On November 18, 1950, English singer-songwriter Graham Parker, of Graham Parker & the Rumour was born. Although seen as only moderately commercially successful, the energetic performances and witty working class approach of his debut album Howlin’ Wind is said to have ushered in punk and new wave music. His blue collar persona harkened notable musicians including Elvis Costello, Paul Weller and Joe Jackson.
The fourth studio album, Squeezing Out Sparks was put out in 1979 and was voted album of the year by the Village Voice Pazz and Jop and gaining recognition as one of the top 500 albums of all time. Local Girls and several other songs gained considerable radio airplay.
Many of the songs on the album dealt with controversial. This album also marked a considerable change from his previous albums strong soul influences featuring prominent horn section work. This album featured a much more raw sound. As an introductory piece to the pop punk and new wave music rage of the time, Aloha Promises Forever rates this album a nine out of 10.
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