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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I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones, ain’t got no records to play

Life During Wartime – Talking Heads (1979) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Life During Wartime” was released on Talking Heads third studio album, Fear Of Music, in the summer of 1979. This was the second of the string of three albums that Brian Eno produced for the band….and to me at least it’s one of the all-time absolute perfect matches of producer and artist.

This is the second video I’ve made for a Talking Heads song (see “Heaven” https://youtu.be/H506K66A3xo )…..hope to get some more finished later. The video features my FLAC rip from my original Talking Heads DVD-A’s….which remain the absolute greatest way to hear this band. Hope you enjoy.

From Wiki:
Fear of Music is the third studio album by American new wave band Talking Heads, released on 3 August 1979 on Sire Records. It was recorded at locations in New York City between April and May 1979 and was produced by the quartet and Brian Eno. The album reached number 21 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and peaked at number 33 on the UK Albums Chart. Three songs were released as singles between 1979 and 1980: “Life During Wartime”, “I Zimbra”, and “Cities”. The record was certified Gold in the U.S. in 1985.

Fear of Music received favorable reviews from critics. Praise centered on its unconventional rhythms and frontman David Byrne’s lyrical performances. The record is often considered one of the best Talking Heads releases. It has featured in several publications’ lists of the best albums of all time. Britain’s Channel 4 named the record at number 76 in its 2005 countdown of The 100 Greatest Albums.

In 1985, NME named Fear of Music at number 68 in its writers’ list of the All Time 100 Albums. In 1987, Rolling Stone placed it at number 94 in its list of the best albums of the previous 20 years. In 1999, it was included at number 33 in The Guardian’s list of the Top 100 Albums That Don’t Appear In All The Other Top 100 Albums Of All Time. In 2004, Pitchfork Media featured the record at number 31 in its Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s list while, in 2005, Channel 4 ranked it at number 76 during The 100 Greatest Albums countdown.

I loved Talking Heads previous album, More Songs About Buildings And Food and was looking forward to their third release. Fear Of Music was an absolutely brilliant album, one of the most memorable albums during a period when numerous brilliant albums were being produced. I played it constantly that summer and fall and it is one of my two favorite Talking Heads albums (tied with 1985’s Little Creatures)….as well as one of my very favorite albums of the late 70’s- early 80’s…..and wow! how vividly

[Lyrics]
Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons
Packed up and ready to go
Heard of some grave sites, out by the highway
A place where nobody knows
The sound of gunfire, off in the distance
I’m getting used to it now
Lived in a brownstone, lived in a ghetto
I’ve lived all over this town

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco
This ain’t no fooling around
No time for dancing, or lovey dovey
I ain’t got time for that now

Transmit the message, to the receiver
Hope for an answer some day
I got three passports, a couple of visas
You don’t even know my real name
High on a hillside, the trucks are loading
Everything’s ready to roll
I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nighttime
I might not ever get home

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco
This ain’t no fooling around
This ain’t no Mudd Club, or C. B. G. B.
I ain’t got time for that now

Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit?
Heard about Pittsburgh, P. A.?
You oughta know not to stand by the window
Somebody see you up there
I got some groceries, some peanut butter
To last a couple of days
But I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones
Ain’t got no records to play

Why stay in college? Why go to night school?
Gonna be different this time
Can’t write a letter, can’t send a postcard,
I can’t write nothing at all
This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco,
This ain’t no fooling around
I’d like to kiss you, I’d love you hold you
I ain’t got no time for that now

Trouble in transit, got through the roadblock
we blended with the crowd
We got computer, we’re tapping phone lines
I know that ain’t allowed
We dress like students, we dress like housewives
or in a suit and a tie
I changed my hairstyle, so many times now
I don’t know what I look like!
You make me shiver, I feel so tender
We make a pretty good team
Don’t get exhausted, I’ll do some driving
you ought to get some sleep
Get you instructions, follow directions
Then you should change your address
Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day
whatever you think is best
Burned all my notebooks, what good are
Notebooks? They won’t help me survive
My chest is aching, burns like a furnace
The burning keeps me alive
Try to stay healthy, physical fitness
Don’t want to catch no disease
Try to be careful, don’t take no chances
You better watch what you say

