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Graham Parker (more HERE) showed Britain's punks you could be angry without being ignorant. However, as the punks got angrier Parker felt the need to match them hate for hate, while continuing to school them on how to focus that anger. Dave Thompson's London's Burning provides the money quote:
"Our attitude to punk was, we were kind of jolted." We were in a field of one, doing things like : "You Can't Hurry Love" really aggrressively, doing reggae with this angry attitude; we had it all together and suddenly we were not the only ballgame. There was this thing called [Punk Rock]....and it was a bit scary for us. So we thought we'd better crank it up another level and came back really nasty."And Parker's records did grow ever-more belligerent throughout the seventies, as you can witness on Parker and The Rumour's Live on the Test. This set is made up of performances done for the BBC TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test between March 17th 1977 and March 20th 1978 . It's further proof of Parker and The Rumour's live fire-power. If, like Parker himself, you believe Mutt Lange's production of his second album, Heat Treatment, is sterile, then you'll find these versions raw and bloody enough to be a bio-hazard.
1 Heat Treatment Parker 4:08
2 Silly Thing Parker 3:09
3 Fool's Gold Parker 4:26
4 Pourin' It All Out Parker 3:40
5 Gypsy Blood Parker 5:32
6 Don't Ask Me Questions Parker 5:22
7 Hold Back the Night Parker 3:16
8 Not If It Pleases Me Parker 3:01
9 Soul Shoes Parker 3:23
10 Kansas City Parker 3:13
11 Stick to Me Parker 3:32
12 Problem Child Parker 3:42
13 Back Door Love Parker 3:09
14 Thunder and Rain Parker 3:19
15 Turned up Too Late Parker 3:34
16 Saturday Nite Is Dead Parker 3:23
17 Tear Your Playhouse Down Parker 3:58
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