Squeezing Out Sparks is the fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Graham Parker and his band the Rumour. The album was released in March 1979. Critically acclaimed, Squeezing Out Sparks was voted album of the year in The Village Voice's year-end Pazz & Jop critics' poll and later ranked number 334 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Graham Parker and The Rumour were one of the 4 support acts for Bob Dylan at The Picnic at Blackbushe on 15 July 1978, playing in front of a huge crowd. Energized by his new label, Arista Records, and with record producer Jack Nitzsche, Parker wrote the songs that would form the basis for Squeezing Out Sparks, widely held to be the best album of his career. For this album, The Rumour's brass section, prominent on all previous albums, was jettisoned. The Best of Graham Parker and the Rumour (1980). The Best of Graham Parker 1988-1991 (1992). Loose Monkeys (1999).
Graham Parker and the Ru. .has been added to your Cart. A flawed album, but at its best this catches Parker and band between their pub-rock roots and their new wave future. The best songs have a hard-charging sweep (title song, the Ann Peebles cover" I'm Going to Tear Your Playhouse Down," "Thunder and Rain"). These and others such as "Clear Head" and "Soul On Ice" are more aggressive than their earlier efforts but without the jumpy staccato attack of SQUEEZING OUT SPARKS.
Graham Parker and the Rumour (led by British rock musician Graham Parker, with Brinsley Schwarz and Martin Belmont on guitars, Bob Andrews on keyboards, Andrew Bodnar on bass and Steve Goulding on drums) formed in the summer of 1975 in London, England, and began doing the rounds of the British pub rock scene.
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