Kid – The Pretenders (1980) 192kHz/24bit FLAC 1080p Video

Kid – The Pretenders (1980) 192kHz/24bit FLAC 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Kid” was released on The Pretenders debut studio album, Pretenders, on 7 January 1980 under Real Records (Sire Records in the US). So glad I grew up in the age of vinyl…I’ll always remember it as the opening track of side two….who else is with me here? LOL!

This video edits the shorter video performance to the longer studio track, which was sources from a 192kHz/24bit FLAC source. Happy to once again be able to work a truncated performance clip to the full album track….even if not too many people notice this kind of work, it’s always a fulfilling experience to be able to create a full, high resolution video experience from a crappy sounding, incomplete performance video! I hope you enjoy the thing!

This album was special, so special 🙂 for those of us who were growing up in those days. I guess most guys like myself who were serious rock music fans were all in love with Chrissie for the first half of the 80’s…..I mean, thinking who would be her equal for this generation of “music” lovers?….uh, no one….cause not only was she pretty, she wrote most of her band’s songs, and played a great rhythm guitar as well!

Speaking of guitar, it’s James Honeyman-Scott’s great, unique solo on this song that always makes me want to play it first among an album of fantastic tunes. He died when he was only 25 from a drug overdose…I remember reading the news and thinking what a shame to lose such a genius guitar player….he’s still considered by some as the last really great guitar hero. (James died of heart failure caused by cocaine intolerance two days after original bassist Peter Granville “Pete” Farndon was fired from the band for becoming increasingly difficult to work with due to his drug usage….Pete himself would overdose less than a year later.)

A combination of rock, punk and pop music, this album made the band famous. The album features the singles “Stop Your Sobbing”, “Kid” and “Brass in Pocket”.

Nick Lowe produced the Pretenders’ first single, “Stop Your Sobbing”, but decided not to work with them again as he thought the band was “not going anywhere”. Chris Thomas took over on the subsequent recording sessions.

Pretenders debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart in the week of its release and stayed there for four consecutive weeks. It also made the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum during 1982 by the RIAA. Pretenders has been named one of the best albums of all time by VH1 (#52). In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album number 155 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and, in 1989, ranked it the 20th best album of the 1980s. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at #64 on its list, “Best Albums of the 1980s”.

Pretenders was remastered and re-released in 2006 and included a bonus disc of demos, B-sides and live cuts, many previously unreleased. “Cuban Slide” and “Porcelain” originally appeared as B-sides to “Talk of the Town” and “Message of Love”, while “Swinging London” and “Nervous But Shy” both appeared on the flip side of “Brass in Pocket”. The Regents Park Demo of “Stop Your Sobbing” was included initially as a flexi-single in the May 1981 edition of Flexipop magazine. The tracks “Message of Love”, “Talk of the Town”, “Porcelain” and “Cuban Slide” alongside a live version of the album’s opening track, “Precious”, were released on a follow-up EP entitled Extended Play soon after.

[Lyrics]
Kid what changed your mood
You’ve gone all sad so I feel sad too
I think I know some things we never outgrow
You think it’s wrong
I can tell you do
How can I explain
When you don’t want me to

Kid my only kid
You look so small you’ve gone so quiet
I know you know what I’m about
I won’t deny it
But you forgive though you don’t understand
You’ve turned your head
You’ve dropped by hand

All my sorrow, all my blues
All my sorrow

Shut the light, go away
Full of grace, you cover your face

Kid gracious kid
Your eyes are blue but you won’t cry
I know angry tears are too dear
You won’t let them go

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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