“…but not that much…”

parker.jpgOne of my favorite rockers is Graham Parker, but I began to lose touch with his creative output in about 1981.  With the help of Rhapsody, I’ve been trying to catch up and am delighted to report–he’s put out a lot of great music since then.  One of the best albums is out of print, but Amazon sells used copies:  The Last Rock ‘N’ Roll Tour, a 1997 disc he made with the Figgs. It’s a good catch-up of the best of his 80s and 90s songs, with some of the older stuff mixed in and performed with the kind of manic energy and verve we associated with Parker’s former backup band, the Rumor. 

Parker’s a Last Angry Man. When I picked up on him, he was a young Last Angry Man.  Now he’s an old Last Angry Man.  There isn’t really much difference–as I’m finding myself.  If anything, the added years give you more things to be angry about.

I love “Obsessed With Aretha”:

You get a lot of girl singers obsessed with Aretha
You get a lot of little swingers wishin’ they could be her
Some of those sisters can rock and roll
All God’s children gotta little bit of soul
But not that much no no no not that much

….

You get a lot of little monkeys swingin’ from the treetops
You get a lot of little flunkeys singin’ on Top of the Pops
Some of them appear in the gutter press Tellin’ you their lives are a mess
But not that much no no no not that much

You get a lot of little stringers pullin’ out their penknives
Cuttin’ up history Jugglin’ with lives
Bein’ a reporter is a glamorous trade
You don’t even have to tell the truth to get paid
Well not that much no no no not that much

Yeah but when you hear Aretha singing on some advertisement
Or with a big fussy band on some hall of fame concert
She’s still got the lungs and the dress and the mink stole
You might even say the girl’s still got soul
But not that much no no no not that much

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