We are thrilled to welcome Graham Parker back to the Odeum stage!
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 that same year, a 4-track EP, featuring a cover of the Trammps’ “Hold Back The Night,” claimed the band two appearances on Top Of The Pops and gave them a UK top twenty single.
Their third album, Stick To Me, made the UK top 20 and The Parkerilla, a three-sided live album, reached #14 in the spring of 1978. Parkerilla spawned a hit single with the re-recorded and somewhat discofied version of Howlin’ Wind’s epic “Don’t Ask Me Questions.”
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.
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: the Stories, the Songs on the road in September/October 2000. The powerful and eclectic Deepcut To Nowhere was released on August 21st, 2001 on Razor and Tie and was voted one of the ten best albums of the year by Sound And Vision magazine.