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Editors’ Notes

The party line on Graham Parker & The Rumour's third album, Stick to Me, is that it's a letdown from the one-two punch of the previous pair. That rampant misconception is perhaps based on the presence of a string section on the opening title track and the Springsteen-like expansiveness of the seven-minute epic "The Heat in Harlem." But the fact is that, song for song, Stick to Me is rawer and more intensely rocking than either of its highly regarded predecessors. Parker's snarl had increasingly more in common with that of Johnny Rotten, whose Sex Pistols had released their debut the same month as this record. Steve Goulding's drums and the guitars of Brinsley Schwarz and Martin Belmont also bear a greater degree of bite. Lyrically, Parker was at his most vituperative on tunes like "Clear Head" and "Soul on Ice," growling out his gripes about the world at large. The R&B influence of the earlier albums is less overt, but it still surfaces on "The New York Shuffle" and a fire-breathing cover of the Ann Peebles classic "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down."

Customer Reviews

Still Sticks

This was my first Graham Parker record that I purchased. It opened up a whole new world of music for me. With a punk attitude, combined with musicallity, Stick to Me was great in the late 70's, and still is today.

The funny thing is, I wouldn't have been looking up Graham on iTunes if it wasn't for the movie, "This Is 40". Graham is in it along with Paul Rudd!


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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