Graham Parker and the Rumour, one of the UK’s pioneering pre-punk bands return with a new album, Mystery Glue. The Rumour formed in 1975 and although deemed too edgy for the traditional rock scene and too traditional for the emerging punk wave, they were critically acclaimed and are remembered for their incendiary live performances. Reforming a couple of years ago after a 30-plus-year hiatus, they recorded a new album, Three Chords Good and took to the road. Now, fresh from the excitement around that release they return with Mystery Glue, again featuring the original line up of Graham, Bob Andrews, Brinsley Schwarz, Martin Belmont, Andrew Bodnar and Stephen Goulding.
Often cited as a major influence on amongst others Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Paul Weller and Bruce Springsteen, Parker’s song-writing prowess and live intensity lead Springsteen to declare “It was ‘76, that was when Howlin’ Wind came out and, you know I was just getting’ my own ball rolling and suddenly I felt all of this heat. I felt all of the heat on my back when I put that record on because it was so good and it was one of those records that you’re gonna say ‘every single cut is spectacular. And his voice was so…it was one of those ‘cuts through the bullshit’ voices”.