3 From Graham Parker’s 1976 classic Heat Treatment album

Black Honey – Graham Parker (1976) FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Black Honey”was released on Graham Parker and the Rumours’ second album, Heat Treatment, in October 1976. Chipping slowly away at other concept videos and decided to, as has been my modus operandi lately, to push out a few quick equalizer style vids from another great album using what I consider the best sounding available release of the songs encoded in high quality FLAC audio. This time I chose a few favorite tracks from this great Graham Parker album…then again ALL of Graham Parker’s albums are great ones, and it’s past time for me to focus on selections from some of them.

Since I first bought this record this song always made me think about Pam Grier (you’d need to have grown up in the seventies to understand, if you didn’t grow up in the seventies and know who she was….I’m sorry for ya! 😉 so I honor her with the first image!

A close follow-up to the debut album, Howlin’ Wind, Heat Treatment was well received by critics and contains signature Parker songs like the rollicking title track, “Pourin’ It All Out”, and “Fool’s Gold”. “That’s What They All Say” is a Dylan-esque putdown from a realist perspective, while “Turned Up Too Late” was perhaps Parker’s most emotionally mature composition to date. “Black Honey” is a dark, downcast sequel to the debut’s upbeat first track “White Honey”. “Hotel Chambermaid” was covered many years later by Rod Stewart. The Rumour was credited on the back cover and the label, but not on the album’s front cover.

In recent years Parker on his website has singled out this album as one of his least favorite of his own works, citing his inexperienced vocal technique, his rushed songwriting, and the stiff production by Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

In 2001, Vertigo/Mercury issued a remastered and expanded CD, including two tracks from The Pink Parker EP.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars
Robert Christgau A
Rolling Stone (positive)
Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars
Trouser Press (Very favorable)

The album finished second in the 1976 Village Voice critics poll of the year’s best albums along with his previous album, Howlin’ Wind, released the same year, at number four.

[Lyrics]
Oh black honey’s in my soul, oh black honey’s in my soul
Never been no poor man never been too rich
Since black honey went bone dry my feet begin to itch
And I wish we never parted I wish we had a choice
Cause now I roam these bitter lands
A face without a voice

Oh black honey’s in my soul
Oh black honey’s in my soul

I just don’t know who did this thing
Don’t know who tied the rope
But since black honey’s watered down
The future holds no hope

And I wish we never parted I wish we had a choice
Cause now I roam these bitter lands
A face without a voice Yeah, a face without a voice

And it’s like this baby, I feel I’ve missed baby
And it’s like this baby with me
I need you, oh

Oh black honey’s in my soul, oh black honey’s in my soul
Oh black honey’s in my … deep inside my soul
Oh black honey’s in my so oh oh oh oh oh soul

Back Door Love – Graham Parker (1976) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Back Door Love”was released on Graham Parker and the Rumours’ second album, Heat Treatment, in October 1976. Chipping slowly away at other concept videos and decided to, as has been my modus operandi lately, to push out a few quick equalizer style vids from another great album using what I consider the best sounding available release of the songs encoded in high quality FLAC audio. This time I chose a few favorite tracks from this great Graham Parker album…then again ALL of Graham Parker’s albums are great ones, and it’s past time for me to focus on selections from some of them. “Back Door Love” is probably my favorite track from this album…though there are many other fine songs on it!

A close follow-up to the debut album, Howlin’ Wind, Heat Treatment was well received by critics and contains signature Parker songs like the rollicking title track, “Pourin’ It All Out”, and “Fool’s Gold”. “That’s What They All Say” is a Dylan-esque putdown from a realist perspective, while “Turned Up Too Late” was perhaps Parker’s most emotionally mature composition to date. “Black Honey” is a dark, downcast sequel to the debut’s upbeat first track “White Honey”. “Hotel Chambermaid” was covered many years later by Rod Stewart. The Rumour was credited on the back cover and the label, but not on the album’s front cover.

In recent years Parker on his website has singled out this album as one of his least favorite of his own works, citing his inexperienced vocal technique, his rushed songwriting, and the stiff production by Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

In 2001, Vertigo/Mercury issued a remastered and expanded CD, including two tracks from The Pink Parker EP.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars
Robert Christgau A
Rolling Stone (positive)
Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars
Trouser Press (Very favorable)

The album finished second in the 1976 Village Voice critics poll of the year’s best albums along with his previous album, Howlin’ Wind, released the same year, at number four.

