Graham Parker and The Rumour were formed in the summer of 1975 and released their first album, “Howlin’ Wind,” in January 1976 to worldwide critical acclaim. Their second album, “Heat Treatment,” followed six months later, garnering similar critical reaction and propelled Parker to international recognition.
The bands’ classic 1979 release, “Squeezing Out Sparks,” cemented their position as one of Britain’s top live acts and ensured sell out concerts on their seemingly endless world tours. “The Up Escalator” followed in 1980, reaching #11 on the UK charts and sold well throughout the world.
GP and The Rumour disbanded after “Escalator” and Parker went on to forge a solo career that continues to produce powerful work including 1988’s “The Mona Lisa’s Sister,” 1991’s “Struck By Lightning” and the hard rocking “Acid Bubblegum,” released in 1996.
Dozens of compilations are available on a variety of record labels and Parker continues to tour frequently, sometimes with backing musicians but more often as a solo act. In June 2000, Parker released “Carp Fishing On Valium,” a collection of short fiction published by St. Martin’s Press (US) and Simon & Schuster (UK). He composed songs to compliment the stories and took “Carp Fishing On Valium Ñ the Stories, the Songs” on the road in September/October 2000. The book was also published in paperback in May 2001.
In addition to his studio albums and the many live sets and compilations released on traditional record companies, Parker’s website now sells an “official” bootleg, “Yer Cowboy Boot,” featuring the multi-talented Tom Freund. (“Live Cuts From Somewhere,” backed by the Figgs, was the first in the “official bootleg series” but has long since been sold out.)
New GP tunes are being tried regularly out at his solo shows and a new album can’t be far behind!