Thursday, February 18, 2010

Graham Parker: King Biscuit Flower Hour

Critically, Graham Parker's early 80s albums are usually dismissed as lightweight. To be fair both the excellent Another Grey Area and the less-then-excellent The Real Macaw do suffer from glossy production and perfunctory sessionmen back-up. Parker is Parker of course and while there was a let-up in the vitriol (lest he sneer himself into a corner) his lyrics remained knife-like.

(Can you imagine Elvis Costello or Joe Jackson rocking this hard in 1983?)

So what a dark joy it is to find this out-of-print live show broadcast on the horribly-named King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1983 which delivers more heavyweight, spark-squeezing performances of the songs from those more nettlesome albums.

King Biscuit Flower Hour

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And don't forget Parker's current home Bloodshot Records,where you can order this new old live album or some of his blood-stirring recent work.


  1. just beyond peak parker for me but a great set list

  2. Doug
    Gotta put up some more live Parker soon.

    "Just beyond' indeed...


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