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Squeezing Out Sparks

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Generally regarded as Graham Parker's finest album, Squeezing Out Sparks is a masterful fusion of pub rock classicism, new wave pop, and pure vitriol that makes even his most conventional singer/songwriter numbers bristle with energy. Not only does Parker deliver his best, most consistent set of songs, but he offers more succinct hooks than before -- "Local Girls" and "Discovering Japan" are powered by quirky hooks that make them new wave classics. But Parker's new pop inclinations are tempered by his anger, which seethes throughout the hard rockers and even his quieter numbers. Throughout Squeezing Out Sparks, Graham spits out a litany of offenses that make him...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Generally regarded as Graham Parker's finest album, Squeezing Out Sparks is a masterful fusion of pub rock classicism, new wave pop, and pure vitriol that makes even his most conventional singer/songwriter numbers bristle with energy. Not only does Parker deliver his best, most consistent set of songs, but he offers more succinct hooks than before -- "Local Girls" and "Discovering Japan" are powered by quirky hooks that make them new wave classics. But Parker's new pop inclinations are tempered by his anger, which seethes throughout the hard rockers and even his quieter numbers. Throughout Squeezing Out Sparks, Graham spits out a litany of offenses that make him feel like an outsider, but he's not a liberal, he's a conservative. The record's two centerpieces -- "Passion Is No Ordinary Word" and the anti-abortion "You Can't Be Too Strong" -- indicate that his traditionalist musical tendencies are symptomatic of a larger conservative trend. But no one ever said conservatives made poor rock & rollers, and Parker's ruminations over a lost past give him the anger that fuels Squeezing Out Sparks, one of the great rock records of the post-punk era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2001
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 731454868129
  • Catalog Number: 548681
  • Sales rank: 88,798

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Discovering Japan - Graham Parker (3:26)
  2. 2 Local Girls - Graham Parker (3:34)
  3. 3 Nobody Hurts You - Graham Parker (3:39)
  4. 4 You Can't Be Too Strong - Graham Parker (3:15)
  5. 5 Passion Is No Ordinary Word - Graham Parker (4:26)
  6. 6 Saturday Nite Is Dead - Graham Parker (3:17)
  7. 7 Love Gets You Twisted - Graham Parker (2:58)
  8. 8 Protection - Graham Parker (3:50)
  9. 9 Waiting for the Ufos - Graham Parker (3:07)
  10. 10 Don't Get Excited - Graham Parker (3:03)
  11. 11 Mercury Poisoning - Graham Parker (3:09)
  12. 12 I Want You Back - Graham Parker (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Graham Parker & the Rumour Primary Artist, Track Performer
Graham Parker Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Andrews Keyboards, Background Vocals
Martin Belmont Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Andrew Bodnar Bass, Drums
Steve Goulding Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Brinsley Schwarz Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Graham Parker Liner Notes
Jack Nitzsche Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Mark Howlett Engineer, Mastering
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Robin McBride Mastering
Alphonso Mizell Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Deke Richards Composer
Jeff Sanders Mastering
Nigel Williamson Liner Notes
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