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Imaginary Television

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***CD Includes a 16 page booklet of Graham's great synopses of these shows***

Channels Them-era Van Morrison, New York style Lou Reed, and the omnipresent Bob Dylan. On Imaginary Television, GP combines indelible hooks, penchant for the British blues-rock revival with a touch of the reggae and biting political commentary to produce an incredibly solid record.

Full Description

On Imaginary Television, Graham Parker combines indelible hooks, penchant for the British blues-rock revival with a touch of the reggae and biting political commentary to produce an incredibly solid record.  Channels Them-era Van Morrison, New York style Lou Reed, and the omnipresent Bob Dylan.

So what's the album all about?  It's impetus?  Let's let GP himself answer:

"Last Spring my recently acquired publishing administrators sent me an e-mail from the music supervisors of an upcoming TV sitcom. They needed a 'Main Title,' otherwise known as a theme tune. I’d never tried anything like this before but found myself intrigued by the idea of writing within a set of confines.

Half an hour later, I had the tune and right away booked a nearby studio to record it. Foolishly, they turned it down, even though I’d nailed that sucker.  Two weeks later, another request came along and the same scenario repeated itself, this time with the added nuisance that the 'Folks At The Top' chose the most lame piece of work for the show you could possibly imagine.

Enough of this, I thought, and went off to write treatments to my own imaginary TV shows which I would grace with the correct theme tunes, not ones chosen by idiots.  (Instead of lyrics on the album cover, you get plots!). Hence, Imaginary Television."  

LONG HAILED for having a sharp wit and uncanny storytelling ability, Graham Parker might also abe clairvoyant – or at least omniscient. Heck, this still-pretty-angry, not-so-young man has foreseen the future of the music industry! In an era when artists are selling fewer records and being forced to tour until the wheels fall off, the most money and the most buzz is coming from licensing. Sure, it might be almost unbearable to hear Roger Daltrey wailing on the radio these days after getting Who-blasted every time a C.S.I. spinoff is on, but for a lot of indie artists, getting a commercial placement is the difference between wallowing in semi-obscurity and at least having a little money in the bank.

The songs are far from literal, though. Imaginary Television’s tongue-in-cheek lyrical takes on political differences, everyday life and even the constant but infuriating nature of the Weather Channel aren’t just astoundingly accurate boob-tube ditties, but sharp epics as well. Exactly what listeners have always expected from Graham Parker, and exactly what he’s doing better than ever these days.

***Includes a 16 page booklet of Graham's great synopses of these shows***

Weather Report
Always Greener
1st Responder

Short Description
  • Bitingly acerbic and beautifully tender.

    — Country Standard Time
  • Shows he hasn't lost a lick. Imaginary Television is full of everything that great rock possesses: unforgetable melodies, lyrics that make us think and twitch, musicians who turn notes into inspiration and a voice we'll follow anywhere. Parker has all these and much, much more. He still has magic, and is full of new classics like "Broken Skin" and "Bring Me a Heart Again" which show the past 30 years have been lived wisely.

    — Sonic Boomers
  • As the quintessential artist whose career has had a third and fourth wind, Parker continues a fairly remarkable creative roll he's been on since the early 2000s. These character-driven musical studies... are like short stories you can dance to.

    — Toledo Blade
  • He's still got a knack with a spirited melodic hook - try to get the tart "Weather Report" or the reggae-flavored "See Things My Way" out of your head after one or two spins - and when life gives you lemons until you want to vomit lemonade, listen to "It's My Party (But I Won't Cry)" for a mug of fortifying tenacity tonic.

    — Cleveland Scene
  • MUST HEAR CD: It's a brilliant conceit, and one that's suited to Parker's strengths: a collection of would-be theme songs for elaborately absurd — and thus perfectly plausible — TV shows. Predictably, there's plenty of cheeky wit here, but also flecks of tenderness and pathos as the singer/songwriter evokes the desperation of characters who seem bizarre enough to be real

    — USA Today

Track List

  • 1. Weather Report
  • 2. Broken Skin
  • 3. It's My Party (But I Won't Cry)
  • 4. Bring Me A Heart AGain
  • 5. Snowgun
  • 6. Always Greener
  • 7. See Things My Way
  • 8. You're Not Where You Think You Are
  • 9. Head On Straight
  • 10. More Questions Than Answers
  • 11. 1st Responder


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