Graham Parker The Up Escalator on Limited Edition Import LP
Since the 1970's when he burst onto the London scene, Graham Parker has been slinging a signature sound across continents and airwaves that has rightly earned him a spot in the pantheon of truly original and influential figures in rock and roll. In his early days with his band the Rumour Parker successfully coupled punk's energy with his deeply rooted love of American R&B, country and soul music. The band also built a reputation as an incendiary live act, as well. He's got a snotty barroom brawler's rasp and sneer, a soulman's swagger and an ear for indelible pop songcraft.
1980's The Up Escalator served as Parker's fifth studio effort and last with the Rumor until 2012. Produced by Jimmy Iovine (John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty), the album boasts a radio friendly polish yet retains the band's signature aggression. The Up Escalator had big shoes to fill as the follow-up to the iconic album Squeezing Out Sparks but Parker delivered the goods once again with energetic rockers like "No Holding Back" and "Endless Night" (featuring background vocals from The Boss), lead single "Stupefaction," and the menacing classic "Empty Lives."