Often compared to Dylan's erstwhile '60s cohorts, the Rumour displays the same self-assurance and finesse as the Band, but rocks harder. Despite a checkered recording career on its own, the Rumour was always a stellar support group. With the vastly improved music scene as a catalyst, Parker evidently felt the need to assert himself more strongly on Stick to Me , but the resulting overstatement and stylistic diversity couldn't be contained comfortably on one LP.
Nonetheless, taken individually, many tracks are undeniably compelling. The title cut is Parker's soaring declaration of dedication in the face of a hostile world; he unleashes exhilarating nastiness in Ann Peebles' "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down. No amount of party fun, however, could clear the air after the overblown theatrics of the seven-minute "Heat in Harlem.
In classic contract-fulfilling tradition, Parker cranked out a two-record set, The Parkerilla : three live sides plus a second studio version of "Don't Ask Me Questions.
The sour-grapes "Mercury Poisoning" was his first release on Arista, which declined to put its name to the promo-only gray inch one-sided single. Squeezing Out Sparks resolved Parker's stylistic dilemma. It's his toughest, leanest and most lyrically sophisticated LP; in a way a sad loss of innocence.
Eschewing the lighter soul elements of his earlier work, Parker adopts a harsh, nearly humorless tone that suggests cynicism instead of anger. Regardless, critics generally loved it and sales were decidedly improved over previous efforts. Parker somehow lost his sense of purpose on The Up Escalator.
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He has moved from label to label, seeing virtually no large-scale success, but has nonetheless retained his singular vision. Fans were dismayed when Capitol, too — after a massive reorganization that saw the slashing of its artist roster — decided to part ways with Parker. The more stalwart among them, however, seemed confident that this latest setback would not derail their man for long.
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Parker recorded several albums with The Rumour, gaining considerable critical attention, then broke with the band and made solo records and toured through the next three decades. Though he has never achieved large-scale pop success, Parker has proved that persistence goes a long way; as many critics have remarked, he has managed to chart his maturity while remaining a vital pop artist—no mean feat. Parker's music grew from an amalgam of diverse influences: soul, reggae, the rootsy early records of the Rolling Stones , and the folk-rock poetry of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison , among others.
Yet, as Musician 's Geoffrey Himes wrote, "Parker doesn't so much sound like anybody as he sounds like everybody. For all his traditionalism, he is often considered the founding father of England's new wave. Parker was born to a working class family in Deepcut, some 30 miles outside London, in By age 17 he had encountered both the exhilaration of soul and reggae and the torpor and inequality of working life; both would fuel the songwriter's unique mixture of rage and hope.
He worked in a laboratory breeding animals for scientific research, he told Himes, and although he had aspirations in the field of zoology, his lack of higher education restricted his movement in that field. So that's what I did. He made little headway in the music world, though, and was forced to take a series of menial jobs. The band was comprised of musicians from such well-regarded rock outfits as Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe, and Bontemps Roulez.
It seemed a perfect match: Parker's take-noprisoners vocals and The Rumour's driving guitars and crackling rhythm section. Rolling Stone labeled the song a "masterpiece. Like its predecessor, the album made a huge impression on critics despite poor sales. Unfortunately, Parker's luck with his record company was inversely proportional to his success with critics. He and The Rumour had completed a third album, Stick to Me , with producer Mutt Lange, but a flaw in the master tapes forced them to re-record the entire LP with Nick Lowe in just a fraction of the time.
The rushed recording process yielded a somewhat inferior-sounding product, and reviewers were less than enthusiastic about the release. By this time the singer's long-simmering impatience with Mercury's seeming inability to promote his work had reached a boiling point. In he and The Rumour released a double-live album, The Parkerilla , to get out of his contract with the label. Critics complained about the sound quality and felt somewhat betrayed by Parker: They had crowned him the Next Big Thing, and he hadn't come through.
Marcus dismissed The Parkerilla as "a waste of time. Parker described his anger at Mercury on a single in called "Mercury Poisoning," for his new label, Arista. In it the singer hissed, "I'm the best-kept secret in the West. Producer Jack Nitzsche persuaded the band to play more economically, thus emphasizing the guitar-driven intensity of Parker's compositions.
The album included "Discovering Japan," a bittersweet love song, as well as the edgy, political rock-reggae tune "Protection. Parker's release The Up Escalator featured more tough rockers, including "Endless Night," which boasted backing vocals by Parker fan and rock superstar Bruce Springsteen. Escalator marked the end of Parker's collaboration with The Rumour.
The band had already cut a few albums without him, and he felt that he would be better off on his own. Pareles reviewed the album, this time in Rolling Stone , and felt that "[Parker] clearly feels at home. Please enter recipient e-mail address es. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es.
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