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Squeezing Out Sparks
     

Squeezing Out Sparks

by Graham Parker & the Rumour
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
Label:
Polygram Uk
UPC:
0731454868129
catalogNumber:
548681
Rank:
105788

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Performance Credits

Graham Parker & the Rumour   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Graham Parker   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   Composer
Mark Howlett   Engineer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Deke Richards   Composer
Nigel Williamson   Liner Notes

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