[Lyrics]
I’ve waited all night jumped all the red lights
Dodged all the turnpikes took all the wrong rights
I pulled up outside made the cat run down the street
Washing line hung with sheets
The night was dark and sweet oh oh oh oh

It’s just a back door love, It’s just a back door love
Back door loving let nobody shut it out No-one shut it out

Hey when you touch me baby my treble sounds a little louder
My bass booms a lot brighter my rhythm rocks a little tighter
Oh and I may be wrong to keep the back door love this way
The only reason I’m hanging on
To keep the front door folks away oh oh oh oh

It’s just a back door love, It’s just a back door love
Back door loving let nobody shut it out No-one shut it out

She give me back door love She give me back door love
Back door loving let nobody shut it out
I’m going to knock knock on her back door
Oh And I don’t even know if it’s right Oh yeah
But I just feel real nice when you say you’ll hold me tight
Oh yeah La la la la la la …… Hey hey yeah

Oh oh oh oh yeah

She give me back door love Got to give me back door love Hey hey yeah
Back door loving let nobody shut it
Back door loving let nobody shut it
Back door loving let nobody shut it out
Don’t shut it out Don’t shut it out baby
Don’t shut it out lordie lordie lordie lordie
Don’t shut it out lordie lordie lordie lordie ………

Fool’s Gold – Graham Parker (1976) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Fool’s Gold”was released on Graham Parker and the Rumours’ second album, Heat Treatment, in October 1976.

Chipping slowly away at other concept videos and decided to, as has been my modus operandi lately, to push out a few quick equalizer style vids from another great album using what I consider the best sounding available release of the songs encoded in high quality FLAC audio. This time I chose a few favorite tracks from this great Graham Parker album…then again ALL of Graham Parker’s albums are great ones, and it’s past time for me to focus on selections from some of them. “Fool’s Gold” is a great song from the record!

A close follow-up to the debut album, Howlin’ Wind, Heat Treatment was well received by critics and contains signature Parker songs like the rollicking title track, “Pourin’ It All Out”, and “Fool’s Gold”. “That’s What They All Say” is a Dylan-esque putdown from a realist perspective, while “Turned Up Too Late” was perhaps Parker’s most emotionally mature composition to date. “Black Honey” is a dark, downcast sequel to the debut’s upbeat first track “White Honey”. “Hotel Chambermaid” was covered many years later by Rod Stewart. The Rumour was credited on the back cover and the label, but not on the album’s front cover.

In recent years Parker on his website has singled out this album as one of his least favorite of his own works, citing his inexperienced vocal technique, his rushed songwriting, and the stiff production by Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

In 2001, Vertigo/Mercury issued a remastered and expanded CD, including two tracks from The Pink Parker EP.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars
Robert Christgau A
Rolling Stone (positive)
Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars
Trouser Press (Very favorable)

The album finished second in the 1976 Village Voice critics poll of the year’s best albums along with his previous album, Howlin’ Wind, released the same year, at number four.

[Lyrics]
I been doing my homework now for a long long time
And everything that I look for I know I will one day find
I’m a fool so I’m told I get left in the cold
‘Cause I will search the world for that fool’s gold, fool’s gold

Oh, the world may be full of girls with their charms on show
But the one that I seek will have much more than any I know
People say heaven knows see what comes I suppose
But I will search the world for that fool’s gold, fool’s gold

Huh, I, I, I, I, I, I, I
I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, oh yeah
Then oh, people say heaven knows

Heaven knows heaven knows see what comes I suppose
But I will search the world for that fool’s gold
Oh yeah, fool’s gold, oh, ho, yeah fool’s gold
Fool’s gold, fool’s gold, fool’s gold

Fool’s gold, fool’s gold, fool’s gold, fool’s gold
Keep searching in the mountains in the valleys in the deep blue sea
I will search, I will search, I will search for fool’s gold
Go oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I will search for fool’s gold, I will search for fool’s gold
I will search, I will search, I will search
I will search for fool’s gold, I will search for fool’s gold
I’m a fool, I will search, I will search, I will search for fool’s gold

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“Impenetrable I can’t get inside of it no…”

Impenetrable – Graham Parker (1996) FLAC Audio HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Impenetrable” was released in September 1996 on Graham Parker’s 14th studio album, Acid Bubblegum. Nothing more to say about Graham Parker that I’ve not already said…he’s one on my top 20 artists and I listen to his catalog very frequently….he’s yet to release an album that I haven’t loved.

“Impenetrable” was one of my favorite songs from Acid Bubblegum…there are a couple more from it I’d like to get around to. All Graham Parker’s albums are strong and have at least a few songs that I count among my favorite of his catalog.

