What would be this series when I doesn’t lose any word about Graham Parker? Absolutely nothing. I cannot find better words than was written down in Wikipedia:
Despite only moderate commercial success, Parker’s energetic performances – along with the wittily class-conscious spirit of his debut album Howlin’ Wind – preceded the arrival of punk rock and new wave music. In addition, his quirky-blue-collar image is often believed to be a major influence on the public persona of many British musicians, most notably Elvis Costello, Paul Weller and Joe Jackson. The band’s first album, Howlin’ Wind, was released to acclaim in April 1976 and was rapidly followed by the stylistically similar Heat Treatment. A mixture of rock, ballads, and reggae-influenced numbers, these albums reflected Parker’s early influences (Motown, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison) and contained the songs which formed the core of Parker’s live shows – “Black Honey”, “Soul Shoes”, “Lady Doctor”, “Fool’s Gold”, and his early signature tune “Hey Lord, Don’t Ask Me Questions”, which hit the Top 40 in the UK.
Howlin’ Wind was on heavy rotation in this time and it marks what pub rock was and what it made famous: The time between classical and boring rock music and the time of new music what was called punk rock/new wave. I loved Graham Parkers deep and soulful voice that fits to most of them songs he wrote. Even it was a classical ballad or a reggae tune – he did it all well.