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Graham Parker And The Rumour's 'Long Emotional Ride'

The veteran British musician reflects on reuniting with his band and working with Judd Apatow.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Graham Parker has reunited with his band The Rumour after 30 years. Graham Parker has reunited with his band The Rumour after 30 years. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

They say that truth is stranger than fiction. Well, sometimes truth and fiction are the same thing. In the new film comedy, This Is 40, writer and director Judd Apatow imagines the veteran British musician Graham Parker reuniting with his band, The Rumour. As it turns out, that reunion was already in the works -- even before the director came knocking.

Parker and the Rumour discuss their real life -- and on screen -- comeback in an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer. Parker says that getting group back together after 30 years "felt like a bicycle with four wheels -- the tires needed pumping up" but "right away, we just started playing."

Parker also reveals the fiction-becoming-reality story behind, as he puts it, the "worst album cover in human history," for the band's just-released Three Chords Good. 

Plus, Parker and the band play live -- including a performance of the song "Soul Shoes" from the group's very first album, 1976's Howlin' Wind.

Set List:

  • "Stop Crying About The Rain"
  • "Long Emotional Ride"
  • "Soul Shoes"


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Comments [2]

jc from St Paul

Saw Graham Parker and the Rumour the other night @ the Fitzgerald Theatre in downtown St Paul.
This was the last performance on their current tour. The boys put on a great show and Graham was dead on with his vocals.
Super energy, they looked and acted like they didn't want the tour to end.
Probably going to do a swing through Eurpoe next would be my guess after the holidays and I have to say if you get a chance -go see this band!

Dec. 24 2012 12:30 PM
William Schlosser from New Jersey

It was great to hear Graham Parker and the Rumour back together. They sound as good now as they did back in the seventies. It made me feel like was 20 years old again. Long live british pub rock!

Dec. 11 2012 10:50 PM

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