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Editors’ Notes

In the late 1970s with the Rumour backing him, Graham Parker delivered the news with a defiant snarl and a band capable of turning every inquisition into a grand last stand. 1979’s Squeezing Out Sparks established his critical reputation but a series of label mishaps scattered his commercial momentum. He continued to write scathing commentaries, but he couldn’t muster traction. By the 1980s, Parker turned to studio players and record producers to find the musical fire. For 1985’s Steady Nerves, Parker was joined by his newly commissioned group The Shot and producer William Wittman. No longer the angry young man, but happily married and heading towards middle age, Parker had to redefine his voice. With his new team in place, he brings forth his R&B side with the Smokey Robinson-influenced mid-tempo “Wake Up Next to You,” the slickly produced love affirmation “Mighty Rivers” and the political charge of “Break Them Down.”  “When You Do That To Me” and “The Weekend’s Too Short” retain Parker’s emotional edge, but the production’s emphasis on superfluous keyboards and exaggerated drum beats clearly dates the album as the product of the 1980s.

Customer Reviews

Steady Nerves

Another great GP album. Not only does it contain his top 40 hit Wake Up (Next to You), but the album consists of great songs from beginning to end. Break Them Down, Lunatic Fringe, When You Do That To Me, Black Lincoln Continental and Canned Laughter are the among the songs that any Parker fan, or fan of classic rock, must have in their music library. Mr. Rumour Brinsley Schwarz is also on hand on lead guitar. No GP collection is complete without this album.

Biography

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,...
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