This video was another quickie using an audio spectrum effect from the track…this time over Graham’s sunglasses (bummed because I originally had the left lens picking up only the (really cool) bass playing, but I somehow lost it before rendering. The image I used of Graham was pretty low-res and I had to really lay on the blur to lose the jaggies…there are numerous other photos of Graham in sunglasses, but this one was the one I really wanted to use for the effect.

Play Graham’s music loud and play it often and if you’re not already a fan…get read to become one! 😉 Thanks to all for watching!

[Lyrics]
I’m in a trailer with some white trash.
They’re drinkin’ beer and smokin’ grass
There’s a dumb chick with peroxide hair.
She’s got Axl Rose tattooed on her ass
They’re holding me up like a trophy in a hall
Like a deer skin or a bear’s head they bought from the mall
I act like I’m with them but I’m behind a wall
Behind a wall in the darkness
[Chorus:]

Impenetrable
I ca – ah – ah – ah – an’t
Impenetrable
I wake up in a foreign bed.
The hotel is empty the porters are dead
The maids are diseased but the manager said:
I’ll buy you a drink in the bar pal
Because you’re our last customer. You’re our last hope
The city’s deserted, the Government’s broke
I act like I’m with him but I’m ready to bolt
Out through the door into the darkness
[Chorus]
Out in the darkness the New Year’s crowd howl
It’s the same celebration for 20 years now
I found myself there once alone in a crowd
And the rules haven’t changed for a minute
They’re hoisting an effigy up on a pole
It’s someone I remember, it’s someone I know
I can’t place the face but when the gasoline flows
I feel the flames lick round my ankles
[Chorus]

 

 

Graham Parker has heard “There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky”… “On The Other Side Of The Reservoir” (2007)

The Other Side Of The Reservoir – Graham Parker (2007) HQ Audio HD Video

“The Other Side Of The Reservoir” was released in the winter of 2007 on Graham Parker’s 18th album, Don’t Tell Columbus.

I’ve gone on about Graham Parker enough in my last video (“Jolie Jolie”) for one of his songs, so I won’t repeat myself….other than to say this guy is one of my very favorite songwriters and has produced consistently brilliant and strong albums from his very first up until has most recent.

I mentioned wanting to show his work a bit more love with more vids….and among those I’ve been thinking about were a couple of tracks from the Don’t Tell Columbus album, including “The Other Side Of The Reservoir”. I found an old clip about the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and edited it to the track with minimal fuss…though there were hard decisions because I had to lose about half of the video. I tried to use the minimal amount of effects to make the vid look better in HD, so as not to lose the realism of the original clip..I cranked up the black level way high here, I hope I didn’t go too far….I hope you enjoy the result.

***From Allmusic.com: Depending on which album you get from Graham Parker these days, he’s either set on reminding us that he’s still capable of serving up the sort of lean and feisty rock & roll that made him a cult hero years ago, or demonstrating that he’s matured into a pithy and very gifted singer/songwriter with the passage of time. 2007’s Don’t Tell Columbus falls into the latter category (and follows his 2005 studio set Songs of No Consequence, which happened to fit into the former scenario), and while there are several examples of his acerbic side on display (most notably “England’s Latest Clown,” which concerns someone quite a bit like Pete Doherty, and “Stick to the Plan,” a witty but poison-penned meditation on George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina), Parker’s more gentle side dominates Don’t Tell Columbus, and it serves him well on these tunes. The title cut is a cautious celebration of his adopted home in the guise of a road story, “The Other Side of the Reservoir” and “Suspension Bridge” are richly detailed slice-of-life stories, “Love of Delusion” is an intelligent but uncompromising story of a relationship gone sour, and “Somebody Saved Me” is an equally honest story from the other side of the coin. While Parker doesn’t rock especially hard here, the arrangements are taut, concise and full-bodied even when the electric guitars fade into the backdrop, and Parker handles the lion’s share of the guitar work himself with an easy confidence, while Mike Gent shines on drums and Ryan Barnum adds some well-placed keyboard textures that give the tunes welcome color and balance. If Don’t Tell Columbus doesn’t sound like it’s markedly superior to such recent Graham Parker efforts as Your Country and Songs of No Consequence, those were both strong albums and so is this, and what impresses most at this stage of Parker’s career is his consistency — he’s writing first-rate songs and putting them on record with heart, soul and conviction, and he hasn’t sounded this reliably inspired since the mid-’80s. It’s a fine thing he’s still around.
***End AllMusic.com.

