Graham Parker & the Rumour

Snarling and sneering out particularly literate bile while his lithe band of pub rockers negotiated insidiously enthralling pop hooks, Graham Parker rocketed out of England in 1976 with a pair of memorable albums that slightly presaged punk and kicked off a career that is just now coming full circle. Parker and the intact Rumour — guitarists Brinsley Schwarz and Martin Belmont, keyboardist Bob Andrews, drummer Steve Goulding, bassist Andrew Bodnar — have reunited after 32 years, with a new album, Three Chords Good, and a key role in Judd Apatow's new film, This Is 40. Parker and the band split in 1980 after four studio albums, including '76's Howlin' Wind and Heat Treatment; the Rumour to other pursuits, Parker eventually to upstate New York and a singer-songwriter existence, albeit with a cult following, his withering invectives undiminished. The Rumour is still a particularly supple band, easily slipping into reggae, soul, and jazz, with a measure of the old careening rock surfacing on "Coathangers," a clever harangue against "reptilian brains...ready to strip your rights away" from Parker, who clearly hasn't mellowed. Live, expect lots of rummaging through those first four albums. (Photo by Jeff Fasano)
Wed., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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