Well
Album: Don’t Tell Columbus (2005)
10. You Can’t Be Too Strong
Album: Squeezing Out Sparks (1979)

GRAHAM PARKER: Bio – Discography – Facebook – Twitter

Thank you for the music, mister Parker (Ghent, Belgium)

(Image on top: cover of compilation album)

Happy 69 To Legend… GRAHAM PARKER

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

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1979…

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.



Unknown Pleasures by JOY DIVISION

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‘London Calling’ by THE CLASH

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See/hear you next week for the year of 1980…

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1976 …

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 –

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– Self-titled BLONDIE debut LP –

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‘Stupidity‘ – Live LP by DR. FEELGOOD

Stream here




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)


Album in full…

GRAHAM PARKER: Facebook – All Albums

His new album CLOUD SYMBOLS out 28 September. All info and pre-order facilities here.