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Ignited by the crosscurrents of pub rock and punk, these raw-boned songs have a scrapper’s impassioned spirit. Producer Jimmy Iovine took everything he’d learned working with Springsteen and helped Parker pare his songs down to the sinew. “Devil’s Sidewalk” and “The Beating of Another Heart” have the packed-in intensity of a crowded bar, as the stripped-down band pulls sweat from Parker’s vocal performance. While Danny Federici’s organ and Nicky Hopkins’s piano turn “Stupefaction” into a garage rock gem, Springsteen himself shows up for “Endless Night,” a momentary merger of roots rock, power pop, and punk.

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Apatow gets an honorable mention

Great Album

This album introduced me to Graham Parker and it is my favorite of his. Would somebody at itunes replace their ridiculous "album review". It discourages people from buying a great work.

So Happy

I'm so happy this album is available! One of his best!!!


Born: November 15, 1950 in East London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Stereotyped early in his career as the quintessential angry young man, Graham Parker was one of the most successful singer/songwriters to emerge from England's pub rock scene in the early '70s. Drawing heavily from Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones, Parker developed a sinewy fusion of driving rock & roll and confessional folk-rock, highlighted by his indignant passion, biting sarcasm, and bristling anger. At the outset of his career, his albums crackled with pub rock energy, snide witticisms, and...
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