[Lyrics]
What Were They Thinking
When They Dug That Hole
And Bulldozed That Town Down
Wall By Wall
Laying The Asphalt And
Diverting That Rolling River
So There’d Be Water For Us All
I Got Some Photographs
I Don’t Know If They’re Us Or Not
Ah But My Memories Fading Fast
They Might As Well Take That Too
It’s No Use To Me Or You
I Guess It Was Not Designed To Last
I Heard You Live There Now
And That You’ve Settled Down
And Accepted The Vastness Of It All
Maybe I’ll Write A Letter
Cos I’ve Heard That Life’s Much Better
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
Well Time Has A Funny Way
Of Doubling Back On Itself
And Showing The Things That Really Last
Was It Just Yesterday
You Left For Greener Pastures
Or Was That Way Back In The Past
I Got Some Photographs
Of A Long Lost Valley
Now Filled With Water Shore To Shore
That Rolls Under Miles Of Land
Right Down To New York City
But At Least No One’s Thirsty Any More
I Heard You Live There Now
And That You’ve Settled Down
And Accepted The Vastness Of It All
Maybe I’ll Get In Touch
I’ve Heard That There’s So Much
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
So What Were They Thinking
When They Dug That Hole
And Flooded The Meadows Green And Fair
Was It So Satisfying
They Didn’t Hear People Crying
As They Watched Their Lives
Get Moved Elsewhere
Well I Hear The Trees Grow Tall
By That Retaining Wall
And There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky
Maybe I’ll Write A Letter
Cos I’ve Heard That Life’s Much Better
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir

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Jolie Jolie – Graham Parker (1980) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

Jolie Jolie – Graham Parker (1980) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

“Jolie Jolie” was released on Graham Parker’s fifth album, The Up Escalator, in the spring of 1980. During my first year of college, one weekend as one of my dorm suite-mates was getting ready to head home for the weekend, he threw a cassette at me and (knowing my love for music and that I worked at the record store) said something to the effect of; “i bought this cassette, but it’s shit…i don’t want it…..you can have it if you want”. I looked down into my hands to see a brand-new cassette, Graham Parker’s Squeezing Out Sparks. It only took a single listen for me to become a serious Graham Parker fan for life! I probably bought the vinyl within a day or so (as my medium of choice) and then spent the next couple of months searching out his earlier albums (his first two albums, Howling Wind & Heat Treatment are indisputable masterpieces) and remember the thrill of finding his next record (The Up Escalator) when I opened a box of newly shipped records at the record store.

Graham Parker remains in my top 20 artists of all time (lyrically he’s top 10), I have purchased every album that he ever released, and I can honestly say that he hasn’t made a single record that I don’t love. His music has been a huge part of my life and I listen to his stuff all the time…..and as such it’s unusual that this is only my second video (after a very early “Waiting For The UFO’s”

…..though I do have many started, yet unfinished videos for his tracks scattered around. I hope to get around to some more of my favorite Graham Parker tracks….in the meantime watch some Graham Parker videos or buy some of his tracks and support this great artist!

Anyway, “Jolie Jolie” has always been one of my favorite tracks from this great album….I hope you enjoy & thanks for watching!

[Lyrics]
There’s no remedy
I just keep yearning for the sound of your voice
I don’t use teardrops as a weapon by choice
They’re just a fall out of my eyes

Keep reminding me
Every last touch is buried under my skin
Every caress keeps up the hunger within
Now I’m in a feeding frenzy of loving you
Loving you

Jolie Jolie gets my attention
Jolie Jolie don’t have to mention
I know what you want
And you know what I need
And don’t you ever forget it
Jolie Jolie Jolie Jolie

In the Mexican Quarter now
The women so hungry that they eat their own kids
I feel out of place in making takeover bids
But when you get that hungry, rock steady, yeah
And you giving all that love
Nothing so much has ever been mine before
I tried to disguise it in these words for sure
It’s just an idiot’s way of telling you
Telling you

Jolie Jolie gets my attention
Jolie Jolie don’t have to mention
I know what you want
And you know what I need
And don’t you ever forget it
Jolie Jolie

Always in the bitter end
Lovers just become good friends
Not with you I always want to go for it,
And another thing
I’m not losing any sleep
When I stay awake waiting up for you
In the end I get something to show for it
go for it,
go go go go

And there’s no remedy
I just keep yearning for the sound of your voice
I don’t use teardrops as weapons by choice
They’re just a fall out of my eyes

Jolie Jolie gets my attention
Jolie Jolie don’t have to mention
I know what you want
And you know what I need
And don’t you ever forget it
Jolie Jolie gets my attention
Jolie Jolie don’t have to mention
I know what you want
And you know what I need
And don’t you ever forget it
Jolie Jolie
Jolie Jolie
Jolie Jolie
Jolie Jolie
Jolie Jolie
Jolie Jolie

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